Friday, May 25, 2012

Buying stamps in Canada


I am writing this post from Ottawa, Canada, where I have spent a week for a business trip. We had a very busy week, but hopefully today we finished earlier than the other days so that I had some time to enjoy the nice (and warm) weather and to do some shopping. I decided to try to buy some stamps and to share this experience with you as I did when I was in Australia.

My hotel and the place where we had the workshop are located in Kanata, a city located in the suburb of Ottawa. As I did not want to go too far, I asked one of my Canadian colleague where I could find a post office. At first he hesitated and asked me “a post office to do what?”. Amused by his reaction I answered that I wanted to buy some stamps to send letters to France. Then he indicated to me a place located near where we were. I understood from his indication that this was a sort of drugstore where I could find what I was looking for.

So I started walking along a large road wondering if I was really in the good direction.

After spending almost 10 minutes to cross the road (!), I realized that the place was on the other side and that I had crossed for nothing… So I crossed again the road and I arrived at the famous drugstore.



Hopefully a Canada Post logo and a colorful mailbox indicated that indeed, I would find what I wanted.

Inside the place, there was a Canada Post desk where I was welcomed by a smiling lady. When I asked her for stamps, she took time to show me all what she had. She had mainly stamps in booklets but she had a very large choice, which was a very nice surprise for me in such a shop which is not really a post office.

Among the booklets she proposed to me, I selected first the following one (as I don’t have my scanner with me… the picture I’m showing here are coming from Canada Post website).

The booklet contains the two self-adhesive stamps issued on the 1st of March 2012. This is the seventh issue of the beloved flower series. The stamps picture daylilies (Hemerocallis) that are very nice flowers that take their name from the fact that they only last one day!

Here is the second booklet that I bought.

It contains the stamp that is part of the set issued on the 23rd of February 2012 in the Art series. The full set contains three stamps that picture works from Joe Fafard a Canadian artist well known for creating art inspired by prairie farms and small towns.  I really like the stamps of this set so I don’t resist to the pleasure to share them with you.
The first one is the one of the booklet. Its face value corresponds to the rate of a letter from Canada to rest of the world. It pictures Capillery, a horse sculpture.

The second one is for the letter inside Canada. It pictures “Smoothly she shifted” a cow sculpture that I really like and that will well fit into my cow stamp collection!

The third one, the stamp for letter from Canada to USA, shows “Dear Vincent” a sculpture picturing Vincent Van Gogh.

A very nice set, don’t you think so?

I also bought a booklet of the Titanic stamp issued on the 5th of April.

I also bought a funny shopping bag illustrated with the 1953 definitive stamp picturing a polar bear. Here are the bag and the original stamp.


So as you can see, this was a very nice experience, much better than what I experienced in UK or in Australia. I was very pleased when I came back to my hotel. I also took this opportunity to send some letters to myself. I will show them to you when they come!

1 comment:

BUTTERFLY said...

Thanks for this update.I have lots of such stamps.