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Canada’s History shows you five of Canada’s greatest roadside attractions. 

Written by Dave Baxter

Posted July 13, 2020

Summer is the season for adventurous Canadians to jump in their vehicles and head out to see more of this vast nation we call home. Any good road trip should include a visit to some of the hundreds of roadside attractions that line Canada’s highways. From giant squids to roaring dinosaurs, here are five attractions to consider for your next journey. 

World’s Largest Dinosaur: Drumheller, Alberta

At twenty-six metres high, this titanic Tyrannosaurus rex looms large over the Alberta badlands. The massive beast also welcomes visitors to step into its giant mouth and gaze out over the sprawling Red Deer River valley.

World’s Largest Hockey Stick: Duncan, B.C.

It’s fitting that the world’s largest hockey stick can be found in Canada. The sixty-two-metre-long shinny twig and its companion puck call Vancouver Island home, sitting prominently in front of the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan, B.C.

Giant Mosquito: Komarno, Manitoba

It’s been said, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, that Manitoba has only two seasons — winter and mosquito season. This five-metre-tall bug in Komarno, Manitoba, pays a somewhat ironic tribute to the pest that has become part of so many Manitoba summer days and nights. 

Big Nickel: Sudbury, Ontario

This colossal coin shines nine metres high over the grounds of the Dynamic Earth science museum in Sudbury, Ontario. The stainless steel replica of a 1951 Canadian five-cent piece weighs more than thirteen thousand kilograms, which makes it approximately the same weight as an average school bus. 

Giant Squid: Glovers Harbour, N.L.

This statue is actually a life-sized replica of the largest squid on record, which was pulled ashore in Glovers Harbour in 1878. At sixteen metres long, the attraction shows visitors what it would be like to stand next to a real-life giant sea creature.

This article originally appeared in the August-September issue of Canada’s History.

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