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Ontario to host world’s largest rubber duck

the world's biggest rubber duck in Sydney

Rubber ducky, you’re the one, you make the Georgian Bay so much fun!

Yes, the world’s largest rubber duck will be showing up in Ontario this July as part of the Ontario 150 tour, a travelling celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, and it will make the Great Lakes feel no bigger than a tub.

The duck is actually a sculpture created by the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, and at 61 feet tall and 30,000 pounds, its appearance is no small matter. It has been touring the world since 2007, transforming the world’s harbours into fun spaces that evoke the simple pleasures of tub time. Hofman is known for his playful installation art, which tends to replicate small objects on a huge scale, often to humorous effect. His other pieces include a giant hippo that “swam” down the River Thames and a yellow bunny the size of a building in Sweden.

The Ontario 150 will also include plenty of other attractions, including dance shows, music performances, and a lumberjack show (we’re not sure what exactly that involves, but we’re excited to find out). All of these—and the duck—will be appearing at waterfront festivals in Brockville, Amherstburg, Midland, Sault Ste. Marie, Owen Sound, and Toronto.

This will be the duck’s first trip to Ontario.