Apparently we Canucks have a slight obsessions with roadside stops that are not only kitschy but over-sized too. Here are the top 10 Canadian roadside attractions that are worthy of checking out (even if it’s only for a few minutes).
The Big Apple, Ontario
If you’re driving on the 401 and hit the town of Colborne then you don’t wanna miss The Big Apple. Have a bite at their traditional restaurant, peruse their huge gift shop (who knew there were so many apple-themed souvenirs!) and don’t forget to buy a few pies to take with you (grab some forks too – you won’t resist the aroma in the car).
Largest Coke Can, Manitoba
A sight to be seen in the daytime as well as at night (it’s lit up by quite the display), the largest Coke can in Manitoba is, well, a giant Coke can. Let’s just say it makes for a fun photo pit stop when driving through the endless flatlands of the province.
The Big Hockey Stick and Puck, British Columbia
The town of Duncan is known for one main thing – the ginormous hockey stick and puck that sits perched in the sky. The stick is an incredible 205 feet and weighs in at 31 tons.
The Gibeau Orange Julep restaurant, Quebec
Ontario may have a giant apple but Montreal has a humongous orange. Infamously known for its icy orange drink and greasy-spoon fare like hamburgers, it’s been a landmark since 1932.
Ukranian Vegreville Egg, Alberta
At more than 25 feet wide, 18 feet tall and weighing in at 5000 pounds, the largest Easter egg in the world was constructed in 1975 to commemorate early Ukrainian settlements in the area east of Edmonton.
Canada’s first oil well, Ontario
Oil was struck back in 1858 near Black Creek, and a short time later the country’s first oil well was constructed in what is now Lambton County.
Mile 0, British Columbia
Situated along the waterfront in beautiful Victoria, BC is Mile 0 at Dallas Road and Douglas Street – it marks the start of the longest national highway in the world.
Largest curling rock, Manitoba
If King Kong was a curler he would have used this rock… in honour of one of the country’s favourite pastimes, this colossal curling stone in Arborg is also located near Grindstone Provincial Park.
Giant moose, Saskatchewan
In keeping with our Canadian roadside attractions that seem to be supersized is this Canadian giant – a massive moose in (where else) Moosejaw, Saskatchewan. “Mac” is 34 feet tall and was built in 1984.
The Wawa Goose, Ontario
Touted as the most photographed landmark in North America, nothing is more Canadian than a Wawa Goose roadside attraction. Standing poised over the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 101, the name “Wawa” means “wild goose or land of the big goose” in Ojibway, making it the perfect mascot to welcome visitors at the entrance of town.