Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Canada – Québec

This card shows Quebec City's famous Château Frontenac, the Haute-Ville (Upper Town), and the Saint Laurence River beyond. Quebec City was founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1608, making it one of the oldest settlements in Canada. It is the only North American city to have preserved its city walls, and is a part of the Historic District of Old Québec UNESCO World Heritage site as one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city. The Haute-Ville, built on the top of the well-protected cliff of Cap Diamant, became the religious, administrative and military centre of the city, while the Basse-Ville (Lower Town) was populated with merchants and craftsmen, whose work was often linked to the river.

Thanks to Paul who was visiting.

Permanent rate stamps from 2007 featuring a Odontioda Island Red Orchid, about which I could find no information. Somewhat strange, then, that Canada Post would use it for their permanent rate stamp.

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