Sunday, 17 February 2013

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM CANADA

Prince Edward Island, smallest of the ten Canadian provinces, is located in the southern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, separated from the mainland by the Northumberland Strait. The coastline has a combination of long beaches, dunes, red sandstone cliffs, salt water marshes, numerous bays and harbors  and the island has 63 lighthouses still standing.
East Point Lighthouse is the 19.5 m (64 ft.) octagonal white wood tower threatened by the red cliffs erosion at the top-right corner of the card. Built in 1867, it marks the northernmost and easternmost points on Prince Edward Island (46° 27' 7.17" N, 61° 58' 22.5" W). East Point Lighthouse appears much the same today as it did when it was built, and many visitors come to the site to admire the beautiful scenery and explore the tower.
West Point Lighthouse is a 20 m (67 ft.) square pyramidal wood tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands.  It was first lit on May 21, 1876 at the southwestern tip of Prince Edward Island (46 37 13.1″ N 64 22 12.3″ W). The lighthouse was automated on May 19, 1963; the station was fully restored and renovated and now offers overnight accommodations and includes a restaurant as well as the museum.
Since 1851, the Blockhouse Point Lighthouse lies at the west entrance of Charlottetown Harbor (46° 11' 26.1" N 63° 7' 46.2" W). This present 12 m (40 ft.) square pyramidal wood tower, attached at one corner of a 2-story wood keeper's house was built in 1876. The structure maintains its original innovative foundation. In over 100 years, it has never required restoration. The only change made was to add automation on July 25, 1962.
Twenty five years since the release of the first book by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, Franklin the Turtle is the first animated character to earn a postal issue. Canada Post issued on May 11, 2012 four stamps depicting the famous Canadian children’s literature character. Franklin has sold 65 million books in 24 languages in 38 countries; he also starred an educational television series in 78 episodes during six seasons (1997 – 2003).
Canada Post issued on May 17, 2012 two commemorative stamps celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, the annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The domestic-rate Permanent stamp features a powerful standing rodeo horse.
Canada Post celebrates 150 years of military service in the country releasing on October 11, 2012 three commemorative stamps. Each stamp depicts four soldiers, dressed in uniforms from throughout the militia’s history, and bears the group’s name.  This domestic-rate Permanent stamp affixed on the postcard salutes the Royal Regiment of Canada, an infantry unit based in Toronto.

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