Kawartha Lakes’ flag among the final four in contest
Municipal World Magazine is running the first Canada’s Best Municipal Flag Contest and Kawartha Lakes’ flag has made it to the top four flags out of 64 contenders, and the only flag in Ontario in the finals.
The winner will receive the glory of being recognized for having the best civic symbol in Canada. The winning municipality will also have their flag on the cover of Municipal World’s November issue.
The deadline is July 4.
About our flag
In 2007, a community contest was held to create a new municipal flag for Kawartha Lakes. The winning design was submitted by Daryle Anne Wright of Oakwood. The blue stripe represents the many lakes and rivers in the area. The green stripe represents the agricultural areas, as well as parks and trails. The sun celebrates Kawartha Lakes as a destination, and the evergreen trees represent the sustainable growth of the municipality.
How should I choose?
According to vexillologists — people who study flags — and the North American Vexillological Association the five principles are:
- Keep It Simple. The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
- Use Meaningful Symbolism. The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
- Use 2 or 3 Basic Colors. Limit the number of colors on the flag to three which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
- No Lettering or Seals. Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
- Be Distinctive or Be Related. Avoid duplicating other flags but use similarities to show connections.