Wednesday 9 January 2013

Canada Post Banff National Park Stamp

This attractive Canadian postage stamp was issued by Canada Post on June 21, 1985, to commemorate the centenary of world renowned Banff National Park. The stamp itself is an un-mounted mint example of the $2 stamp, beautifully printed using a combination of engraving and lithography. It is housed on a card that slides into an outer cardboard sleeve adorned with vintage and contemporary images of Banff National Park.
Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park, located 110–180 km west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, encompasses 6,641 km2 of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Canadian Pacific Railway was instrumental in Banff's early years, building the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise, and attracting tourists through extensive advertising.