|Date of Issue
|November 2, 2023
|Series Time Span
This U.S. rate stamp depicts a magical outdoor winter ice-skating rink with a quaint village, a comforting outdoor fire, and a blend of snow-draped and leafless trees. Skaters glide on the ice while others engage in sledding, under a teal-coloured sky.
Canada Post continued its nearly 60-year tradition with these Christmas and holiday stamp issues that capture the spirit of the season.
Since 1964, Canadians have been encouraged to make their mail merrier with annual Christmas and holiday stamps. This year’s stamps once again include both sacred and secular imagery.
There is something enchanting and intrinsically Canadian about a snow-covered landscape. Whether it brings back childhood memories of playing in freshly fallen snow or reminds us of the joy of past holiday celebrations, the icy beauty around us evokes a sense of wonder.
Illustrator Tim Zeltner's multilayered illustration technique skillfully captures the frosty splendour of our Canadian winters, employing cool tones and layered images to provide a vivid sense of depth and perspective.
The three stamps collectively offer a diverse cross-section of winter landscapes from across the country.
Designed by Jocelyne Saulnier of Joce Creative and illustrated by Tim Zeltner, this stamp issue features charming and evocative illustrations of Canadian winter scenes: a mountain village (Permanent™ domestic rate), a frozen pond perfect for skating in a snow-covered valley (U.S. rate) and a rugged coastal landscape (international rate ).
The snow areas were overprinted with a clear pearl ink to enhance to snow and give it dimension.