The Mountain Sheep of Western Canada stamp was issued on September 8 1972 as part of a five piece Landscape Definitives set. The set included images of a forest, prairies, polar bears, the seashore, and of course mountain sheep in the Rockies. These landscape images are not specialized to any specific place, and represent the whole of Canada. This particular 15-cent stamp was printed by the British American Bank Note Company. It was designed by Reinhard Derreth, based on a photograph by Harry Rowed. There are three variations of this stamp, due to colour shifts, perforation count and other changes during the printing process.
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Located just west of Pocahontas on Highway 16, mountain sheep frequently visit the mineral lick at this viewpoint. A roadside turnoff with outhouses is located on site for easier parking and wildlife viewing. Although it cannot be guaranteed mountain sheep will be found here, it is one of the best viewing spots in Jasper National Park. Even if sheep cannot be found on the particular day one chooses to make the trip, it is still a gorgeous drive along the highway.
Mountain Sheep are frequently encountered
in Jasper National Park
Photo by Kirsten Christopherson
Performations: 12 x 12.5, 13
Scott Number: 595
Value 2009 (unused, very fine): $150.00 maximum price depending upon variety
Value 2009 (used, very fine): $0.20
Name of Site: Mountain Sheep of Western Canada
Ownership: Parks Canada
Access to Site: Jasper National Park is open year round, and although all major roads are maintained all year, some closures may be in effect during the winter or in certain weather conditions.
Appeal to Families & Children: 3
Appeal to People With Passion for Topic: 4
Scenic Appeal of Site: 4
Nearest Park or Municipality: Jasper National Park
Operated by: Parks Canada
Park Area: 10 878 square kilometres
Park Established: 1907
Comments: Backpacking, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, downhill skiing and ice skating are allactivities that can be enjoyed in Jasper. The town of Jasper provides all services. Winter weather may cause road closures, so check the website for updates before embarking on your daily journey.
Hours of Visitor Centre:
Seven days a week
April 4- June 12: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
June 13 - Aug. 31: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sept. 1 - Sept 30: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Oct 1 - Oct 31: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
November 01 - April 4: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Daily Entry or Annual Passes available.
Daily Entry Fees: Adult $9.80; Senior $8.30; Youth $4.90; Family/Group $19.60