Official Symbols & Emblems

Colours - Blue & Gold

Adopted in 1984, azure-blue represents the sky while the gold represents the prairies.

Flower - Wild Rose

Adopted in 1930, the Wild Rose, Rosa acicularis, grows virtually throughout Alberta, carpeting the land in vast splashes of pink.

Bird - Great Horned Owl

Adopted on May 3, 1977, following a province-wide children's vote, the Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus, resides in Alberta throughout the year and was selected to symbolize the growing concern of diminishing wildlife, not only in Alberta, but throughout the world.

Tree - Lodgepole Pine

Adopted on May 30, 1984, a result of the efforts of the Junior Forest Warden Association of Alberta, the Lodgepole Pine, Pinus contorta variety latifolia, played a significant role in Alberta's early history, providing railway ties for the railroad which linked the province to eastern Canada. Today, the Lodgepole Pine provides poles, pulp, and many lumber products for Alberta's forest industry.

Stone - Petrified Wood

Adopted in 1977, a result of the efforts of the Alberta Federation of Rock Clubs, Petrified Wood is commonly found throughout the province. Created from 60 to 90 million years ago during the Cretaceous and Paleocene periods, fallen trees became saturated with water containing microcrystalline quartz which literally turned the trees to stone as the water evaporated.

Animal - Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Adopted on August 18, 1989, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis, can be found throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Prehistoric remains indicate that Alberta was once home to some of the largest herds of Bighorns in the world.

Fish - Bull Trout

Adopted on May 2, 1995, the Bull Trout, Salvelinus confluentus, is one of eight species of trout found in the glacial waters of Alberta. Often confused with the Brook Trout, the Bull lacks the definitive black markings on the dorsal fins. A 'catch and release' policy in Alberta helps to ensure that the Bull Trout will never become endangered.