People who have driven across our vast country appreciate the diversity of the landscape and the multiplicity of settings. The second instalment in the three-year Scenic Highways series captures four different Canadian panoramic scenes from four of our picturesque provinces and territories: Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Alberta and Yukon.
The 1998 Scenic Highways stamp series offers a dynamic blend of photography and illustration. "Acquiring the panoramic images was the most challenging part of the project", said the stamp designer Lou Cable. "After sending photographers across vast distances at the mercy of Mother Nature, we certainly appreciate the massive size, geological contrast and climatic range of our country. This is never more evident than in this year's stamps." The series will be issued July 28 in Ottawa, Ontario.
The River Valley Scenic Drive runs along two rivers, the Madawaska and the breathtaking St. John, encountering many different types of scenery. From Quebec border to Edmundston, the road follows the west bank of Madawaska through a heavily wooded area. Past Edmundston, the Trans Canada Highway continues along the east bank of the St. John to high ground which overlooks a broad valley. In the heyday of New France, the route was the first line of communication between Quebec and the Bay of Fundy. Acadian settlements developed along the river's lower reaches, while loyalist settlements sprung up from Saint John northward to Grand Falls.