Flowers, flags and falcons grace new Canadian stamps
Dec. 2, 2005
The 2006 flag definitives feature our Maple Leaf flying over (or near) the distinctive landmarks or historical sites of five Canadian locations - New Glasgow, P.E.I.; the bridge to Le Pays de la Sagouine in Bouctouche, N.B; Lower Fort Garry, Manitoba; the wind turbines at Pincher Creek, Alberta and a dogsled in the Yukon's St. Elias range. All the flag stamps carry the 51-cent rate.
Whatever the season, Canadians can always send flowers through the mail with beautiful stamps featuring colourful images of pink bee balm blooms (Monarda didyma) (51 cents), yellow lady's slipper flowers (Cypripedium calceolus) (89 cents) or Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis betonicifolia) ($1.49). A fourth definitive ($1.05), featuring the fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa) has been introduced for oversize domestic lettermail. Higher-valued definitive stamps ($2.00) will also be issued December 19, featuring images of the famed Sable Island Horse and regal Peregrine Falcon.
A special commemorative stamp celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday will be issued on January 12, 2006. As with the stamp issued celebrating the Queen's Jubilee in 2002, this special commemorative will be reprinted as needed.
Canada Post reminds its customers that new postage rates take effect on January 16, 2006. Basic postage for letters, cards and postcards for delivery in Canada will be 51 cents, postage for items destined for the USA will be 89 cents and the new basic international postage rate will be $1.49. Even at the new rate of 51 cents, Canadians will still enjoy one of the lowest domestic basic letter rates among industrialized nations. Canada Post's rates for a 30-gram letter to the USA and other International destinations compare favourably to the rates other countries charge to send a similar piece of mail to Canada.