August 01, 2008 09:14 ET

Canada Post Celebrates British Columbia's 150th Anniversary

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2008) - Canada Post today issued a domestic rate commemorative stamp to celebrate British Columbia's 150th anniversary. The stamp recognizes the pivotal role of the Fraser River Gold Rush in the province's creation and celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1858.

The year 2008 marks 150 years since rumours of gold changed the fate of the Pacific Northwest, accounting for British Columbia's status as a Crown colony. The province, which spans roughly 950,000 square kilometers or 366,000 square miles, is the third largest in the country, and boasts a population of 4,310,500, half of which live in the Victoria/Vancouver area.

The stamp designed by Matthew Clark and Roy White of Vancouver's Subplot Design Inc., features a gold-panning image in which the rugged hand of a panner outlines the province's eastern border. The photograph is superimposed over a modern-day map of B.C., including Vancouver Island, which was not part of the colony 150 years ago. The stamp pane's header, created by illustrator Adam Rogers, depicts the province's evolution in silhouette, capturing mountain ranges, a longhouse, totem poles, and the Lions Gate Bridge through to a modern-day Vancouver skyline.

The reverse side of the stamp pane includes eight historic photographs; which tell the intriguing story of British Columbia's coming of age.

The 52-cent self-adhesive stamp measures 52 mm x 30 mm (horizontal) with simulated perforations. Lowe-Martin printed 2 million stamps sold in panes of 16. The stamps will be printed using lithography in six colours on Tullis Russell paper. They are general tagged on all sides with 13+perforations. The Official First Day Cover will bear the cancel FORT LANGLEY BC.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the Newsroom section of Canada Post's website, and photos of these new stamps are in the Newsroom's Photo Centre. Stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at Canada Post's website, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1 800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902 863-6550.

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