The Okanagan Sunflower is the official floral emblem of Kelowna. Also known as the Arrowleaf Balsamroot, the indigenous flowering plant thrives particularly well in the Kelowna area and is one of the longest blooming wildflowers, providing abundant splashes of bright yellow on the hillsides in early spring. The plant is drought tolerant; it’s completely edible and was used by the First Nations peoples as a food source. Its large yellow flowers reflect the sunny Okanagan skies and the hot summer climate.
Coat of Arms
The official Coat of Arms is the formal symbol of civic authority that is used for official purposes including documents requiring the official seal, flags, Council Chambers, and Mayor and Council use.
The City of Kelowna’s Armorial Bearings were officially accepted by City Council on January 3, 1955 as granted in a Letter Patent by the College of Heralds in England.
The shield, with wavy blue lines on white at the base, depicts Okanagan Lake from which rise three white piles, representing mountains; above these are two apples of gold. Astride the shield, knightly armour, surrounded by a wreath, supports an apple tree. At the base of the tree, the crosscut saw is emblematic of the lumber industry and early pioneers.
The supporters are, on the dexter side, a grizzly bear, indicating the derivation of the City’s name, and, on the sinister side, a seahorse, which in heraldry is the closest approximation of our Ogopogo.
The Motto, “Fruitful in Unity” alludes to Kelowna’s steady progress, largely attributable to its fruit industry and the community mind-set and cooperation of its citizens.
Reproduction of the Coat of Arms as a graphic element is restricted to approved usage when a formal or ceremonial image is considered appropriate. All usage will need to be approved by Community & Media Relations.