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Welcome to the Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain website.


Founded over seventy years ago to promote and study all aspects of philately in British North America (Canada and its Provinces), the Society, which welcomes all BNA collectors from beginner to expert, is happy to receive enquiries from interested potential members.

The Society provides many benefits and services to its members. You should consider joining because of:-


25 October We have added some initial general and travel information for our 2024 Convention to be held in Jersey. You can find this at our Convention page.

27 September The listings of past Society trophy winners have been updated to reflect awards made at our 2023 Convention.

26 September Whilst we have found a volunteer to take over responsibilty for the Society Library, members should be aware that it will take several months for the Library contents to be packed up and relocated to the new home. During this period the Library will not be available. Further details will be provided when we have a firm date for the Library operation to recommence.

26 September The listing of Society Officers has been updated following our AGM on 23 September.

26 September Following a decision taken at our 2023 AGM, the Society Exchange Packet has been permanently closed.

25 September The Convention Auction is now closed. Unsold lots will remain on sale at reserve until 8 Ocotber - full details can be found here. Invoices for those who bid by post will be e mailed out this week.

7 August The auction supplementary information page is now opened. You can find it here.

1 August Our next auction, a room sale at Convention on 23 September, is now online. Members can view the catalogue here.

29 June Members should note that the Library is currently unavailable - see the July Maple Leaves for details.

17 January The 2017 copies of Maple Leaves have been added to the online archive. You can find them here.

16 January The Library List has been updated to include recent additions. You can find the full list here.

15 January The London Group meetings for 2023 will be held over Zoom with the first meeting being on Monday 16 January and subsequent meetings on the third Monday of April, July and October. Meetings start at 1930hrs UK time. If you would like to join the meeting please contact Brian Stalker for the Zoom link.

2 May We have added a new link to our 'Links' page for the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada. Their website includes nearly 100 free to view presentations, many covering BNA topics and is well worth a visit.

31 January The archive copies of Maple Leaves for the year 2016 have been added to the site. You can find them here.

12 November Our thanks go to the Robert Murray stamp shop in Edinburgh. When clearing out their premises they came across a couple of photos taken at CPSGB Conventions in the 1950's. These have been added to our Convention Archive for 1953 and 1956. A prize awaits any member who can corretly identify all the faces!

26 September Yves Drolet who has become a student of the early philatelic societies in Canada recently published his latest monograph covering the history of 'The Philatelic Society of Canada 1891 to 1893'. you can find his paper here.

25 September As an aid to casual browsers of our site who may be interested in joining the Society, we have added a new feature which allows you to view an article from the current issue of Maple Leaves along with the contents of the issue.

12 February We have added some photos from the 2019 Convention to the Convention Archive. You can find them here.

14 January 2019 Courtesy of member Charles Livermore we have added a new feature to our Convention Archives. For the 2018 Convention you can now find links to view and hear presentations given at the Convention. This will be of particular interest to those who were not able to attend. At present we have uploaded only one such presentation, the one Charles himself gave on Toronto Military History. You can find the link here.

2 August 2018 Those members who are avid users of Social Media will be pleased to learn that the Society now has a Facebook presence. The Society Facebook page is 'Canadian Philatelic Society of Great Britain' and we also have a group discussion page which is 'Canadian Philatelic Society of GB Discussion Group'.

1 August 2018 In line with the recently enacted General Data Protection Regulations we have updated our policies on the use of member data. you can find the new policy here.

27 June 2018 We have added a new display to the site featuring the Gold Medal winning one frame display of Newfoundland Postal History. You can find it here.

24 February 2018 We have added a new display to the website - the large display of Large Queen Postal History that was presented to the 2017 Convention can be found here.

17 October 2017 A new feature has been added to the site. If you follow the links via the Benefits page and Convention section you will find details of all the Society Trophies which may be awarded on a annual basis. A short cut link can be found here.

27 January 2017 A full update of the Members Handbook Part 2 - Society Constitution and Rules has been uploaded to the website. You can find this here. In addition a link to the Exchange Packet rules has been added to the Exchange Packet page and the Benefits page now includes links to a list of past Convention venues, the rules of the Society Convention Competitions and the Exchange Packet rules. The 'About Us' page now also includes a link to full lists of past Presidents, Fellows and Honorary Life Members of the Society. In future, all of the above information (which was previously printed in the Members Handbook updates) will only be maintained up to date on the website.

17 June 2016 The listing of Street Cancels has been updated to include some recent finds by members. See the Articles page for the relevant links.

28 April 2016 Thanks to the good offices of John Walsh, Editor of the excellent Newfoundland Specialised Catalogue, we are now able to offer an additional feature in our Maple Leaves Archive section. It is now possible to download complete volumes of Maple Leaves as a single pdf file as an alternative to individual issues. All 31 volumes of the archive are now available in this form. Be warned however that some of the files are very large so if you have slow (or no) broadband be prepared for a long wait!

  • Maple Leaves – an award-winning quarterly journal. You can take a quick look at an article from our current issue here.
  • Our main social event also catering for partners - the Annual Convention. Our 2024 Convention will be held in Jersey between 2 and 6 October.
  • Library – a valuable and extensive collection available for loan
  • Auctions – up to two held each year
  • BNA Literature – a wide range of handbooks for sale
  • Member’s Handbook
  • Informal local group meetings – held periodically in various regions
  • Specialised studies – handled by friendly and approachable contact members
  • Ability to widen your knowledge and make new friends










Last updated on 25 October, 2023
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