Canada Big Attractions: World’s Biggest Hoe + 10 other big ‘uns
Canada Big Attractions
1. Big Nickel, Sudbury, Ont.
Hey, big spender! Hopefully you have deep pockets because the Big Nickel in Greater Sudbury is the world’s largest coin. Built in 1964 by Ted Szliva, this 5-cent coin celebrates the region’s status as a world leader in the mining industry. Weighing in at almost 12,000 kilograms, the Big Nickel is 64 million times larger than the humble Canadian coin that inspired it. Visitors can marvel at the world’s largest piece of spare change year round at Science North’s Dynamic Earth attraction.
2. World’s Largest Dinosaur, Drumheller, Alta.
Drumheller is world famous for its rich deposits of dinosaur bones and fossils. Stood in the heart of Alberta’s Badlands, the town bills itself as the dinosaur capital of the world. To celebrate its prehistoric notoriety, Drumheller has welcomed the world’s largest dinosaur into its midst. Not content to be the same height as a real Tyrannosaurus Rex, Drumheller’s starlet is four and a half times the size of the real deal. For $3, visitors can climb high into her mouth for an unparalleled view of the Badlands.
3. World’s Largest Hockey Stick, Duncan, B.C.
A slap shot sent flying from this hockey stick would be a goalie’s worst nightmare. Inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, the city of Duncan nets a winner with this monstrous hockey stick. Crafted from rugged Douglas Fir and reinforced with steel, this game-changer has a reach of 62 metres and tips the scales at 28,000 kilograms. Originally created for Vancouver’s Expo ’86 celebrations, the world’s largest hockey stick (and puck) now resides outside the Island Savings Centre – a rink that locals now affectionately call ‘The Stick.’ You can’t get more Canadian than that.
4. The Big Apple, Colborne, Ont.
Sorry, New York City, but it looks like you have some fruity competition. Colborne, Ontario’s Big Apple is said to be the world’s largest apple-shaped structure. It’s so huge that this red beauty could hold 653,800 real apples. Opened in 1987, the Big Apple attracts fruit lovers from around the globe. Visitors are encouraged to scramble to the top of the core – 10 metres up – to take in sweeping panoramic views. Hungry after your climb? The Big Apple sells a tasty menu of its famed homemade apple pies, breads, cookies, muffins as well as candy apples. Be sure to bring a huge appetite. The Big Apple’s oven can bake 450 pies at a time!
5. World’s Largest Canada Goose, Wawa, Ont.
True or false: the Canada Goose is an official symbol of Canada. Surprise – the answer is false! Our country’s most famous waterfowl isn’t a certified emblem of Canada. While the beaver and maple tree enjoy such cultural status, the iconic Canada Goose does not. Despite it’s lack of an official honour, the Canada Goose is lovingly feted in Wawa, Ontario. The world’s largest Canada Goose first came to nest here beside the Trans-Canada Highway in 1960. Rather fittingly, Wawa means “Wild Goose” or “Land of the Big Goose” in Ojibway. Visitors flocking to see Wawa’s much photographed big bird will find her standing guard outside the township’s Tourist Information Centre.
6. Giant Beaver, Beaverlodge, Alta.
Canada and the humble beaver have a long, illustrious relationship. The trade of beaver pelts put Canada on the explorer’s map in the 1600s. Since that time, the beaver has been featured on stamps, coins and the shield of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Granted status in 1975 as an official emblem of Canada, it’s hardly surprising that a giant beaver statue gazes over one of the country’s most charming communities. In July 2004, the northwestern Alberta town of Beaverlodge unveiled a 3-metre high beaver to mark its 75th anniversary. A favourite of tourists, the giant beaver is a bona fide Canadian icon.
7. World’s Largest Axe, Nackawic, N.B.
Imagine the lumberjack who misplaced this axe! Wedged in the earth of the riverside town of Nackawic, the world’s largest axe is an imposing symbol of New Brunswick’s forest industry. Chosen as the Forestry Capital of Canada in 1991, Nackawic’s gargantuan woodchopper powerfully drives this point home. Rising 15 metres above the shores of the Saint John River, the world’s largest axe is one of Canada’s most unique large-scale tourist attractions.
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8. Giant Moose, Moose Jaw, Sask.
Mac the Moose takes his job as Moose Jaw’s most famous tourism ambassador seriously. Standing watch since 1984, Mac is 10 metres tall and weighs in at a whopping 9,000 kilograms. Visitors searching for the city’s tourism HQ just have to keep their eyes peeled for big Mac. He’s the large friendly fella hanging out nearby. Moose Jaw is renowned for its generous hospitality and intriguing galleries, museums and attractions. Let Mac the Moose lead your way to everything Moose Jaw has to offer.
9. World’s Largest Fiddle
Many Canadians enjoy music, but Nova Scotia folk go to extremes when it comes to their favourite ear candy. On the forecourt of the Sydney Marine Terminal overlooking the harbour stands the world’s largest fiddle. Traditional Celtic fiddle music is in the blood of Cape Bretoners. During the 18th century, thousands of Scottish immigrants escaped the turmoil of the Highland Clearances and traveled to Nova Scotia for a more peaceful existence. Packed for the journey – their love of traditional fiddle music. Today, Nova Scotia’s Celtic musical roots are deeply entrenched in its culture and as a result, music is one of the province’s biggest exports. Nova Scotia musicians Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster and the Rankin Family have taken their brand of Celtic music around the globe to international acclaim.
10. Manitoba’s Humongous Easel, Altona, Man.
Did you know that famed artist Vincent van Gogh has a unique connection to Manitoba? Reaching for the clouds high above Altona’s Millenium Park is one of the world’s largest tributes to the Dutch painter. Leaning atop one of the world’s largest easels is a 23 metre high reproduction of a van Gogh sunflower painting. Local artist Cameron Cross lovingly created this uncanny copy of the floral masterpiece in 1998. The ambitious project took two and a half years, 17 gallons of paint and 24 sheets of plywood to complete. Why Altona? The town is renowned as the sunflower capital of Canada.
Last, but not the least – an episode of Corner Gas. The fictional town of Dog River, SK installs the “World’s Biggest Hoe” See 11.58