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Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada)

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[Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador] 1:2 image by Eugene Ipavec
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18


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Gander

from the Gander website

The Town of Gander is located in central Newfoundland and is a major service centre for the area. The community is situated on the Trans Canada Highway with access to deep water ports in just 30 minutes. Gander is the home of Gander International Airport with daily domestic and international flights serving the province, the region and the world.

From its beginnings as a strategic location during the war, Gander International Airport was a staging area for the Royal Air Force Ferry Command. Gander's importance during the war continued to be equally as important during peace time- the construction of the Town of Gander began in the early 50's and the airport town is now a bustling community.

Valentin Poposki, 16 September 2008


Current Flag

Text and image(s) from Canadian City Flags, Raven 18 (2011), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) by permission of Eugene Ipavec.

Design

The flag of the Town of Gander is a Canadian pale design of blue-white-blue. In the centre is a seal, three-fourths the height of the flag, bearing a naturalistic depiction of a large male Canada goose (Branta canadensis) in black and golden yellow outlined in white, with the distinctive white patch on its cheek and throat, flying across a central blue disc toward the left. Surrounding the blue disc is a white ring, into which the gander’s head and tail extend. At its top is TOWN OF, at the bottom GANDER; at the left and right, aligned horizontally, are 19 and 58, all in black serif letters. The white ring is in turn encircled by concentric rings of blue, white, and blue, of decreasing width. Near the top of each blue bar of the flag is an abstract winged shape of four points in golden yellow, “flying” toward the left.
Scott D. Mainwaring, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Symbolism

The gander, a male goose, alludes to the town’s namesake. The winged shapes in the blue bars are stylized aircraft, symbolizing the town’s close association with Gander International Airport (IATA code YQX), opened in 1938 as Newfoundland Airport and an important base of operations during World War II. According to the city: The flag’s predominant colours, blue and white, represent the water, sky, and clouds. The gold represents sunlight and, as in the provincial flag, confidence in ourselves. The town was incorporated in 1958. The Canadian pale design refers to the Canadian national flag; the blue bars also signify Gander Lake and the Atlantic Ocean.
Scott D. Mainwaring, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Selection

Unknown.
Scott D. Mainwaring
, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

Designer

Unknown.
Scott D. Mainwaring
, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011

More about the Flag

From the download page at the City of Gander website:

The Town of Gander flag was designed in 1984 and reflects the proportions of the Canadian flag (2x1), with blue vertical bars framing a white square containing the Town of Gander crest and date of incorporation.

The flag represents the Town of Gander at official municipal events and locations and its use is encouraged throughout the municipality.

Valentin Poposki, 16 September 2008


Former Flag

An earlier version of the flag apparently used a different version of the town seal: monochrome (of an unspecified colour), and without the year of incorporation. The symbolism was also described in somewhat different terms: The two blue edging stripes signify the clarity of Gander Lake [on which Gander is situated] and of the sky. The two yellow figures represent aircraft in flight coloured by the rays of sunlight.
Scott D. Mainwaring
, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011


50th Anniversary Flag

[Gander 50th anniversary flag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 October 2009

From the download page at the City of Gander website:

The 50th Anniversary flag was created for official use during 2008. It is modeled after the standard Town flag, with the anniversary logo replacing the Town crest in the centre section.

Valentin Poposki, 16 September 2008


Town Symbols

Coat of Arms

[Gander arms] image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 October 2009


Shield

[Gander crest] image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 October 2009


Seal

[Gander seal] image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 October 2009