"For the 150th year since Confederation, Canada Post expanded its storytelling role by issuing 10 stamps – in the shape of a maple leaf for the first time in their history."
The Canada 150 issue celebrates 10 of our country’s most transformative moments. These special stamps recreate the events that united us, moved us forward and made us proud to be Canadian. Casting our eyes back on the past 50 years since our centennial in 1967, Canada Post selected 10 truly iconic milestones and accomplishments from a wealth of social progress, innovation and other significant achievements that have positioned us as a vibrant and successful nation on the world stage.
There is no question that we Canadians have so much to celebrate for Canada 150. We are a model of tolerance and diversity to the world - a fact reflected in some of the 10 chosen topics. We showed ourselves to be a nation poised for progress during our 100th anniversary, and over the past five decades, we have proved ourselves as builders, creators and inventors, constantly meeting the challenge to be the very best. We have succeeded and achieved greatness in science, sports, leadership and much more. That excellence, that achievement, is an integral part of this stamp issue.
We want to share this Canada 150 celebration with you - not just through these 10 magnificent maple leaf-shaped stamps - but through the stories behind them, the unveilings where we came together with Canadians across this land - and together we rose, lumps in our collective throats, so proud of what we’ve accomplished and empowered to take on the challenges of the future.
"Begun in 1950, completed in 1971, this 8,000-km road holds a special place in the hearts of people who’ve travelled it between St. John’s and Victoria."
In prosperous postwar Canada, more families owned cars, and road trips for work or pleasure became common – but the country lacked one highway connecting St. John’s, N.L., to Victoria, B.C. The Trans-Canada Highway became the nationbuilding road a growing Canada needed. This highway of adventure, dreams and stories runs through all 10 provinces – and links to roads that reach the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and the United States. The Trans-Canada connects our country physically, culturally, economically and symbolically.
It is also a feat of engineering. Spanning nearly 8,000 kilometres, it is one of the longest national road systems on earth. Construction began in 1950 and while it officially opened in 1962, the TransCanada wasn’t completed until 1971. Countless Canadians have travelled the highway looking to fulfil their dreams, including up-andcoming young artists, entrepreneurs and athletes. For years, country music star Dean Brody travelled thousands of kilometres on the Trans-Canada chasing his dream. Brody headlined a stamp unveiling May 16 in Regina, while on tour. The event was held alongside the highway at the home of Brandt Group of Companies, which relies heavily on the Trans-Canada for its business.
Today, the Trans-Canada, distinguished by its white-on-green maple-leaf markers, still makes it easier for Canadians to explore their vast country and better understand each other