Every year, millions of tourists from home and abroad visit areas across Canada to see our nation's natural wonders and man-made attractions. Canada Post is proud to showcase 10 such attractions in a set of 10 self-adhesive stamps available in two booklets of five. The five U.S. rate ($0.65) stamps feature Wilberforce Falls, Inside Passage, RCMP Depot Division, Casa Loma, and Gatineau Park, while the five international rate ($1.25) stamps feature Dragon Boat Racing, Polar Bear Watching, Niagara Falls, Magdalen Islands, and Province House in Charlottetown. Issued on June 12, 2003, this stamp set invites the curious to learn a little more about Canada's history, heritage, geology and culture.
Dragon Boat Racing ($1.25)
Held in cities across Canada, dragon boat racing festivals are becoming very popular. Each dragon boat has 20 paddlers, with a drummer at the head of the boat keeping beat and a 'steersperson' (coxswain) at the back. Several teams race at once on a 640 metre (2,100-foot) course. Pictured on this stamp is the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver, the oldest and largest dragon boat event in Canada.
About the Stamp's Design
This stamp was designed by Catharine Bradbury (design principal) and Karin Uusikorpi (associate designer) of Bradbury Branding and Design Inc. in Regina. The idea behind the design, says Catharine, "was to emphasize the incredible beauty and diversity of Canadian tourist attractions to the American and international audiences." Catharine and Karin found that "because of the huge scope of these audiences, the challenge was to ensure the stamp had a specific Canadian sensibility while maintaining a universal appeal." Both designers are pleased with the result and feel that the stamp "captures all that is unique about Canada and effectively promote the wonder of our country to the world."