Canadian Journey Series

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Face sides of the 2001 Canadian Journey series depicting, top to bottom, Wilfrid Laurier, John A. Macdonald, Queen Elizabeth II, William Lyon Mackenzie King, and Robert Borden.

The Canadian Journey series is the sixth series of Canadian banknotes designed and circulated by the Bank of Canada. It succeeded the Birds of Canada banknote series, and from 2011 to 2013 was replaced by the Frontier Series.

The $10 was first issued on January 17, 2001; and the $5 on March 27, 2002. The higher denominations included stronger security features and were issued starting March 17, 2004 for the $100, the $20 on September 29, 2004, and the $50 on November 17, 2004. The $10 and $5 were reissued in 2005 and 2006, with upgraded security features to match those on the higher denominations.

All banknotes have tactile features to assist people who are visually impaired to identify the notes. The $20 note won "Banknote of 2004" award from the International Bank Note Society.[1]


Value Main colour Obverse Reverse Series Year Issued Withdrawn
$5      Blue Wilfrid Laurier Children playing hockey, tobogganing, and skating; excerpt from "The Hockey Sweater" by Roch Carrier 2001/2003 27 March 2002 15 November 2006
2006/2008/2009/2009A 15 November 2006 7 November 2013
$10      Purple John A. Macdonald Peacekeeping forces and war memorial; poppy field and excerpt from "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae 2001 17 January 2001 18 May 2005
2004A/2006/2008 18 May 2005 7 November 2013
$20      Green Elizabeth II Artwork of Bill Reid, and an excerpt from Gabrielle Roy's novel The Hidden Mountain 2004/2004A/2006/2008/2009/2009A 29 September 2004 7 November 2012
$50      Red William Lyon Mackenzie King The Famous Five and Thérèse Casgrain; quotation from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 2004/2004A/2006/2008 17 November 2004 26 March 2012
$100      Brown Robert Borden Maps of Canada, and an excerpt from Miriam Waddington's poem, "Jacques Cartier in Toronto" 2003A/2004/2004A/2006/2009 17 March 2004 14 November 2011


With most or all other features remaining the same Canadian Journey Series Banknote varieties exist with changes to the Date Printed and the signatures combinations. Canadian Banknotes are also printed by two different printers, the Canadian Banknote Company and BA International Inc. The serial number prefix indicates which printer was responsible for printing the particular banknote.

Denomination Printed Year Signature Combination
$5 2002 Signature - Knight-Dodge
$5 2006 Signature - Jenkins-Dodge
$5 2006 Signature - Jenkins-Carney
$5 2006 Signature - Macklem-Carney
$10 2001 Signature - Knight-Thiessen
$10 2001 Signature - Knight-Dodge
$10 2005 Signature - Jenkins-Dodge
$10 2005 Signature - Jenkins-Carney


In 2003, high-quality counterfeits of the $10 banknote appeared in circulation in Ontario and Quebec.[2]