Have you ever received a letter or package that was addressed incorrectly — but made it to you anyway? You can thank Canada Post employees who go above and beyond to deliver the mail entrusted to them.
Alan Doyle, former lead singer of Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea, received a letter sent from someone in British Columbia this week addressed to just “Alan Doyle, the musician from Petty Harbour.”
The sender even added a “Thank you for trying” message to Canada Post.
When it did manage to reach Doyle’s hands, he posted a photo of the envelope on Twitter, prompting users to share dozens of similar amusing stories from across the country.
— Alan Doyle (@alanthomasdoyle) April 22, 2020
Darlene Richter’s small daughter once mailed a letter from Sioux Lookout to Red Lake, Ont. addressed to just Grandma and Grandpa Troyer.
When my daughter was 4, she sent a letter, unbeknownst to me, to “Grandma and Grandpa Troyer”, Red Lake, Ontario. From Sioux Lookout. They got it.
— Darlene Richter (@DarleneRichter1) April 22, 2020
Pete Soucy wanted to send a postcard to friends when he was abroad in 1990, but didn't know their exact address. The postcard made it with a general description of the house.
Around 1990 I sent a post card from Bulgaria to friends on Whiteway St., & described the general location -‘3 or 4 houses from X intersection, with X kind of driveway, with a fire hydrant on the lawn’ - that sort of thing. They got it. Must have been a point of pride for Can Post
— Pete Soucy (@PeteSoucy) April 22, 2020
In 2001, Gabriel Almada's grandfather sent him a letter from Argentina, addressed with only his name, phone number and “Canada.”
Canada Post rocks... Back in 2001, my late grandfather sent me a letter from Argentina. The letter only had my name, my PHONE NUMBER, and the word 'Canada'. They delivered it to my place. I will never forget this
— Gabriel Almada (@lfwaterloo) April 22, 2020
Canada Post says it’s proud of the “dedicated employees who often go beyond to deliver mail to all Canadians,” adding that they see happy endings like this most often in smaller communities.
“In many cases our employees investigate to complete an address either by correcting a street name, adding a house number or postal code.”
The agency says while surprise deliveries like Doyle’s are heartwarming, it’s important to include the full address and proper postage to make sure your mail reaches its intended recipient and is not returned to sender.
If you have a fun story about an unlikely delivery by Canada Post, share it with us on social using #sharecangeo or tagging us @CanGeo on Twitter!