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 Vancouver  (est. 2014)

About the Vancouver Branch

Welcome to the Vancouver Branch of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada. Our Branch was officially chartered on 8 Feb. 2014 and is the newest branch in the Society. Our members are intrepid heraldists and we invite you to join us in our activities and events, including an annual black tie dinner, luncheons, visits to heraldic sites, etc.

Our Branch is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the art and science of heraldry in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Interior regions of the province as shown on the map on this page.


Membership Info

Members receive our quarterly, 8 to12 page, electronic publication, “The Standard”, with original heraldic articles, news and views from the world of heraldry. Membership in our branch is open to all members of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada at a cost of $20 per year. Email: for further information.

Proposed Vancouver Branch Badge

 Blazon: Within an annulet of eight points set on the outer edge Or, per pale Vert and Argent per fess dancetty all counterchanged in base a bar wavy Azure per pale Argent.

Symbolism: The design was inspired by the natural features of the geographic area of the Branch; the majestic mountain ranges, vast forests and arable valleys; the wavy bar represents the waters of the region, particularly our longest river, the Fraser, flowing the length of the province and emptying into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver. The green and white are the colours of nature, changing with the passing seasons. Green is also the dominant colour of the aurora borealis, often visible, particularly in the northern parts of British Columbia.

In due course, following approval by the Board, the badge will be submitted to the Canadian Heraldic Authority for a grant.


Honorary Patron: Her Honour Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

Vice Patron: Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Judge Robert D. Watt, MVO, FRHSC, AIH, FHS (Hon)

Branch Executive:

New Westminster, BC
1st Vice-President: Leopold Kurcz  click to view arms in the Society's roll of arms
2nd Vice-President: Paul Richards  click to view arms in the Society's roll of arms
Secretary: Sir John Cave-Brown-Cave, Bt
Treasurer: Carl Larsen  click to view arms in the Society's roll of arms
Editor: The Standard Carl Larsen  click to view arms in the Society's roll of arms
Art Director: The Standard Allan Ailo
Directors: Robert Grey, Joan Merrington, Gerald McKinnon
These members are armigerous, click on the shield next to their name to view their arms.

Membership Info:

Click to view The Standard's initial cover design
Candidates for membership in our branch must first be national members of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada and Branch membership which requires a modest additional annual fee. This entitles them to participate in all our activities and receive our publication, The Standard.


Released: May 18, 2014 / Last modified: May 20, 2014-->