Canada is known for its giant roadside attractions. From the enormous Van Gogh painting in Altona, Manitoba to the big nickel in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada’s roadside is lined with large attractions that you will definitely find amazing. Check out the following Canadian attractions.
1. Giant Lobster
Where can you find the largest lobster in the world? It’s in Shediac, New Brunswick, dubbed as “The Lobster Capital of the World”. The monument is 11 meters long and 5 meters high and weighs 90 tonnes when the weight of lobster and the platform it’s sitting on is combined. The lobster weighs 55 tonnes and the platform weighs 35 tonnes. You can take the stairs to climb up the monument and have your photos taken.
2. Largest Easter Egg in the World
The largest Easter egg (Pysanka) in the world can be found in Vegreville, Alberta. Built in 1975 to celebrate the Ukrainian heritage of the city and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s 100th anniversary, the giant Easter egg weighs 907 kg.
25.7 feet long, 18 feet wide, 31 feet high
2,000-pound aluminum skin
2,206 equilateral triangles
6,978 nuts and bolts
177 internal turnbuckle struts
Weighs 3,000 pounds with a 27,000 pound base of concrete and steel
3. Largest Dinosaur
Aside from its rich deposits of fossil Drumheller, Alberta is also home to many dinosaur statues. The biggest one among them is an enormous Tyrannosaurus Rex, a 25-metre high statue that’s made of fiberglass and steel. This giant statue is double the size of the biggest known Tyrannosaurus Rex that reached up to about 13 meters.
4. Mac the Moose
Mac the Moose is the largest moose in the world. The almost 10-metre high statue is located in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. It’s made of concrete and steel weighing 9,000 kg. The statue proudly guards the Moose Jaw Visitor Centre.
5. The Big Nickel
The Big Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario stands at 9 meters and weighs almost 13,000 kg. Built in 1964, the 1951 Canadian nickel replica is almost 64,607,747 times the size of a genuine nickel. If you want to see this twelve-sided monument, visit the Dynamic Earth science center and get your photos taken.
6. Giant Vincent Van Gogh
Altona, Manitoba is The Sunflower Capital of Canada. It’s also home to the giant replica of Vincent van Gogh’s painting, Sunflowers. The 23-metre tall reproduction of the painting was created by Cameron Cross, a visual artist. The enormous painting sits on a giant easel.