Canada’s “From Far and Wide” Series

18 Jan 2019  Fri

On 14th January, Canada Post released a new postage stamp featuring a huge Iceberg which was found near the shores of a small town named Ferryland in Newfoundland in April 2017. The stamp is a part of Canada’s “From Far and Wide” series. The photograph featured on the stamp was taken by Michael Winsor from St. John's, N.L. The beautiful photo was taken in the evening and shows two homes and a small fishing boat in the foreground. The photo was published by Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism and Canada Post approached Michael to take his permission. Winsor is into photo tourism business and sells calendars internationally as well. He was extremely excited to know that one of his photos is going to be featured on postage stamps.

The first set of stamps from the “From Far and Wide” series was released on 15th January 2018. The latest release is the second set from the series. Five non-denominated stamps feature the letter “P” for “permanent” inside a red maple leaf instead of the denomination. These stamps can always pay for the domestic first-class rate. They are se-tenant in booklets of 10, coils of 100 and in a souvenir sheet with all nine designs.

The first stamp features four hikers in Tombstone Territorial Park in the Yukon. The second one features Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park in Alberta. Quttinirpaaq national park in Nunavut is featured on the next stamp. The other stamps depict Nova Scotia’s Mahone Bay and Little Limestone Lake in Manitoba. Castle Butte rock formation is featured on the $1.05 stamp; Smoke Lake is featured on $1.27 stamp, limestone pillars of Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve in Quebec is featured on the $1.90 stamp; icebergs at Iceberg Alley, Ferryland, Newfoundland and Labrador are featured on the $2.65 stamp. The four stamps with denominations are also available in separate booklets of six and coils of 50.

Designed by Stephane Huot, the stamps were printed by Lowe-Martin using lithography. The names of photographers are listed on the souvenir sheet, and the selvage features the Algonquin Provincial Park photo. 80,000 souvenir sheets were printed. The nine stamp designs are also featured on non-denominated picture postal cards paying international rate.

Image Courtesy: Canada Post

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