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Canada Post to issue Dog Sled Stamp in May 2011

1/28/2011 | Jeffrey Dinsdale | http://www.dogsledmailrun.ca/

2/1/2011 update | Jeffrey Dinsdale | http://www.dogsledmailrun.ca/

When the stamp is issued in May 2011, it will be possible to purchase by visiting the Canada Post website at: www.canadapost.ca/collecting (English) or www.postescanada.ca/collection (French). Information will be posted about purchasing on-line or via phone.


Gold Rush Trail Dog Sled Mail Run hosted unveiling of new Canada Post stamp to commemorate the history of the delivery of mail by dogteam throughout Canada.

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Image used with permission of Canada Post

 What: Celebrate the history of mail delivery by dog sled throughout the northern parts of Canada with a special unveiling of the artwork to be featured on the Methods of Mail Delivery: Dog Sled Stamp.

While the new stamp won’t be released until May 2011, the Gold Rush Dog Sled Mail Run offered a sneak peek at the image that will make up the stamp. For the past 19 years, dog teams and dedicated mushers who have been sworn in as official mail carriers have carried Canada Post mail in their dog sleds over the Gold Rush Trail. Special Mail Run envelopes are stamped "Carried by Dog Team" and are hand cancelled at the Quesnel, Wells and Barkerville post offices along the route. Once delivered to Barkerville, this mail enters the regular mail system for delivery anywhere in the world.

For more information on the history of the run, the mail run envelopes, and the musher preparations please check out the Run’s website http://www.dogsledmailrun.ca/  

In attendance were Jacques Bellerive, Operations Director, Pacific Region, Canada Post; Bob Lebeck, Chairman of the Quesnel Museum and Heritage Commission; Coralee Oakes, Quesnel City Counsellor and Acting Mayor; and Warren Palfrey, Sled Dog Owner, Musher and Outfitter. Warren’s great grandfather, Sam Hourie, was a mail carrier who delivered mail by dog sled in the Yukon in the early 1900s

About the Stamp:  Finding ways to deliver the mail to and from some extremely remote locations and hostile climates can be mind boggling especially when you live in the second largest country in the world. Canada Post has embraced this challenge and learned to use many different types of transportation such as dog sleds to connect Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

On May 13th, Canada Post will issue a domestic rate stamp to commemorate the history of mail delivery by dog sleds. The stamp design features a dog sled and its musher crossing a snowy wilderness, as well as images of some early pieces of mail sent by dog sled. The stamp represents the importance Canada Post has always attached to serving Canadians in remote rural communities.

A link to photos of the ceremony can be found on the home page of the Mail Run website http://www.dogsledmailrun.ca/  


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