Date of Issue : 15 May 2014
On 15-th of May Canada Post issued five stamps celebrating Canadian UNESCO World Heritage sites. The five stamps feature Old Town Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; SGang Gwaay, British Columbia; the Rideau Canal in Ontario; the Landscape of Grand Pré, Nova Scotia; and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta.
There are 17 World Heritage sites located in Canada and another seven sites on Canada’s Tentative List of World Heritage sites. The 17 Canadian sites are a collection of national and provincial parks and historic settings considered by the World Heritage Committee to be of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity.
The Old Town Lunenburg stamp showcases distinctive 18th and 19th century European-influenced architecture. And of course it is the home of the famous ship, the Bluenose II;
The Grand Pré landscape stamp demonstrates 17th century farming techniques. It is also a place of reflection and remembrance of the Acadian deportation;
The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump image illustrates hunting techniques of Plains People over thousands of years;
The site of SGang Gwaay commemorates 10,000 years of connection between land, sea and Haida culture. It includes remains of 19th century houses and memorial and mortuary poles;
The Rideau Canal stamp honours the oldest continuously operated canal in North America which opened in 1832. The Rideau Canal is one of the first canals designed specifically for steam-powered vessels.