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Welcome to the home of the BC/Yukon branch of the RHSC. Thank you for taking the time to visit us. Although this site is primarily for the benefit of Branch members, we welcome anyone who has an interest in heraldry. If you are new to the site, please explore our many sections. If you are a member or frequent visitor, welcome back. In either case, please do not hesitate in sending any comments you may have to us. Enjoy your visit.
This site's main purpose is to be a communications medium for our members. Here, members can see notices of upcoming, and synopses of past, events. Also, this site is a platform to promote our goals and aspirations.
Of course, heraldry is what this site is all about. And what would a heraldry site be without a roll of arms? In the roll, you can see our members' shields with links to complete achievements on the national site. Also on the main rolls page, you will find links to our Black Arms page and to an interactive Index Armorum.
We are very proud of our publication, The Blazon. Most of our issues are online and available to the general public. Exceptions are the more recent issues which are for members' eyes only.
Our Membership area contains information on how to become a member. Also, a password protected section allows current members to access restricted material such as recent issues of The Blazon and minutes of board meetings.
Of course, we cannot put everything to do with heraldry on this site. Thus, we have assembled a list of other sites that we think cover various aspects of heraldry very well. You can see that list on our Links page.
If you would like to know more about us and what we do, please let us introduce ourselves to you.
We are always interested in feedback from our viewers. If you wish to comment on the content of this site, please contact:
President, BC/Yukon Branch
Royal Heraldry Society of Canada
Conversely, if you wish to comment on the design or look of this site or report a broken link, please contact the webmaster at the bottom of the page.
News & Updates
2018 Branch AGM and Lunch
January 30th - Our Annual Branch AGM and Lunch will be at the Union Club in Victoria on March 10th. The speaker will be Dr. Andrew Andersen of the Continuing Studies department of UVic, who is also an expert on Eastern European heraldry. See the Events section for details.
Blazon Archive Released
2017 May 1st - The bulk of our Blazon archive is now available to the general public. No password is needed except for the more recent issues. See a list of our archived issues on the Blazon page.
2017 Branch AGM and Lunch
2017 March 18th - Our 2017 Annual General Meeting and Lunch was held at Government House in Victoria on March 4th. See the Past Events section for a photo summary.
2016 Branch Black Tie Dinner
2016 November 1st - Our 2016 Annual Black Tie Dinner was held at the OceanFront Suites in Cowichan Bay on October 22nd. The speaker was Jerymy Brownridge, private secretary to Her Honour Judith Guichon, talking about the recent royal tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  See the Past Events section for details.
2016 Branch AGM and Lunch
2016 April 1st - Our 2016 Annual General Meeting and Lunch was held at the Bayside Inn in Parksville on February 27th. This AGM was particularly noteworthy as the president's gavel was passed from John Neill to Steve Cowan.  See the Past Events section for details.
2015 National Conference
2015 June 25th - Our 49th National Conference was held on the weekend of May 22nd at the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel. Our keynote speaker was the Clerk of the Lord Lyon from Edinbourgh. Please see a photo summary of this very successful conference in the Past Events section.
2014 Black Tie Dinner
2014 November 1st - Our 2014 Black Tie Dinner occurred on October 18th at the Grand Hotel in Nanaimo. This was a particularly grand affair as our patron, Her Honour Judith Guichon OBC, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, was in attendance as the guest of honour and main speaker.  See the Past Events section for photos.
Minutes Now On-line
2013 February 1st - Minutes of branch board meetings are now available to members in the restricted members section. You can log in on the main Members page.
2012 December 11th - Our branch had our first Christmas lunch on November 24th at the Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay See how this festive lunch went in the Past Events section.
Lunch at Government House
2012 June 24th - The branch executive was invited to have lunch with the Lieutenant Governor on June 18th. Please see photos in the Past Events section.
2012 National Conference
2012 May 25th - The 2012 National Conference was hosted by our branch on the weekend of May 5th at The Grand Hotel in Nanaimo. A photo summary of this most successful event is in the Past Events section.
2009 May 31st - An electronic ordinary has been added. You can find the jump off link on the Roll of Arms page.
BC Blazon archive set up
2008 April 3rd - An archive has been set up that includes the table of contents of past issues. Not all issues are listed yet.