On June 22, 2011, Canada Post began issuing a new stamp commemorating the Royal Wedding day of Kate and William. On April 29th, over 2 billion people worldwide watched the royal nuptials unfold from beginning to end.
On May 20th, 2011, Canada Post began issuing a new stamp in its ‘Signs of the Zodiac’ series. This month represents Gemini, or the Twins. The constellation of Gemini can be viewed best in the night sky during the months of January and February, but in May you can also see it after sunset. The two brightest stars of the constellation are named Castor and Pollux (or Polydeuces).
On May 19th, 2011, Canada Post began issuing a new stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada, the first national parks service. Canada is a country covered with beautiful landscapes from one end to the other; it only makes sense that an organization be set up to protect these natural treasures and resources.
On May 13th, 2011 Canada Post began issuing a new se-tenant series of stamps featuring unusual methods of mail delivery in Canada throughout the decades.
Last year’s announcement of HRH Prince William’s engagement to Miss Catherine (Kate) Middleton, motivated Canada Post to add another series of stamps to their 2011 lineup. On April 29, 2011, Canada Post will begin issuing stamp commemoratives of the Royal Wedding which will occur on the very same day.
On April 21, 2011, Canada Post began issuing the second stamp in the «Signs of the Zodiac» series. This month’s stamp depicts Taurus and once again features the astrological sign along with the constellation outline in the background. Adding joining lines to the visible stars of the Taurus constellation explains how it got its name-two upright, front horns are plainly visible.
On April 21, 2011, Canada Post began issuing a new series of stamps commemorating the UN’s International Year of Forests. The UN’s mandate is to “raise awareness and strengthen the sustainable forest management…for current and future generations”.
This new series of two se-tenant stamps features close-up views of the forest floor and the soaring heights of a new tree. Appropriate images, since a forest is not just about the trees, but the entire ecosystem, including flora and fauna.
On March 21, 2011, Canada Post began issuing the first stamp in a new 12-stamp series which will continue throughout the year. This new series, the Signs of the Zodiac, kicks off in March with the sign of Aries. Ancient Greek astronomers mapped out the constellation of Aries as a ram lying down with his head to the right.
On March 3, 2011, Canada Post will begin issuing a new series of stamps featuring flowers. This is not the first time that flowers have been a theme for Canadian stamps and this new series will definitely not disappoint. Just in time for summer, these bright, vibrant flowers smile at us from very colourful blue backgrounds. Sunflowers have a special place in Canadian history, being a source of food and oil used by Native Americans right down to our modern times.
On February 21, 2011, Canada Post will begin issuing a series of stamps featuring a Canadian artist. This year’s honouree is Daphne Odjig, a Canadian artist of Aboriginal descent. Ms. Odjig was born in 1919 to Dominic Odjig, of the Potawatomi tribe and Joyce Peachy, an English war bride.