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2001 Canadian Journey Series

Main article: Canadian Journey Series (banknotes)

Beginning in 2001, the Bank of Canada introduced a new series of bills called "Canadian Journey", featuring images of Canadian heritage and excerpts from Canadian literature. The $10 was first issued on January 17, 2001; the $5 on March 27, 2002; the $100 bill on March 17, 2004, the $20 on September 29, 2004, and the $50 on November 17, 2004.

The $20, $50, and $100 dollar notes introduce watermark security features for the first time on Canadian currency since the four-dollar Dominion notes; they also boast significantly expanded holographic security features. Also among the new features are a windowed colour-shifting thread woven into the paper, a see-through number, and enhanced fluorescence under ultraviolet lighting. These features are designed to help Canadians protect themselves by detecting counterfeit notes. All post-2001 series notes also include the EURion constellation, on both sides of the bill. The new bills have a tactile feature, which is a series of raised dots (but not Braille) in the upper right corner on the face of each bill to aid the visually impaired in identifying currency denominations.

The security features new on the $20, $50, and $100 notes were added to an updated version of the $10 note released on 18 May 2005, and the Bank of Canada began issuing a $5 note with upgraded security features on 15 November 2006 as part of its ongoing effort to improve the security of Canadian bank notes. The illustrations on the front and back of the upgraded notes are the same as those on the $5 and $10 notes issued in 2001 and 2002.

The "Canadian Journey" literary excerpts are printed in English and French, with the English versions being:

  • $5: The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places—the school, the church, and the skating-rink—but our real life was on the skating-rink. (Roch Carrier (born 1937) from his short story Le chandail de hockey (The Hockey Sweater))
  • $10: In Flanders Fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row, / That mark our place, and in the sky / The larks, still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below. (John McCrae (1872–1918), from his poem In Flanders Fields)
  • $20: Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts? (Gabrielle Roy (1909–1983) from her novel La Montagne secrète (The Hidden Mountain))
  • $50: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights (from Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948)
  • $100: Do we ever remember that somewhere above the sky in some child's dream perhaps Jacques Cartier is still sailing, always on his way always about to discover a new Canada? (Miriam Waddington (1917–2004) from her poem Jacques Cartier in Toronto)

Canadian Journey banknotes (2004 style) incorporates background color and consists of series years 2001, 2003, 2003A, 2004, 2004A and 2006. All the notes except the $100 bill have additional series years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2009A (some banknotes only). The $100 2009 series began issuing to the public in early 2010 and was printed in 2009 before they were issued. The 2004-2009 series of the $100 bill was withdrawn from the circulation in November 2011. The $50 bill was withdrawn on March 2012 and $5–$20 bills would be withdrawn in the next 2 years before it will be officially announced.

2001 ("Canadian Journey") series
Image Value Main Colour Description Date of
Front Back Front Back Watermark Series Issued Withdrawn
$5 Blue Sir Wilfrid Laurier; the West Block of Parliament Children playing hockey and other winter sports; excerpt from "The Hockey Sweater" by Roch Carrier 2001/2003 27 March 2002 15 November 2006
$5 As portrait 2006/2008/2009/2009A 15 November 2006 By late 2013
$10 Purple Sir John A. Macdonald; the Library of Parliament Peacekeeping forces and war memorial; excerpt from "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae 2001 17 January 2001 18 May 2005
$10 As portrait 2004A/2006/2008 18 May 2005 By late 2013
$20 Green Queen Elizabeth II; the Centre Block of Parliament Artwork of Bill Reid; excerpt from Gabrielle Roy's novel, The Hidden Mountain. As portrait 2004/2004A/2006/2008/2009/2009A 29 September 2004
$50 Red William Lyon Mackenzie King; the Peace Tower The Famous Five and Thérèse Casgrain; quotation from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights As portrait 2004/2004A/2006/2008 17 November 2004 26 March 2012
$100 Brown Sir Robert Borden; the East Block of Parliament Maps of Canada, historic and modern; excerpt from Miriam Waddington's poem, "Jacques Cartier in Toronto" As portrait 2003A/2004/2004A/2006/2009 17 March 2004 14 November 2011

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