Saturday, 20 February 2010

POSTCARD FROM CANADA

Nova Scotia is the province at the extreme southeastern corner of Canada. The southern and eastern parts of the province lie on a peninsula facing the Atlantic. It is separated from the mainland of Nova Scotia by the Strait of Canso and is divided into two parts by the large Bras d'Or Lake. The island has a distinctive history: it was a French colony until 1763 and it was a British colony, separate from Nova Scotia, from 1784 to 1820. The rugged and irregularly shaped island is home of several lighthouses that signal navigation in peninsulas and bays.
My friend Bob chose four stamps of the definitive flag series issued on December 27, 2007, each depicting a lighthouse in a distinct Canadian landscape. Of the four lighthouses shown, the first (starting at the top left) is located at Warren Landing, Manitoba and was built in 1908. The second stamp shows the 1758 Sambro Island lighthouse, located in Nova Scotia. The next 110 ft tower is located at Point Clark, Ontario, built in 1859 to warn of the dangers posed by the reefs approximately two miles off Lake Huron's shoreline. The fourth stamp shows the 1858 Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse at Land's End on the Gaspesie Peninsula in Quebec. There are also four stamps of the Beneficial Insects series issued in October 2007.

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