Monday, November 8, 2010

1966 Northwest Territories and Yukon Floral Emblems

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories came into existence in 1870 when control of the North-Western Territory was transferred by the British government and the Hudson's Bay Company sold Rupert's Land to Canada.

Canada prior to the formation of the Northwest Territories:

Canada after the acquisition of North-Western Territory and Rupert's Land (1870):

The Northwest Territories floral emblem stamp was issued on March 23, 1966.

The Northwest Territories' floral emblem, the mountain avens (Dryas octopetala), was adopted in 1957. The mountain avens is a member of the rose family, and grows in the Eastern and Central Arctic on high, barren rocky ground. It has narrow basal leaves, and supports a single white flower on a short stem.

National Archives of Canada

First Day Covers

Chickering/ Jackson

Overseas Mailers

Schering Corporation

Rochdale Credit Union

In 1898, the Yukon district of the Northwest Territories became a separate territory.

The Yukon floral emblem stamp was issued on March 23, 1966.

Yukon's floral emblem, the fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium), was adopted in 1957. The hardy magenta fireweed blooms along roadsides, river bars and clearings from mid-July to September. It is one of the first plants to appear in burned areas.


National Archives of Cananda

First Day Covers

Canadian Bank Note Company

Canada Post Office announcement cover

Two-flags replacement cachet used to mail stamp information to Portugal


Overseas Mailers

Schering Corporation


Domestic Forward Letter

Kirkland Lake to Kitchener, April 2, 1966
5 cents forward letter rate