The Coat of Arms was developed in 1968 through the efforts of the municipality’s first Mayor, Mr. J. B. Cumming, and Professor Alfred L.C. Atkinson, an expert in heraldry who was a resident of the municipality.
The thunderbird in the center of the shield denotes the First Nations heritage while the alternating coniferous and deciduous trees above it indicate the importance of the environment. Our interest in the ocean is represented by the wavy lines around the shield and the sail at the top. The flower on the sail is the Dogwood, which was and is prevalent throughout the area while the wings on either side of the sail indicate the airport.
The motto, expressed in the Saanich language, is loosely translated to mean "the land where it is good to be".