Cape St. Mary's Reserve, Newfoundland
Date of Issue
June 30, 1993
Canada Day, Provincial and Territorial Parks
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Designed by Malcolm Waddell Based on an illustration by Jan Waddell
The diverse, cross-country beauty of the nation is depicted on 12 provincial and territorial parks stamps to be issued for Canada Day 1993. A spectacular seabird breeding site located on the southwestern tip of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, the reserve was designated a sanctuary in 1964 and assumed its present reserve status in 1983. The 14-square kilometre area is unique in its accessibility. It is the only major seabird colony located on Newfoundland's mainland, with the other breeding areas on off-shore islands. Ten seabird species breed here and countless others seek refuge during the winter months. A large and varied number of species pass through during their annual migrations, and it is not unusual to see European species that have been flown far off their course. About 5,000 visitors come to St. Mary's Ecological Reserve each summer and find they can drive their cars to within one kilometre of the main nesting area and walk to a viewpoint only 10-12 metres from the colony to experience and enjoy a "controlled opportunity". Whales can frequently be seen from the 100 to 125-metre high cliffs. The stamp designs convey the feeling that the artist visited these spectacular locations and was awed by their beauty.
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 10, 1993, p. 18, 21, 30.
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