HFX Wanderers FC: Emblem Story

The HFX Wanderers FC emblem is as unique as our history. Featuring the Halifax Citadel as it’s foundation, the emblem is an acknowledgment to our city on the sea.

The Halifax Citadel, completed in 1856, is officially called Fort George and is among the first buildings constructed as a wooden guardhouse on top of what would eventually be called Citadel Hill. Today, the Halifax Citadel watches over the city’s downtown core; a reminder of Halifax’s past and no longer as a military fortification.

The Macdonald bridge, named after former Nova Scotia Premier Angus Lewis Macdonald is the second landmark that inspired our emblem. Opening in 1955, the bridge gave communities in Halifax and Dartmouth an efficient transportation link across the Halifax Harbour.

The harbour sparked the club’s motto Ar Cala, Ar Dachaigh, Ar n-Anam, which means “Our Harbour, Our Home, Our Soul” in Gaelic.

The Atlantic Ocean is also featured on the emblem with a ‘W’ woven in the club’s name and on the Wanderers Ground. In addition to an anchor sitting on the base of the crest to signify the regions nautical history. Located in the heart of Halifax’s historic waterfront, there’s no better place to learn about marine heritage than the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. It’s the oldest and largest naval museum in Canada where visitors are introduced to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts including 70 small craft and a steamship called the CSS Acadia.

The inspiration in our name was chosen by the famous grounds at Halifax commons. Land that was granted by King George lll “for the use of the inhabitants of the Town of Halifax forever.” Today, over half of the Halifax Commons remains as public open space for residents to play sports and enjoy activities with family and friends. It will also be home to HFX Wanderers FC, a prime location that many people in Halifax have an affinity for.

Our city’s identity is expressed by three colours:

Aqua Ocean, represented by the Atlantic Ocean, a beautiful body of water that impacts our lives and brings us together.

The Naval Grey is represented in our city’s proud Royal Canadian Navy, one of the largest employers in the Halifax area.

Harbour Blue is also part of our club’s palette, a colour that is signified by the region’s steel-toned skies and harbour.

“Our Harbour, Our Home, Our Soul”