After 18 years, holiday package returned to sender

A parcel mailed in December 2001 from Vancouver to an address in Oakville has arrived at its destination after nearly two decades in transit.

Oakville resident Khalid Nasir told CTV News Toronto he recently received the parcel, which is addressed to someone at his address and includes a Dec. 19, 2001-dated postmark.

Covered in holiday wrapping paper, the parcel is believed to be a long-lost Christmas present; however, neither he nor postal officials are entirely sure how the potential gift made its 18-year journey.

“I would never open it because it is not my property,” Nasir told CTV News. “I am a very civic-minded individual. I just want it to end up in the hands of who it was really destined for.”

A Canada Post official told CTV News the parcel might have been found when the Crown corporation moved from an older depot to a new facility in Burlington, Ont., this September.

Postal officials are now retrieving the parcel to return it to the original sender.

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