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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

New 10-year passport features iconic Canadian images

The pages of the newly-available 10-year passport feature a collection of iconic Canadian people, places and events. Canadians can now apply for either a 5-year or 10-year passport, but the new ePassport also comes with a bump in price: $120 for 5 years or $160 for 10 years.

Symbols of Aboriginal people, including the Inuksuk

    Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer who established Quebec City and served as first Governor for the colony.

   The painting 'The Fathers of Confederation' by Rex Wood, a re-creation of the paiting that was lost in the fire of Parliament's Centre Block in 1916.

     An image of railroad director Donald A. Smith driving the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway into the ground. The moment was famously captured in a quote by first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald: "Events have shown us that we are made one people by that road, that iron link has bound us together."

   A topographical map of Canada's North, highlighting Canada's three territories alongside Canadian Arctic adventurer Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier.

   Canada's Prairies, highlighted in this image by the railway, oil production and grain silo signifying agriculture.

    Pier 21 in Halifax, shown here, was one of the most significant ports of entry for new immigrants to Canada. Between 1928 and 1971, one million immigrants passed through this pier.

   One of the most recognizable buildings in Canada, the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa is most notable for the Peace Tower, which was built during the First World War.

    The Canadian side of Niagara Falls in Ontario, Horseshoe Falls.

    The Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France commemorates the Canadian men who lost their lives and the bravery of all involved who captured Vimy Ridge, which was a major turning point in the First World War for the Allies.

   Québec City was founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, located strategically along the Saint Lawrence River.

    Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police are shown in this image, featuring both past and present looks for the Mounties.

     The Grey Cup and the Stanley Cup are two of the most important sports trophies to Canadians, the highest honours in two iconic poplar sports in Canada.

    On the left, Nellie McClung and the Famous Five were women who sought to prove that women were 'persons' under Canadian law. On the right, Terry Fox, who ran the Marathon of Hope in 1980 to raise money and awareness for cancer.

   Various images of Canadians at war, and some of the monuments that have been constructed to honour those men and women.

    The Bluenose is shown in front of Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador. Cape Spear is the most easterly point of land in North America.

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