Emblems of Alberta

   Provincial Shield | Alberta Flag | Franco-Albertan Flag | Wild Rose | Rough Fescue | Tartan | Great Horned Owl | Petrified Wood
   Lodgepole Pine | Alberta Colours | Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep | Bull Trout | "Alberta" song

  The emblems of Alberta reflect the province’s history, its natural and diverse landscapes, and its people.

  You may download and use these images of the emblems of Alberta as long as you:

  • do not edit or modify the emblems or any part of them,
  • do not use the emblems to imply support, accreditation or approval from the Government of Alberta.


Armorial Bearings of Alberta (Coat of Arms)

The Alberta Coat of Arms represents provincial sovereignty and the authority of the Lieutenant Governor, Premier, Ministers, the Legislative Assembly, members of the Legislative Assembly and their offices. The Coat
of Arms is also used by the Court of Appeal, the Court of Queen's Bench, the Provincial Court and Provincial Judges.

The original Coat of Arms was assigned by Royal Warrant in 1907. In 1980, it was augmented with a crest, supporters and a motto to create what is now known as the Alberta Coat of Arms. A minor revision was introduced in 2008 to replace the gentlemen's helmet with the royal helmet.

The crest has a royal crown on top of a beaver sitting on a helmet with a silver and red wreath. The supporters are a gold lion and a pronghorn antelope. The compartment, or the base of the Coat of Arms, is a grassy
mount with wild roses. The provincial motto, Fortis et Liber, "strong and free", is under the base. The current
Coat of Arms was adopted on July 30, 1980, by Royal Warrant.

All requests to use the Coat of Arms must be authorized by the Minister of Culture and Tourism.


Provincial Shield

The shield of the Coat of Arms was adopted as a separate official emblem known as the provincial shield in September 2013. Topped by a red St. George's Cross on a white background, the Provincial Shield features azure (blue) in back of a range of snow-capped mountains with green hills, prairie and a wheat field in front.
The provincial shield remains as an element of two other emblems: the Coat of Arms and the flag of Alberta.

Beginning September 9, 2013, images of the provincial shield became available for Albertans to download. Members of the public will be able to use the provincial shield without restriction or permission, as long as the image is not altered.

Download the files for the Provincial shield. The shield is available in both a full-colour format and black and white format.


Flag of Alberta

Adopted on June 1, 1968, the flag shows the provincial shield of Alberta on a blue background. The flag is proportioned twice as long as it is high, with the provincial shield positioned in the center at 7/11 of the height
of the flag.

Download the files for the Alberta flag. The flag is available in both a full-colour format and black and white format.


Franco-Alberta Flag

The Franco-Albertan flag, created in 1982, is Pantone blue 648 UP, white and Pantone rose 1935 UP, with the fleur-de-lis symbolizing the Francophonie, the stylized wild rose and the blue representing Alberta, and the two oblique blue and white bands that traverse the flag representing the waterways and routes used by the explorers and early settlers.

Le drapeau franco-albertain

Créé en 1982, le drapeau franco-albertain est bleu Pantone 648 UP, blanc et rose Pantone 1935 UP; il est orné d'une fleur de lis qui rappelle la francophonie, d'une églantine stylisée et du bleu qui représente l'Alberta, et de deux bandes obliques bleue et blanche qui traversent le drapeau et représentent les routes et les cours d'eau qu'ont empruntés les explorateurs et les colons.

Download the files for the Franco-Albertan flag.


Floral Emblem: Wild Rose, Rosa Acicularis

The wild rose was designated the floral emblem of Alberta in 1930. It grows almost everywhere in the province, brightening the countryside with flashes of pink.



Grass Emblem: Rough Fescue, Festuca Scabrella

Alberta has the largest area of rough fescue grassland in the world and is the only place in North America that hosts the plains, foothills and northern kinds of rough fescue. Rough fescue provides excellent year-round forage for wildlife and livestock, and is a symbol of Alberta’s prairie heritage and the need for the conservation
of our rich biodiversity of native grasslands. It was designated the official grass of Alberta in 2003 due to the
efforts of the Prairie Conservation Forum.


Alberta Tartan and Alberta Dress Tartan

Alberta Tartan
The colours of the Alberta tartan represent the green of our forests, the gold of our wheat fields, the blue of our clear skies and sparkling lakes, the pink of our wild rose, and the black of our coal and petroleum. The tartan was designed by the Edmonton Rehabilitation Society for the Handicapped, now Goodwill Industries of Alberta, and was adopted as the official tartan of Alberta in 1961.

Download the files for the Alberta Tartan.
   Alberta Dress Tartan
Adopted in 2000, the Alberta dress tartan complements the Alberta tartan and can be worn for dancing, special occasions and formal attire. It includes the same colours as the Alberta tartan and adds large sections of white, a symbol of Alberta’s bright snowy days.

Download the files for the Alberta Dress Tartan.


Bird of Alberta: Great Horned Owl, Bubo Virginianus

On May 3, 1977, the great horned owl was adopted as Alberta’s official bird after a province-wide children’s vote. The bird is a year-round resident of the province.


Stone of Alberta: Petrified Wood

Commonly found in gravel pits throughout Alberta, petrified wood is the result of the deposit of microcrystalline quartz in the pores and cells of the fallen trees of the Cretaceous and Paleocene times, some 60 to 90 million years ago. Petrified wood was recognized as Alberta’s official stone in 1977 due to the efforts of the Alberta Federation of Rock Clubs.

Tree of Alberta: Lodgepole Pine, Pinus Contorta Variety Latifolia

In the early 1900s, lodgepole pine was primarily used to make railway ties. Today it plays a major role in Alberta’s forest industry and is manufactured into poles, posts, pulp, plywood, mine timbers and other lumber products. It was adopted as the official tree of Alberta on May 30, 1984, due to the efforts of the Junior Forest Warden Association of Alberta.



Alberta Colours

Alberta blue and Alberta gold are the official colours of Alberta and were adopted in 1984. The blue represents the sky and the gold/deep yellow represents the prairies.

Colour values

Alberta Blue
Alberta Gold
 Pantone Coated  PMS 286C  PMS 136C
 Pantone Uncoated  PMS 286U  PMS 136U
 CMYK  100C / 66M / 0Y / 2K  0C / 27M / 76Y / 0K
 RGB  13R / 54G / 146B  254R / 186G / 83B
 Hexadecimal  #0D3692  #FEBA35

Mammal of Alberta: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Ovis Canadensis

On August 18, 1989, the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep was designated the official mammal of Alberta. The bighorn is a native Alberta animal. Prehistoric remains have been found in most of the river valleys across Alberta, showing that at one time some of the largest herds of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep roamed the province. Today the bighorn is primarily found in the Rocky Mountain region.


Fish of Alberta: Bull Trout, Salvelinus Confluentus

Adopted as the official fish of Alberta on May 2, 1995, the bull trout is one of eight species of trout found in the province’s glacial waters. In order to ensure Alberta’s population of bull trout never becomes endangered, there is a catch and release policy governing all bull trout fishing in the province.


Alberta song

In addition to the designated official emblems, Alberta also has a provincial song titled Alberta which was adopted in September 2004. It pays musical tribute to the province's geography, industry, history and cultural diversity. Alberta was composed by Mary Kieftenbeld as part of a contest to find an original, official song for the province's centennial celebrations in 2005.

Sheet Music

PDF files include the following style versions:

  • Choir and Concert Band with Rhythm Combo
  • Jazz Ensemble [level 2 - 3]
  • Concert Piano Solo
  • Concert Band [level 1 - 2]
  • Concert Band [level 3 - 4]
  • Marching Band [level 1 - 2]
  • Instrumental Solo with Piano/Guitar Accompaniment
  • Vocal Ensemble Advanced
  • Vocal Soprano/Alto/optional Baritone
  • Vocal Ensemble Professional
  • Vocal Solo with Piano/Guitar Accompaniment
  • All users are granted permission by the Government of Alberta to copy the material as needed for use with
    their own students and/or ensembles. These arrangements are not for commercial use or resale.