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Top Ten Canadian Roadside Attractions

Mar 30, 2006  Canadian, frequent road tripper
3.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

The vast and varied terrain of Canada makes it the perfect country to travel by road trip, and along the way you can witness some of the oddest and most intriguing roadside sites in North America. Here is a list of some of my own favorites.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Whitehorse, Kelowna, St. Paul, Gimli, Saint Thomas, Shediac, O'Leary
  • Category: Best of
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. DC-3 Weather Vane, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
    Whitehorse, Yukon

    This former passenger airplane is now mounted for permanent display at the Whitehorse Airport, turning smoothly as the wind changes so that it points always into the wind. It is probably one of the largest and most unique weather vanes in existence.

  • 2. Ogopogo, Kelowna, British Columbia
    Kelowna, Okanagan Valley

    The Okanagan Valley’s legendary sea monster, the Ogopogo, is immortalized in Kelowna, British Columbia, looking somewhat less frightening than it seems in the imagination. Stop by and have a look at the Ogopogo sculpture and maybe take your chances spotting the real monster out on the lake!

  • 3. Alien Landing Pad, St. Paul, Alberta
    St. Paul, Alberta

    St. Paul’s slogan touts the town as “a people kind of place,” but its hospitality extends far beyond the human species. Boasting the world’s first alien landing pad, St. Paul invites visitors from all over the world, and beyond!

  • 4. Giant Bunnock, Macklin, Saskatchewan

    If you aren’t familiar with the Russian game of bunnock, this house-sized replica of a horse’s ankle bone may first bewilder and amuse you as you are driving along. The game, which involves the throwing of the ankle bones of horses with a particular order and precision, is featured in the World Bunnock Championships held in Macklin every year during the first weekend of August (a long weekend in Canada). Stop by and step inside the big bone where you will find souvenirs and tourist information.

  • 5. Giant Viking, Gimli, Manitoba
    Gimli, Manitoba

    This rather grim-faced Viking stands on guard over Gimli, Manitoba, a town just North of Winnipeg with a large population of Icelandic descendents. Standing approximately 15 feet high, against the backdrop of Lake Winnipeg, the imposing figure is a striking monument to Canada’s first European explorers.

  • 6. Jumbo the Elephant, St. Thomas, Ontario
    Saint Thomas, Ontario

    P.T. Barnum’s prize elephant, Jumbo, met with a tragic end in 1885 in this small Ontario town when, while crossing a railroad track, the elephant was broadsided by an oncoming train. The townspeople of St. Thomas have celebrated the memory of the pride of the Barnum Circus with a life sized statue of the felled giant.

  • 7. Giant Lobster, Shediac, New Brunswick
    Shediac, New Brunswick

    Declaring for itself the highly contested title of “Lobster Capital of Canada,” Shediac has erected one of the most frightening crustaceans on the East Coast of North America to defend its claim.

  • 8. Giant Potato and Museum, O’Leary, Prince Edward Island
    O'Leary, Prince Edward Island

    Renowned for its potatoes, Prince Edward Island is the perfect home for the country’s only Potato Museum, marked by what else but an impossibly large potato on its front lawn.

  • 9. Mastodon, Stewiacke, Nova Scotia

    Erected in 1995 to mark the discovery a few years earlier of the remains of a young male mastodon in a nearby gypsum quarry, this arresting structure was constructed according to skeletal structure, in consultation with archaeologists, to fit a 1” to 1’ scale.

  • 10. Giant Squid, Glover’s Harbour, Newfoundland

    The quiet outport village of Glover’s Harbour is the site of an 1878 stranding of a giant squid measuring 55 feet and weighing over two metric tons. Although the specimen was dead when it washed up on the Newfoundland shore, this rendering of the tentacled giant displays it in lifelike form, its tentacles splayed and unfurling in a frightening pose.