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Ville de Rivière-du-Loup

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[Ville de Rivière-du-Loup] by Luc Baronian

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City flag

I saw this flag flying in November 2004. Adapting the French text about the logo:

The logo consists of a wave and a set of rectangles forming a dynamic whole. The wave represents the importance of water in the local scenery and the warmth of the city, as well as of its inhabitants, nature and scenery. The penetrating wave symbolizes the seaway and the two central divisions represent the highways of this crossroads city. The three rectangles represent the three parishes with their three churches, the three legends about the origins of the name and the multitude of services found in the city. The green-grey color chosen indicates the main characteristic of Rivière-du-Loup: a magnificent city, enchanting surroundings, a unique city close to the bigger centers, and where it is pleasant to live, study, develop, invest and build. The three legends about the city's name (literally The Wolf's River) are: a) a French ship called Le Loup was forced to stay at the mouth of the river for a whole winter in 1660; b) Champlain's encounter with an Amerindian tribe called the mahigans (the wolves); c) the most probable is the presence of seawolves (seals) at the mouth of the river.

Luc Baronian, 6 May 2005

Promotional Flag

[Ville de Rivière-du-Loup] by Luc Baronian

According to the February 2005 city bulletin, there are also two other flags flown in Rivière-du-Loup: one is a promotional flag with the city slogan "Une culture à ciel ouvert" ('An open-sky culture') and promotional logo; the other was designed by local resident and artist Pierre Sénéchal and is entitled "À l'affût" (an expression meaning 'waiting to seize the right opportunity'). This latter flag is blue with three intertwined curvy white stripes. The three stripes represent once again the three parishes and the crossroads situation of the city. The design also makes reference to a bird in flight, signifying the city's economic boom, and an eye can be distinguished between the curves, reminding the importance for the community to see far ahead, to be vigilant and "à l'affût".
Luc Baronian, 6 May 2005