back to index


Canada 2014 "UNESCO World Heritage Sites"

Issue Date 31.03.2014
ID Michel: Stanley Gibbons: UPU: Category: pR
Author Lime Design
Stamps in set 5
Value P - Gros Morne National Park (NL)
P - Joggins Fossil Cliffs (NS)
P - Miguasha National Park (QC)
P - Nahanni National Park (NT)
P - Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks (AB & BC)

These stamps are Permanent, so they’re always worth the going domestic rate. Each has a value of $0.85, the current rate for standard domestic mail.
Size (width x height) Stamp measures 23.25 mm x 20.25 mm; Minisheet 130 x 71mm
Layout two booklets of 10 & 30 stamps each, mini sheet of 5 stamps
Products FDC x 1 MS x1 Booklet x2 PC x5
Print Technique Lithography in 5 colours
Printed by Canadian Bank Note
Issuing Authority Canada Post
UNESCO World Heritage Sites stamps of Canada 2014

On March 31 Canada Post launched a UNESCO World Heritage sites in Canada series. Canada has 17 UNESCO World Heritage, five of which are included in this first set, all in “Permanent” domestic rate (85¢) format.
"They’re wild, rugged, breathtakingly beautiful and a fascinating portal to the past – and not just because Canadians think so. These treasures of Canada have become UNESCO World Heritage sites and are celebrated in this multi-year stamp series, which will include both definitive and commemorative stamps.

UNESCO sites of Canada

Image from postalhistorycorner.blogspot.de

Canada’s 17 World Heritage sites are deemed so valuable for their natural riches and cultural significance that they are recognized internationally. We introduce the series with five domestic stamps. Travel the rapids and whirlpools of the South Nahanni River in Nahanni National Park, scale the monumental peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and read the history of the Earth in the magma crust of Gros Morne National Park or in the fossil beds of Joggins Fossil Cliffs and Miguasha National Park.
During the gold rush in what was to become Nahanni National Park World Heritage Site (Northwest Territories), prospectors failed to find their fortune, but discovered an incredibly varied landscape. Virginia Falls and the twists of Hell’s Gate were sculptered by the last ice age.
The pristine ridges and cliffs, bogs and tundra, ocean inlets and lakes of Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland and Labrador) might be stunning, but this site’s World Heritage status was granted due to what’s hidden underground – a perfect example of plate tectonics, proof the Earth’s continents have joined and separated repeatedly over the eons. Once-liquid magma that filled the gap between plates of Earth’s crust remains clearly visible in the cliffs of Gros Morne’s Western Brook Pond.

Imagine the palm trees! Nearly 400 million years ago, today’s Miguasha National Park

Prepaid post card shows Miguasha National ParkPrepaid post card shows Joggins Fossil Cliffs(Quebec) on the Gaspé Peninsula was once a tropical estuary. The fossil beds of the Escuminac Formation, exposed in a seaside cliff provide a rare portrait of Devonian life – including 21 species of fish fossils that have made Miguasha famous. Nearly 200 fossil species found in the Joggins Fossil Cliffs reveal the world’s most complete record of terrestrial life from the Pennsylvanian Period (the Coal Age), over 300 million years ago. Here we find fossilized reptiles and amniotes, the first vertebrates to reproduce on land, marking one of the most significant events in the evolution of life on Earth.
Every year, more than nine million people visit the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks along the Alberta-British Columbia border. These include Banff – Canada’s first park preserve – Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks as well as Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks (British Columbia). On her choice of photograph to depict this iconic landscape, designer Lara Minja admits that from a climber’s bird’s-eye view, one realizes the vastness of the surrounding mountain range “and the endless possibilities of discovery.” Minja points out that her overall approach included “contrasts and comparisons in scale, colour, shape, and texture of the environmental elements, both within individual stamps and across the stamp series.” For these reasons, we think this stamp series will invite Canadians to discover more about the wonders of their homeland and explore these sites as they’re seen through the eyes of the world." Official press release

FDC Post Cards
100th anniversary of the Royal Ontario Museum first day cover of Canada 2014 used cover with stamps of 100th anniversary of the Royal Ontario Museum of Canada 2014
Self adhesive booklets
100th anniversary of the Royal Ontario Museum post cards of Canada 2014 100th anniversary of the Royal Ontario Museum post cards of Canada 2014

References: Canada Post allnumis.com Wikipedia


back to index


PaleoPhilatelie.eu logo

Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional

Latest update 20.01.2018

Any feedback, comments or even complaints are welcome: admin@paleophilatelie.eu (you can email me on ENglish, DEutsch, or RUssian)