18 Dec 2012: A New Series of Souvenir Magnets from Canada!
Traveling and Magnet Collecting: Two Fun and Complementary Activities!
Collecting souvenir magnets is the ideal hobby for the world traveler. One can always expect to find souvenir magnets at an attraction, and they range from small acrylic magnets to larger vinyl ones that depict beautiful and memorable scenes. Magnets are a great thing to pick up when traveling because they are small and easily packed away to bring home with you, which makes them perfect for someone who wants to travel light. Don’t forget—magnets are also a great souvenir because they’re so useful. You can use them to affix all manner of things, from reminder notes to important documents to photos, to your fridge or other metallic objects around your home! You’ll recall all the amazing events of your travels every time you see these magnets holding up your grocery and to-do lists.
Souvenir Magnets from Canada
Canada is a year-round destination that provides huge variety, from some of the world’s most pristine and spectacular natural landmarks to vibrant, cosmopolitan cities. Spanning the width of an entire continent, one can visit the dizzying heights of the Rocky Mountains, the trackless wilderness of the northern boreal forests and tundra, the wide horizons of the Prairies, and the rugged seascapes of the Atlantic coast—all in one country! Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Halifax are some of Canada’s most famous cities. Each has its own story to tell, one that is deeply connected to the province in which the city is located. Visit British Columbia’s stunning ski resorts or the enormous trees of its coastal rainforests. Buy local handicrafts and artisanal foods. Sample the world-renowned ice wines of Ontario’s Niagara region on your way to spending some time at the nearby sublime Niagara Falls. Take in the fascinating history of Quebec, the largest of Canada’s French-speaking provinces and the location of some of its oldest cities and settlements, and collect souvenirs when visiting Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Canada is a place you will never forget—but you can help keep your memories alive with beautiful keepsakes including our new series of souvenir magnets depicting the coats of arms of each of Canada’s provinces and territories!
Magnets as Gifts for Family and Friends
As you make your way around Canada and acquire magnets to add to your collection, you might want to keep the family members and friends at home in mind and buy magnets for them, too! Everyone loves to have interesting and unique magnets, and they are the perfect little present to give to someone to let you know you’ve been thinking about them while away from home. Who knows—maybe the magnet you give as a present will inspire the lucky recipient to make their own voyages to exciting places around the world! Plus, because they aren’t large and bulky, you can get magnets to add to your own collection and to give as gifts to loved ones without worrying about weighing yourself down or running out of room in your suitcase.
Alberta Coat of Arms
Alberta’s coat of arms reflects the importance of agriculture, geography, and cultural heritage to the history of the province. It takes the form of a shield divided into three sections. The top one is a red on white cross, which is the cross of St George, the patron saint of Great Britain. This symbolizes the British heritage of Alberta. Below that, in the middle of the crest, you can see geographical features like the Rocky Mountains, their rolling foothills, and the northern lake-dotted tundra and boreal forest. Finally, the bottom depicts golden sheaves of wheat, symbolizing both the great Prairie that covers so much of the province east of the mountains and the agriculture which continues to dominate Alberta’s economy.
British Columbia’s Coat of Arms Magnet
As one might expect, the British heritage of British Columbia is reflected in its coat of arms. It prominently features the Union Jack, Britain’s national flag, but it also depicts a setting sun, denoting British Columbia’s location along the Pacific Ocean, itself represented by the blue and white stripes on the coat of arms. This province has some of Canada’s most spectacular natural locations: it is highly mountainous, with the majority of the province covered by either the Insular Mountains or the Rocky Mountains. Along the coast, these peaks trap moisture contained in the air coming off the ocean, which then falls as rain and produces some of the largest temperate rainforests in the world. Further inland less rain falls one can find large lakes like Okanagan, which is famed for the wine produced along its shores. Vancouver, located on the coast in the Fraser River Valley, is British Columbia’s largest city and the third largest in Canada, while Victoria, located on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island, is the provincial capital.
Manitoba’s Coat of Arms Magnet
Manitoba has a very impressive coat of arms. It has two parts: the top is a cross of St George, the patron saint of Great Britain, which signifies Manitoba’s heritage as a British colony. Below that is a drawing of a powerful buffalo, the largest land-mammal of North America and the provincial animal. Vast herds of these majestic creatures once roamed Manitoba, though widespread hunting nearly lead to their total extinction in the 19th century.
New Brunswick’s Coat of Arms Magnet
The galley at the center of New Brunswick’s coat of arms is intended to signify the province’s close links to the sea. As one of Canada’s Maritime provinces, New Brunswick has long depended on the Atlantic Ocean for its livelihood. On the top of the coat of arms you’ll see a stylized lion, which symbolizes both Great Britain and the Duchy of Brunswick-Luneberg in Germany, each of whom features the same lion in their respective coats of arms.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Coat of Arms Magnet
The close historical and cultural links between Newfoundland and Great Britain are evoked by the province’s impressive coat of arms. It features a red shield with the a white cross subdividing it into quadrants. In the upper-left and bottom-right sections are the Royal Lions from Great Britain’s coat of arms, while in the upper-right and bottom-left corners you can see the Unicorns of Scotland’s coat of arms. Many of Newfoundland’s citizens are descended from either British or Scottish settlers. The two red triangles on the flag’s right side also symbolize the two landmasses which make up the province: the island of Newfoundland and the mainland Labrador. The gold arrow pays tribute to those Newfoundlanders who performed military service, many of whom lost their lives in both World Wars. Taken as a whole, the red triangles and the gold arrow form a trident, a nautical symbol that honors the Newfoundland’s close ties to a maritime lifestyle.
The Northwest Territories’ Coat of Arms Magnet
The geography of the Northwest Territories is symbolized in interesting ways in its coat of arms! Composed of a shield topped by a crest, the shield’s white upper third is divided in two by a wavy blue line. The white represents the snow and ice of the Arctic, while the blue represents the Northwest Passage that wends its way through the ice of the ocean and provides a shipping connection between the Atlantic and Pacific. Below, the shield is divided diagonally into a red section representing the tundra and a green section covered in yellow rectangles, symbolizing respectively the boreal forest and the vast gold deposits found throughout the Territories. The white fox mask in the red section signifies the economic importance of the fur industry. Above the shield, the crest shows two golden narwhals guarding a compass rose, which symbolizes the magnetic North Pole.
Nova Scotia’s Coat of Arms Magnet
“Nova Scotia” means “New Scotland” in Latin, and unsurprisingly the province’s coat of arms is saturated with symbols of Scotland. It consists of a blue saltire, or St Andrew’s cross, on a white field, which is simply a reversal of the Scottish flag, which is a white saltire on a blue field. At its center is a gold shield bordered by red fleur-de-lis and centered by a red lion, which is the Royal arms of Scotland. Nova Scotians are largely descended from settlers from Scotland; indeed, some people there still speak Scottish Gaelic!
Nunavut’s Coat of Arms Magnet
This is a particularly interesting magnet. It depicts Nunavut’s coat of arms, whose unique features reflect the territory’s special natural and cultural heritage. On the left side of the coat of arms is a caribou, enormous herds of which migrate over the tundra of the territory’s mainland. On the right side is a narwhal, a remarkable whale species that has a single, long tusk growing from its head. People once thought these tusks came from unicorns! Along the bottom there is a scroll with Nunavut’s motto written in Inuktitut syllabary, the written form of the language of the Inuit, one of the major aboriginal groups of the territory. In the center is the shield in blue and gold, which symbolize the richness of the land. On its top are representations of the midnight sun and the North Star, while below are a qulliq, a stone lamp signifying home and community, and an inukshuk, a stone monument used by the Inuit as a guidepost and a territorial symbol. Above the shield is the crest. It features an igloo, the traditional home of the Inuit made out of ice, topped by a crown which represents royal sovereignty. It truly is a coat of arms that reflects the natural beauty and unique cultural heritage of Canada’s newest territory.
Ontario’s Coat of Arms Magnet
This magnet depicts Ontario’s stately coat of arms, which features the flag of St George, patron saint of England, above three golden maple leaves, all on a green background. The flag of St George symbolizes Ontario’s origins as a British colony. Many people in Ontario are descended from the hardy pioneers from England who first made their homes in the province’s dense forests. These forests, and the importance of nature in general in Ontario, are symbolized in the coat of arms by the green background and the maple leaves; these also connote Canada as a whole, since the Canadian flag features a single scarlet maple leaf. Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and is home to Toronto, the provincial capital, the largest city in Canada and the fourth largest in North America. It is also the location of Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Its southern boundary with the United States is largely made up of the shores of the Great Lakes, while far to the north it is bounded by the icy waters of Hudson Bay.
Prince Edward Island’s Coat of Arms Magnet
This coat of arms is a very distinctive one that symbolically highlights the close associations between the province and Great Britain. On its top is the golden English heraldic lion, which was featured on the coat of arms of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, for whom Prince Edward Island was named. Below that is an island, representing PEI, upon which stand two sets of oak trees. The three smaller ones grouped together on the left signify the three counties that make up Prince Edward Island, while the large tree on the right symbolizes the protection of Great Britain. The acorns on this tree suggest the colonial ties between PEI and England.
Quebec’s Coat of Arms Magnet
The complex French and British heritage of Quebec is foregrounded in its coat of arms. It features a shield divided into three areas. The top one is a blue band adorned with three gold fleur-de-lis, which symbolizes royal France. The middle red band has a lion that represents royal England. Finally, the golden band on the bottom has three maple leaves which signify Canada. On top of the shield is the Tudor crown of England, while below it is a silver scroll inscribed with the provincial motto, “Je me souviens,” which means, “I remember” in French.
Saskatchewan’s Coat of Arms Magnet
The importance of agriculture to this province is suggested by its coat of arms, which features three golden wheat sheaves on a green field. Above these is a red lion on a golden field, which pays tribute to Saskatchewan’s British heritage (the red lion is a traditional symbol of English royalty).
Yukon’s Coat of Arms Magnet
This northern territory’s coat of arms uses interesting symbolism to represent the importance of its natural resources. Its crest takes the form of an Alaskan malamute standing on a pile of snow. Malamutes are often used as sled dogs to help travel over the deep snow that covers the territory in the winter. Below, the shield is divided into two parts. The top section features the cross of St George, patron saint of England, surmounted by a disk in a pattern known as “vair”, a kind of heraldic fur, symbolizing the importance of fur-trapping to the territory. The bottom section has two upward-pointing red triangles, each adorned with two gold disks. These symbolize the mountains of Yukon and the vast mineral wealth contained within them, as well as the Klondike Gold Rush which helped to found the territory. The wave white lines in the center signify the many rivers of the territory.