From Far And Wide (Canada 2018)

from Canada Post’s Details magazine; these stamps will be issued January 15th:

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand
      on guard for thee.

Excerpt from Canada’s national anthem (music by Calixa Lavallé, English lyrics by Robert Stanley Weir, based on the French lyrics by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier)

There are so many beautiful places to see across Canada, it’s a constant temptation to pack your bags, hit the road and explore this fabulous country from one end to the other. If that’s not practical, our new definitive stamp series — From Far and Wide — promises to satisfy even the most restless of armchair travelers and inspire all of us to see more of this land first-hand.

Definitive stamps are typically smaller than commemoratives, so they can pose a special challenge for designers: after all, it’s not easy to depict a magnificent landscape on a canvas that is only 24 mm by 20 mm in size. But for Montréal designer Stéphane Huot, the solution was simple: “Since the stamps in this series are so tiny, our objective was to keep the design as simple as possible — so as not to detract from the visual impact of these incredible photographs.”

The nine-stamp issue includes five Permanent domestic stamps, along with one design for each U.S., oversized and international denominations. The ninth stamp in the set is our single-purchase $1 domestic rate. The first in a multi-year series, these stunning stamps will take you on a journey to some of the most breathtaking locations in Canada:

St. John’s (N.L.), Permanent
The brightly painted jelly bean houses of St. John’s are a popular tourist attraction. Many of the homes, which stand on the hill overlooking the harbour, were built following the Great Fire of 1892. The charming rainbow colours are the result of a city revitalization initiative that began in the 1970s.

 

Hopewell Rocks (N.B.), Permanent
It has taken millions of years for the wind and tides to carve the massive flowerpot structures that make up the Bay of Fundy’s Hopewell Rocks.

MacMillan Provincial Park (B.C.), Permanent
An old-growth forest of Douglas fir has been preserved in British Columbia’s MacMillan Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. At Cathedral Grove ( featured on the stamp), visitors can walk on trails beneath the towering trees, some of which are more than 800 years old.

Prince Edward Island National Park (P.E.I.), Permanent
Encompassing more than 65 kilometres of the island’s north shore, Prince Edward Island National Park offers a bounty of beaches, red sandstone cliffs wind-sculpted sand dunes and sites such as the heritage lighthouse at Covehead Harbour and one of the country’s most popular heritage places, the 19th-century farmhouse made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery in her 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables.

Parc national de l’île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé (Que.), Permanent
The abundance of natural, historic and cultural heritage found at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in the Parc national de l’île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher- Percé has delighted visitors from across the country and around the world.

 

Pisew Falls Provincial Park (Man.), single-stamp domestic rate
Manitoba’s Pisew Falls Provincial Park is situated in a remote wilderness area roughly 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg. With a 13-metre vertical drop, the falls that lend their name to the park are the second highest in Manitoba. Pisew comes from the Cree word for lynx since the hissing waters bring to mind the sound of this northern wild cat.

Point Pelee National Park (Ont.), U.S. rate
Celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2018, Point Pelee National Park is found at the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland (50 kilometres southeast of Windsor, Ontario). Point Pelee provides habitat for many species of bird, turtle and dragonfly. The park is an important migration point for monarch butterflies heading south.

 

Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve (N.W.T.), oversized rate
Located in the traditional lands of the Sh•htaot’ine (Mountain Dene) in the south-west of the N.W.T., close to the Yukon border, Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve is one of Canada’s newest national parks. It is named after the Nááts’įhch’oh mountain, historically a powerful place for the people of the Sahtu.

Arctic Bay (Nunavut), international rate
A traditional community located in the northwest corner of Baffin Island, Arctic Bay has been inhabited by nomadic Arctic peoples for 5,000 years and currently boasts a population of more than 850. Its Inuktitut name, Ikpiarjuk (ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᒃ), means “the pocket,” which describes the way the community is surrounded by hills on three sides.

[press release]
From Far and Wide: New nine-stamp issue showcases Canada’s visual splendor
Picturesque stamps capture the beauty of some of our country’s most scenic and unique locations

OTTAWA – Canada Post has issued the first nine stamps in a multi-year series that captures stunning landscapes across the country through a traveller’s view of must-see destinations.

With a title inspired by a line in our national anthem, these beautiful stamps are now available to whisk Canadians away on a vivid visual journey to some of the most incredible places this country has to offer. Known by collectors as “definitives,” these are the smaller, workhorse stamps used most often for everyday mailings – and therefore the postage most Canadians see on much of their mail.

Nine stamps form a breathtaking cross-country journey
The nine-stamp issue includes five Permanent™ stamps plus one each in the US-rate, Oversized-rate and International-rate denominations, and the single-purchase $1 domestic rate. The locations featured on the 2018 edition of the new series are:

  • The “jellybean houses” of St. John’s (N.L.)
  • Hopewell Rocks (N.B.)
  • Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park (B.C.)
  • Covehead Harbour in Prince Edward Island National Park (P.E.I.)
  • Percé Rock in Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé (Que.)
  • Pisew Falls Provincial Park (Man.)
  • Point Pelee National Park (Ont.)
  • Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve (Nt.)
  • Arctic Bay (Nvt.)

The Permanent™ domestic booklets are available in 10- and 30-stamp booklets (two or six of each image respectively), while the US-rate, Oversized-rate and International-rate denominations are available in booklets of six. The issue also includes a souvenir sheet and a variety of stamp formats for collectors, as well as an Official First Day Cover, cancelled in Leamington, ON, to mark the 100th anniversary of nearby Point Pelee National Park, featured on the $1.20 US-rate stamp. The issue was designed by Stéphane Huot of Montréal and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group.

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