On January 16, 2005 the official Coat-of-Arms was unveiled in the Council Chambers of the Norfolk County Administration Building at 50 Colborne St. S. , Simcoe, Ontario . The unveiling took place at the annual Mayor’s Levee before a large public gathering of residents, Council and staff members.
The Coat-of-Arms will be used on the County’s official seal, proclamations, certificates, awards and invitations originating form the Office of the Mayor and Council. A large scale version of the Coat-of-Arms can be seen in the Council Chambers during regular working hours.
The following information describes Norfolk County ‘s Coat-of-Arms as granted from the Canadian Heraldic Authority. The granting of these arms provides sole use and reproduction to the County and is not to be used by others.
The main part of the shield is green, and on it is a white Eastern dogwood flower with gold seeds. The top third of the shield is gold and set with three green leaves of the tulip tree. Green and gold are the colours used by Norfolk County, appropriate for a municipality with a largely agricultural base. The dogwood flower is a feature of the Carolinian forest, and it appeared on the arms granted to the former Town of Simcoe , as well as on the assumed arms of Norfolk Township. The tulip tree leaf is also a feature of the Carolinian forest, and it is used here for the first time in Canadian heraldry.
A gold circlet is set with yellow perch with their heads upwards. Rising out of this is the Long Point lighthouse in white. This is set on a wreath of twisted cloth in gold and green. The perch indicate the sport fishing important to the region. The Long Point lighthouse, built in 1916 at the tip of Long Point peninsula in Lake Erie, is a local architectural landmark.
“History Heritage and Diversity” was chosen to indicate three important ideas from the County.
On either side of the shield is a hooded warbler in its natural colours. Each holds in its beak an ear of grain, the left one wheat and the right one rye. They are standing on a compartment of sandy soil with waves at the bottom. Two golden tobacco leaves are placed on the soil.
In Canada , the hooded warbler is found only in Norfolk County, which makes the appearance of this beautiful bird unique in Canadian heraldry. The ears of grain they hold and the tobacco leaves below them indicate some of the important crops grown in the County. The sandy compartment on which they stand marks the County’s location on the north shore of Lake Erie , especially the intrusion of the Long Point peninsula.
A green disc on which there is a white Eastern dogwood flower with gold seeds. This is based on the arms.
The use of the Norfolk County Coat-of-Arms is protected under the trademark laws of Canada . The use of the Coat-of-Arms, in print and electronic form, is reserved for ceremonial functions and official communication purposes for legislative and regulatory matters. Unless otherwise specified, no one has permission to copy, redistribute, reproduce, republish or modify the Coat-of-Arms in any form without the written permission of the County Manager .
Original concept of Bruce Patterson, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.
Painter: Debbie MacGarvie
Calligrapher: Doris Wionzek