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Red Bay showcased by Canada Post

The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station will be one of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites featured on a series of U.S. and International rate stamps to be unveiled by Canada Post. This is the stamp that will be released.
The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station will be one of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites featured on a series of U.S. and International rate stamps to be unveiled by Canada Post. This is the stamp that will be released.

The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station will be one of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites featured on a series of postage stamps soon to be unveiled by Canada Post.

This set of stamps will be the third in a multi-year series celebrating Canada’s UNESCO sites, and the second set issued as commemorative U.S. and International rate stamps.

The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station is Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, having received this designation in June 2013. In the 16th century, European whalers crossed the Atlantic to hunt right and bowhead whales, and developed a thriving whale-oil industry in Red Bay, as a Canada Post press release explains.

The Red Bay site was chosen along with Yukon’s ‘Kluane National Park and Reserve’ and British Columbia’s ‘Tatshenshini-Alsek Park’, ‘Dinosaur Provincial Park’ in southeastern Alberta, ‘Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park’ in Alberta, and ‘Wood Buffalo National Park’ in northeastern Alberta.

“These stamps are very popular and it’s a great way to showcase Canada,” said John Caines, a spokesperson with Canada Post. “These are basically by request; people have asked for these images to be on stamps. And it’s not just Canada that thinks they’re valuable; obviously the world does because they’ve been designated UNESCO sites. We’re proud of them.”

The stamp line was launched earlier but an error in the ‘Dinosaur Provincial Park’ stamp led to the product being recalled. They will now be re-launched as soon as possible.

This set of stamps will be the third in a multi-year series celebrating Canada’s UNESCO sites, and the second set issued as commemorative U.S. and International rate stamps.

The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station is Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, having received this designation in June 2013. In the 16th century, European whalers crossed the Atlantic to hunt right and bowhead whales, and developed a thriving whale-oil industry in Red Bay, as a Canada Post press release explains.

The Red Bay site was chosen along with Yukon’s ‘Kluane National Park and Reserve’ and British Columbia’s ‘Tatshenshini-Alsek Park’, ‘Dinosaur Provincial Park’ in southeastern Alberta, ‘Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park’ in Alberta, and ‘Wood Buffalo National Park’ in northeastern Alberta.

“These stamps are very popular and it’s a great way to showcase Canada,” said John Caines, a spokesperson with Canada Post. “These are basically by request; people have asked for these images to be on stamps. And it’s not just Canada that thinks they’re valuable; obviously the world does because they’ve been designated UNESCO sites. We’re proud of them.”

The stamp line was launched earlier but an error in the ‘Dinosaur Provincial Park’ stamp led to the product being recalled. They will now be re-launched as soon as possible.

Per Canada Post:

The stamps will measure 54 mm x 85 mm and were designed by Lara Minja of Lime Design in Victoria, B.C. They were printed by Lowe-Martin. The three U.S. rate stamps and two international rate stamps will be separately available in booklets of six. The souvenir sheet of five stamps measures 130 mm by 100 mm. The Souvenir Sheet Official First Day Cover measures 191 mm x 113 mm. The stamps will also be reproduced as postcards, available individually and in sets of five. The cancellation site is Red Bay, N.L., chosen because of its designation in 2013 as a World Heritage site.

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