Who doesn’t love a humongous statue of a popular Canadian object? Here’s picture proof that Canada has a bizarre-yet-endearing fascination with these photo op-worthy landmarks, and this isn’t even all of them. There were so many to choose from that we had to narrow it down to our favourites.
Towering more than 80-feet high in the heart of the Canadian Badlands, this T-Rex is four-and-a-half times bigger than the actual size of a T-Rex. For $3, you can climb up it for a view of the Dinosaur Capital of the World from its mouth.
This one is definitely worth a detour to see. Standing 32-feet tall, Mac the Moose is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway at the northern edge of the city of Moose Jaw.
If you’re passing through Highway 43, this giant beaver on a log is a quintessential Canadian sight. Hefty fact: both beaver and log weigh 1,500 pounds each.
Recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest hockey stick in the world, the 62.48-metre long tribute to our favourite national pastime was commissioned for the Canadian Pavilion at Expo ‘86 in Vancouver. Now it’s been moved to the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan on Vancouver Island.
The world’s largest fly rod can be found in Houston, B.C.’s Steelhead Park. It was built in 1990 as a community effort to draw attention to one of the best fishing spots in B.C.
Paying tribute to the “Blizzard Capital of Saskatchewan,” this 18-foot-tall fiberglass snowman is the ultimate Canadian, sporting a hockey stick with a Canadian flag flying behind it.
A big boulder painted with a smiling face welcomes you as you drive along the northeast side of Highway 16. This is the Happy Rock of Gladstone, a cheery hunk of stone sporting a top hat, a serving towel on its left arm, and a friendly wave with its right.
About 70 kilometres north of Winnipeg, this statue of a mosquito doubles as a weather vane that revolves on its base. Komarno is considered the mosquito capital of Canada, and is aptly named, as “komarno” is Ukrainian for mosquito.
The world’s largest lumberjack can be found outside of Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum in the Haliburton Highlands. Sawyer is 14-feet-high and sawing away at a giant log, leaving room for you to hold the other end of the saw to make the perfect photo op.
Campbellford is the home of Brent Townsend, the man who designed the toonie. A 27-foot version of the coin can be found in Old Mill Park along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Even more interesting: inmates at the local penitentiary made the statue.
Continuing the coin theme, a 30-foot replica of the Canadian five-cent coin can be found outside Dynamic Earth, Sudbury’s science centre. In fact, the Big Nickel is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.
This big monument is one of the most photographed landmarks in North America. Located at the junction of Highways 17 and 101, the Wawa Goose has seen better days, and the town of Wawa (which means “wild goose” or “Land of the Big Goose” in Ojibway) is trying to raise money to replace the famous bird.
The world’s largest Muskoka chair sits at the south entrance to Gravenhurst beside the town’s gateway arch. The 21-foot-high chair, painted a bright yellow, replaced a previous chair that was destroyed in a 2009 tornado.
A 35-foot-long lobster and a life-sized fisherman greet you as you enter Shediac, the “Lobster Capital of the World.”
These 24-foot-high fiddleheads are the mascots for Plaster Rock’s annual Fiddlehead Festival, which is held on Canada Day at Plaster Rock Tourist Park near the Tobique River. Smaller, more edible versions of the greens are served at the fest.
Just off exit 6 of the Trans Canada Highway, a large, double-faced blueberry man can be found in Oxford, the “Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada.” Oxford claims to be the largest producer of wild blueberries in the world.
Outside of the Prince Edward Island Potato Museum in the town of O’Leary a 14-foot statue of a Russet Burbank potato can be found. Just imagine how many french fries it could make!
A life-sized replica of the Guinness World Records-approved world’s largest squid can be found at Glovers Harbour. The record-breaking sea animal, which was caught nearby in 1878, was 55 feet long.
A “bow” to Nova Scotia’s Celtic heritage, the world’s largest Ceilidh fiddle—at 60 feet high—can be found along Sydney’s waterfront.
This statue of a wooly mammoth stands by the Beringia Interpretive Centre on the Alaska Highway. It had a onesie stitched for it by Yarn Bomb Yukon, a knitting collective, but the pjs were stolen by thieves in 2013.