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Radisson and Des Groseilliers

Exploration of Canada, Investigators


Radisson and Des Groseilliers



Date of Issue

March 13, 1987




Postal Administration



Exploration of Canada, Investigators

Series Time Span


Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13


Ashton-Potter Limited.


Designed by Frederick Hagan.

About Stamp

The explorers of New France introduced Europeans to the Canadians Indians, outlined the geography of Central Canada and found the way west. In the 1640's, Radisson and Des Groseilliers arrived in New France. Both were seasoned coureurs de bois when in August 1659 they set out together for the "pays d'en haut" (hinterland). Geographic information gained from their conversations with the Lake Superior Indians led to the creation of the Hudson's Bay Company. Artist Frederick Hagan of Newmarket, Ontario, created the images for these stamps. The paintings project the power of strong colour to evoke the moods of changing seasons and landscape. Forest, lake, river and hilltops combine with elements of cartography and the heraldry of flags to suggest the activities and experiences of the early explorers of Central Canada. J.F. Britton of Oakville, Ontario, prepared the typography for the stamp designs.


Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1987.

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