Signs of the zodiac, Canada 2011 stamps, Gemini

2011 Canada Gemini stamp
2011 Canada Gemini stamp

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).

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New Canada stamp commemorating Parks Canada

2011 Stamp commemorating Parks Canada Centenary
2011 Stamp commemorating Parks Canada Centenary

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.

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2011 Canada sign of the zodiac stamp, Taurus

2011 Canada stamp-Taurus
2011 Canada stamp-Taurus

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.

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International year of forests 2011 Canada stamp

2011 International Year of Forests stamp
2011 International Year of Forests Canada souvenir sheet

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.

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2011 Signs of the zodiac Canada stamp series, Aries

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Signs of the Zodiac-Aries

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.

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2011 Canada stamp featuring sunflowers

2011 Sunflowers stamps
2011 Sunflowers stamps

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.