"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.
"Our stamps and stories explore the impact of those Olympiads and celebrate athletic ability and the human spirit."
Canada’s Olympic history is full of stories. There are those of Greg Joy winning silver in high jumping in Montréal and Elizabeth Manley capturing silver in figure skating in Calgary. And then there’s Alexandre Bilodeau’s gold medal performance in men’s moguls freestyle skiing in Vancouver – the first Olympic gold for Canada on home soil. Our athletes went on to win 14 gold medals in Vancouver – the most gold medals ever won by any country at a single Olympic Winter Games.
Canadians have always celebrated the achievements of their Olympic athletes, but it means so much more when Canada gets to play host to the world. There have been three Olympic Games in Canada – the Montréal 1976 Summer Olympics, the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Thousands of ordinary Canadians carried the Olympic torch during the relays. The Olympic Games have boosted our sense of national pride; they have inspired our nation, left an indelible mark on our country and showcased Canada to the world. They have produced iconic Canadian moments and inspired generations of Olympians. To this day, one can see the lasting legacy of facilities that have benefited the host cities of Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver – as well as the athletes who continue to use them for training. Canada and the Olympics – it has been an amazing story.