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Putting our stamp on it

Mount Clitheroe is the scenery on Canada Post’s new 52 cent stamp, which is being officially presented to the public at 2 p.m., July 21, on the Information Centre lawn.

“It’s interesting that they [Canada Post] chose an image not iconic of the park, but we’re still pleased that it represents the wilderness of the park” said Ken Walker, cultural resources interpretation specialist for Parks Canada.

The image, which features a photograph by Daryl Benson, was designed by Saskia van Kampen after a chance camping trip in Jasper left a profound impact on him. 

“He [van Kampen] wanted to bring his experience into the design of the stamp,” said Teresa Williams, media relations with Canada Post. 

Williams also noted the difficulty faced by van Kampen in his efforts to design the stamp.

“Look at the mountains and the enormous beauty of the park. How can you capture that on a one-inch stamp?” Williams said.

But as Walker pointed out, “It [the stamp] shows people that there’s more to the park than what you can see from the highway.”

Canada Post is printing 3 million Commemorative Stamps, and will continue to sell them either for a period of one year, or until the limited supply runs out. 

The Jasper Commemorative Stamp belongs to Canada Post’s two-part series; Nova Scotia’s Terra Nova National Park, which is celebrating 50 years since its establishment, had an official unveiling for its Commemorative Stamp on July 6. 

Jasper’s official stamp launch has been planned to run alongside the annual Parks Day events, where anyone in town on July 21 can partake in the history and unique aspects offered by Jasper National Park.

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