If you are planning to use regular mail to ship your holiday parcels to family or friends across the country, you should get to the post office as soon as possible.
Canada Post’s busiest processing day of the year is Thursday and the post office is currently very busy. Therefore, the window to ship parcels through regular mail is closing fast.
“We’re saying on our website Dec. 10, but if you get it in [Tuesday] or even [Wednesday] it’s going to get there on time,” said Eugene Knapik, a Canada Post spokesperson.
People sending holiday cards have a bit more time. According to the Canada Post website, Canadians have until Dec. 17 to send a holiday card to someone out of province.
Holiday cards will be delivered within the province if they’re sent on or before the 18th and cards that are sent on or before the 19th will be delivered locally in time for Christmas.
At points in the last few days, the line at the post office at 102nd Street and 101st Avenue was out the door as a result of the number of people trying to get their parcels delivered before the holidays.
Lisa Pomeroy, a local resident, waited in line on Monday at the Fort St. John post office for 10 minutes.
Pomeroy, who has sent parcels during the holiday season for several years, says that to ensure her gifts get delivered on time she uses Canada Post’s express mail service.
“I usually send things express post because it takes a little longer for things to leave Fort St. John and it takes a little longer for things to come to Fort St. John. So there’s no real overnight anything,” Pomeroy said.
For those in the middle of their holiday shopping Knapik says that they can use Canada Post’s premium delivery services – Xpresspost and Priority – to ship in Canada as late as the 19th and 20th respectively.
These are only suggested dates. The sooner parcels are shipped the better chance it will arrive on time.
Pomeroy said that she doesn’t think that it’s any busier this year than it has been in year’s past.
However, Knapik says that because of the growth of the e-commerce business, Canada Post’s parcel business is getting busier year after year.
“It’s a three-peak year now. It used to be there was a gradual increase towards Christmas but we had our first peak around Black Friday, which has migrated to Canada. Now we’re getting into our second peak then we’re going to peak again for Boxing Day sales,” Knapik said.