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The Chilliwack Branch of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada web site.  We hope you will find your visit here interesting, informative and enjoyable and that you will come back to visit us many times. Due to computers remembering information from your visits here you may need to refresh the page each time you visit to see new or updated content. Thank You.


Our Heritage:

"Those Loyalists who have adhered to the Unity of the Empire,

and joined the Royal Standard before the Treaty of Separation in the

year 1783, and all their Children, and their Descendants by either sex,

are to be distinguished by the following capitals affixed to their names U.E. .

Alluding to their great principle The Unity of the Empire"

Gov. Guy Carleton
Nov. 9, 1789


Union Flag (the Loyalists' Flag)

Days before she died in 1603. Queen Elizabeth I, who never married, named James VI of Scotland, son of her cousin Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, as her heir. He became James I of England. On his accession, he declared his intention to be the first British Monarch to be known as King of Great Britain. Consequently, he ordered a flag to be devised to mark the union of the two thrones. This was called the Union Flag and was introduced in 1606.


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So as not to give priority to either flag, (the Banner of Saint George or the Banner of Saint Andrew) the field of the new flag was made blue and the Red Cross of Saint George, edged in White, was imposed on the White Saltier of Saint Andrew.
This was the flag under which the United Empire Loyalists' entered Prince Edward County after leaving the Thirteen Colonies following the American Revolution in 1776. Hence, the term "Loyalist Flag". 


Loyalists' Arrival in Canada

On May 18th 1783 the Spring Fleet arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick, formerly Parr Town, Nova Scotia.
This is often recognized as the first Loyalist Landing but it should be noted that there was a previous landing in Nova Scotia. The first shipload of Loyalists' left the Thirteen Colonies for Nova Scotia in the Spring of 1776. Another landing of note took place May 4th 1783 when 30 ships with 3000+ souls landed at Port Roseway (Shelburne), Nova Scotia


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Ships similar to the two depicted above would have been used to transport the Loyalists' to their new homes in Canada.

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