The Canol Project
In 1942, U.S. government wanted a secure oil supply for Alaska. The Canadian government approved the Canol (Canadian Oil) project whereby the U.S. would build a pipeline from the Imperial Oil Field at Norman Wells, N.W.T., to a refinery in Whitehorse and then send the refined oil to Fairbanks.
The pipeline was built from 1942 to 1944 by military personnel and civilian contractors. Canol was closed in March, 1945.
Oil tanks Norman Wells
Canol Whitehorse Refinery under construction, 1943
Canol Post Office
The "CANOL" post office was opened in November, 1942, about four miles from Norman Wells, in the construction camp that was building the pipeline. The office provided postal services for the employees of the civilian contractor, Bechtel-Price-Callahan. The post office closed on March 1, 1945.
Canol, N.W.T. to Jackson, Miss., October 9, 1943
7 cents air mail letter rate to the U.S.
Return address : Camp Canol, N.W.T., Can.
Canol Post Office circular date stamp
October 9, 1943