10 Canadian roadside attractions that claim to be the world’s biggest

From dinosaurs to ducks, these are just a few of the many small towns and cities in Canada that erected really big, really odd monuments to attract tourists.

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From dinosaurs to ducks, these are just a few of the many small towns and cities in Canada that erected really big, really odd monuments to attract tourists.

1. World’s largest dinosaur, T. Rex: Drumheller, Alta.

2. World’s largest lobster: Shediac, N.B.

3. World’s largest moose, “Mac”: Moose Jaw, Sask.

4. The Big Nickel: Sudbury, Ont.

5. World’s largest mallard duck: Andrew, Alta.

6. World’s largest perogy: Glendon, Alta.

7. World’s largest Adirondack chair: Varney, Ont.

8. The Big Apple: Colborne, Ont.

9. World’s largest Easter egg: Vegreville, Alta.

10. World’s largest fiddle: Sydney, N.S.

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10 Canadian roadside attractions that claim to be the world’s biggest

  1. Last summer, I drove from Ottawa to New Brunswick for the first time in more than 20 years — since NB built its new highway. Yes, the drive was safer and easier and I’m grateful for that. But the new highway no longer goes through the towns and cities that it used to, so we didn’t get to see the “world’s largest blueberry,” which was really just a big round of plywood painted blue. We also failed to see the “world’s largest baked potato in foil.” Disappointing, and how on earth are those towns going to survive without all the tourism and economic wealth that those roadside attractions brought in? A shame.

    • This baked potato in foil – what are we talking about – a large rock painted silver?

      • In my memory, it’s a large plywood oval painted silver. But I may be overinflating its awesomeness.p

  2. I would love to have been at the town hall meeting that approved the construction of a giant perogy. How do you even zone something like that?

    • I believe it is officially known as the world’s biggest perogie on a fork…did you ever see the Corner Gas episode when the town of Dog River decides to put up the “world’s biggest hoe” as a tourist attraction?

      • No, I missed that one. I presume comic shenanigans ensue?

        • Well, it was Corner Gas, so it was mildly funny. It did, however, encapsulate the futility of small towns trying to attract tourism. With big representative thingees.

  3. This Albertan has seen a few of those and love it!

  4. No Pictures??

  5. What happened to Dog Rivers “Big Dirty Hoe”?? lol yes I know ,.. only fictional, but it should be made!!

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