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Hudson’s Hope is a small town in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada, in the Peace River Regional District. It covers an area of 927 square kilometers (357.9 sq mi) with a population of 1,157 people.
Having been first settled in 1805, it is the third oldest community in the province, although it was not incorporated until 1965. Its main economic support is the nearby W. A. C. Bennett Dam and Peace Canyon Dam, as well as timber logging.
There is debate about the origin of Hudson’s Hope’s name. One theory derives the word ‘Hudson’s’ from the Hudson’s Bay Company and ‘Hope’ from the Scottish word ‘hope’ meaning a small enclosed valley.
Another theory has the name derived from a prospector named Hudson who came to the area searching gold. The crest uses elements that symbolize the town’s history, geography and economy. For example, the water represents the Peace River, the tower represents hydro-power, the trees represent forestry, the fields represent farming, and the sunshine represent the extended period of daylight in the summer. The log cabin is included in remembrance of the pioneers who settled in the area. The two mountains are depictions of the nearby Beattie peaks. The shield in the crest is shaped like the footprint of the Hadrosaur, which were once common in the area.
The crest and flag were designed by a town councillor, Sam Kosolowsky, in the early1990s. The original slogan on the crest and flag was ‘Playground of the Peace’ but has since changed to ‘Land of Dinosaurs and Dams’.
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