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Niagara Falls

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This postcard shows the Canadian Horseshoe Falls viewed from one of the many beautiful vantage points found throughout the Niagara Parks.
The Niagara Falls, located on the Niagara River draining Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls and the adjacent American Falls along with the comparatively small Bridal Veil Falls, which combined form the highest flow rate of any waterfalls in the world and has a vertical drop of more than 50 meters.  Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfalls (vertical height along with flow rate) in Canada.
Niagara Falls forms the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York.
The falls are located 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York, and 75 miles (121 km) south-southeast of Toronto, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York.

The two little stamps are from a series of 2006 definitives, "Canadian sceneries under the flag". Here trees and bears.
The larger postage stamp depicts the fox (Vulpes vulpes). This stamp, issued May 22 - 2010, is one from a series of 5 with winning snapshots from the second Wildlife Photography of the Year contest.

Nova Scotia: Cape Breton Eiland

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Cape Breton Island, in het Frans Île du Cap-Breton, is een eiland langs de Atlantische kust van Noord-Amerika. De naam komt van "Breton", afgeleid van het Franse Bretagne. Dit eiland behoort tot de Canadese provincie Nova Scotia. Het is overigens geen echt eiland meer, want er is een brug aangelegd.
De eerste Europese bezoeker was waarschijnlijk John Cabot, een Italiaan (Giovanni Caboto) die voor de Engelsen werkte, die er aankwam in 1497. Over het eiland loopt nu een toeristische autoroute onder de naam "John Cabot Trail".

Cape Breton Island was a separate colony until 1820 when it was merged into Nova Scotia against its will.
It is the only place in North America where Gaelic is still spoken, a legacy of the large immigration (about 50,000) from the highlands of Scotland in the first half of the 19th century.
There are also pockets of French, remnants of the Acadian history described in the Longfellow epic poem "Evangeline", in towns such as Margaree and Chéticamp.  There is a strong island identity and sense of community, which increasingly unifies the Mikmaq population of the island.

De kaart had een opgedrukte postzegel met een (Canadees) kastanjeblad (maple leaf). De afzender heeft een extra zegeltje geplakt met een schattig ijsbeertje. Cheryl schreef er bij: "I love Polar Bears!". Thanks Cheryl.


Canada: Trail Riding

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Verken een gebied vanaf de rug van een paard. Ontdek vergezichten die je alleen zo kunt bewonderen. Rijdt door omgevingen die je niet te voet kunt nemen. Overnacht in primitieve kampementen bij een open kampvuur samen met een gezelschap andere ruiters. Deze activiteit wordt alsmaar populairder. Deze sport heet "Trail riding", rijden langs een vooraf uitgezet (toeristisch avontuurlijke) route.

Trail riding has long been part of Western Canada's heritage and is becoming more popular than ever. As an example: Riding through the Canadian Rocky Mountains is an experience one never forgets.

Ja, daar is het ijsbeertje weer. Meet the polar bear again! Thanks Sarah!


Edmonton: Capital of Alberta

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Edmonton is de hoofdstad van de Canadese provincie Alberta. Het is de vijfde stad van Canada, na Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver en Calgary.  Sinds 1981 heeft de stad het grootste overdekte winkelcentrum van Noord-Amerika, de West Edmonton Mall. Het centrum bestaat uit een indoor amusementspark, een groot subtropisch zwembad en waterpark, een bioscoop, een ijsbaan, hotels en meer dan 800 winkels.
Verder heeft de stad haar eigen universiteit, de “University of Alberta”, en staat bekend als de “festivalstad”, door het grote aantal culturele activiteiten dat er wordt georganiseerd.
Op de voorgrond op de kaart is het "Muttart Conservatory" afgebeeld, een botanische tuin onder 4 glazen pyramides. Hier groeien het gehele jaar vooral tropische planten door nauwkeurige klimaatbeheersing van vochtigheid en temperatuur.
Architect van dit complex is Peter Hemingway.

Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta and is the province's second-largest city. Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River.
Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It plays host to a year-round slate of world-class festivals, earning it the title of "The Festival City." It is home to North America's largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world's largest mall from 1981 until 2004), and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum. In 2004, Edmonton celebrated the centennial of its incorporation as a city.
The Muttart Conservatory is a botanical garden located in the North Saskatchewan river valley, across from downtown Edmonton.
The conservatory consists of four glass, pyramid-shaped structures that showcase plants from arid, tropical, and temperate climates, providing a welcome oasis of warmth during winter. The fourth pyramid hosts a theme that changes throughout the year.

De postzegel toont één van de werken van de Canadese kunstenares Daphne Odjig. Daphne Odjig (geb 1919) is van Indiaanse afkomst en dat is goed te zien in haar werk.
Hert afgebeelde werkstuk "Spiritual Renewal" is van 1984.

The stamp depicts one of the works of Daphne Odjig. Daphne was born in Wikwemikong, the principal village on the Manitoulin Island Unceded Indian Reserve. Daphne's first and perhaps biggest artistic influence was her paternal grandfather Jonas with whom the young family lived.
The artwork shown on the stamp is called "Spiritual Renewal". It was made in 1984.


Calgary: skyline

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The postcard shows a spectacular view of the Calgary skyline with the lit torch of the Calgary Tower in the background.
Calgary is the largest city in the Canadian Province of Alberta. Economic activity in Calgary is mostly centred on the petroleum industry, agriculture and tourism.
In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter games.

The postcard has been franked with three stamps from the 2011 series of (5) permanent stamps "Canada Pride". These stamps demonstrate both personal and official appearances of the Canadian flag, in this case on a Canadian soldier, a Canadarm and a traveller's backpack.
The stylized "O" ( which stands for "O Canada")  not only acts as a symbol of the national anthem, it also serves as a means of focusing attention on the flag and its surroundings.


Bracebridge, Ontario: "The Heart of Muskoka"

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Bracebridge is a town and the seat of the Muskoka District Municipality of Ontario, Canada.
The town was built around a waterfall on the Muskoka River in the centre of town, and is known for its other nearby waterfalls (Wilson's Falls, High Falls, etc.).
It was first incorporated in 1875. It was named after a book, Bracebridge Hall by Washington Irving, that the postmaster in charge of naming towns was reading at the time.

The stamp is from a commemorative sheet of 3 stamps with art work of the Canadese artist Daphne Odjig (born 1919). Date of issue is february 21, 2011.
Born and raised in the village of Wikwemikong, on Manitoulin Island, Daphne Odjig has strong traditional roots in her Native culture (she is Potawatomi, Odawa, and English) and is proud of the artistic tradition of her (Indian) ancestors.


Bruce Peninsula

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The Bruce Peninsula National Park is situated on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula, between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
The beautiful park, with a size of 155 square kilometers at the tip of the Niagara Escarpment, consists out of limestone cliffs, caves and underground streams, and ancient forests with some of the oldest trees in Canada.
The Bruce Peninsula National Park is comprised of an incredible array of habitats from rare alvars to dense forests and clean lakes.
Together these form a greater ecosystem - the largest remaining chunk of natural habitat in southern Ontario.
The total Bruce Peninsula features more than 800 kilometers of majestic shoreline.

Three stamps on this postcard:
1. Small stamp to draw attention to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
2. The 54-cents stamp, issued April 2 - 2009, features the National Research Council’s Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) in Saanich, BC. Completed in 1918, the DAO was the first Canadian observatory of international calibre and, for a brief period, it was the largest operating telescope in the world. It is pictured before the Horsehead Nebula, an evocative cloud of cold gas and dust silhouetted against bright, swirling gases in the constellation of Orion.
3. In 2008, the 100th Anniversary of the publication of "Anne of Green Gables", Canada Post issued two collectible Anne of Green Gables Stamps featuring Anne Shirley and Green Gables, two 52-cents postage stamps.
Here the "Maison aux Pignons verts" is shown. The other stamp (not shown here) gives a picture of Anne. The stamps were designed by Dennis Page.



Halifax:  Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

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Among the landmarks of historic Halifax, none is more recognized than the Old Town Clock.
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, arranged for a turret clock to be manufactured for the Halifax garrison before his return to England in 1800.  A three-tiered, irregular octagon tower atop a building of classical Palladian proportions was erected on the glacis bordering Barrack Street (Brunswick Street) to house the clock.
The Town Clock officially began keeping time for the garrison on October 20, 1803 and has served the residents of Halifax for over 190 years.

A permanent postage stamp is shown here depicting a (lazy or young) polar bear.


Thunder Bay:  Terry Fox Memorial

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Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist.
In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy.
Terry Fox was 22 when he died.

Julie had selected a nice and carefully determined collection of older Canadian stamps on this postcard.
The following stamps can be seen:
1. 48-cent, emission of 2001, Canadian flag and main postoffice of Ottawa,
2. 47-cent, issued in 2001 as "stamp-on-stamp" issue, with a picture of the first 3-pence Canadian stamp, issued in 1851 depicting the Beaver.
3. The 30-cents stamp was issued 13 april 1982 to remember the "Marathon of Hope" of Terry Fox.
4. On the 5-cents stamp there is the Canadian flag and map.
5. The 45-cents "stamp-on-stamp" issue of 1998 is devoted to Postmaster General Sir William Mulock, who was responsible for the emission of the first "Christmas" stamp ever, also shown on this postage stamp.


Downtown Montréal

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Montreal is a city in Canada. It is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada.
Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", the city takes its present name from Mont-Royal, the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city, whose name was also initially given to the island on which the city is located, or Mont Réal as it was spelled in Middle French (Mont Royal in present French).
A place where people from all around the globe come together to enjoy a Canadian city with a European flair. An island set along the almighty St. Lawrence River, Montreal is known as the city built around a mountain.
The card has a postage stamp with the little icebear, as described above.