Canada’s Top 10 Random and Unusual Attractions
But what about awesome attractions in our native Canada? We always think so broad and seem to forget what the greatest country on earth has to offer.
I would love to get an RV and drive around Canada to point of interests, landmarks and to these following ten places:
Live Long and Prosper!! The Vulcan Trek Station is located about an hour South of Calgary. It is very unlikely that people driving through could miss the Starship Enterprise.
A model was built after the original USS enterprise, all you “Trekkies” out there will be happy to know (if you didn’t already) that every June there will be VulCon, a community-wide three-day Star Trek convention featuring Klingon karaoke, a Star Trek fashion show and an Intergalactic Fan Fiction Exhibition.
2. Worlds Largest UFO Landing Pad
St. Paul, Alberta
ET Phone Hooooome! PEW!PEW! Ok that is more of a laser noise but Aliens and laser seem to go hand in hand for me.
In an effort to boost tourism, St. Paul Alberta decided to build a UFO landing pad, which is currently the world’s largest. Located at the main entrance to the town’s recreational grounds, the centre built an adjoining UFO interpretive display, one of only two that exists in North America.
The centre also started a UFO hot-line number that is used regularly for UFO sightings, unexplained phenomena and other irregular happenings. The 130 ton landing pad has a map of Canada embossed in the backstop, built from stones from each province.
The construction of the landing pad was spearheaded by this small prairie town’s Centennial Committee and became one of a hundred Centennial project ideas that took off.
3. World’s Largest Dinosaur (Royal Tyrell Museum)
Rooooooaaaar! So outer space, Trekkies and UFO’s dont interest you? Well how about the Dinosaur Museum!
If you grew up in Alberta, chances are good that you’ve been here. A fun place for the whole family. Close to the museum is the largest T-Rex on Earth! (Don’t worry Drumheller isn’t a secret Jurrasic Park). T
he magnificent beast is about 86 ft high, and for a few dollars you can take your try at climbing him!
4. World’s Largest Hockey Puck and Stick
Duncan, British Columbia
Insert: “HNIC theme song” here! Well I’m sure none of you find this surprising! When on the island next make sure to stop by Duncan to visit the largest hockey stick and puck in the world!
5. The Big Easel
Acrylic Enalmel and Plywood O MY! The 80 ft easel and hand-painted (yes that’s right, hand painted!) reproduction dwarfs the original seven Vincent Van Gogh sunflower paintings. the first big easel wand painting was erected in Altona in 1998 and is part of the international Van Gogh project, which will eventually comprise seven hand-painted reproductions of Van Gogh’s sunflowers in seven countries.
Altona’s big easel took 2.5 years to complete, using 10 layers of acrylic enamel and 24 sheets of plywood! The big easel has become an internationally recognized symbol of art. Canadian artist Cameron Cross is responsible for the current painting in Altona, the sunflower capital of Canada.
6. Ice Hotel Quebec
Pffffft, and Who Said Winter is Boring? Admit it we have all said it at least once! More than an unusual sight, the Ice Hotel is an architectural winter marvel.
Open to the public from January to the first week of April, this 2,700 sq m (30,000 sq ft) hotel is both a public attraction as well as a place to stay overnight, if the visitor doesn’t mind being surrounded by tons of ice and snow.
Four-inch thick walls encircle the 36 regular and themed-room suites bringing the internal temperature in the hotel to between -2°C to -5°C (28°F to 23°F). An ice cafe and bar and a sauna will help warm the body as will the cozy bedding that is placed on the hotel beds.
Daily public tours are available to those who prefer to not stay in this unique hotel.
7. The Bottle Houses
Prince Edward Island
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? Édouard T. Arsenault collected and cleaned 25,000 recycled bottles to create this amazing architectural attraction.
Since 1981, visitors have been drawn to the glass buildings and the magnificent glass-themed gardens that Edóuard built at the age of 66, shortly after his retirement.
8. Pysanka- World’s Largest Easter Egg
Where’s the Easter Bunny? The creation of the Pysanka, meaning Easter egg in Ukrainian, is a symbol of Ukrainian culture and brought about the first-ever computer modeling of an egg.
The egg is made up of 524 star patterns, 2,208 equilateral triangles, 3,512 visible facets and almost 7,000 nuts and bolts.
The gold and silver stars symbolize life and good fortune, trinity and eternity while the windmills represent a rich harvest.
The silver wolf’s tooth, the most prominent symbol, represents protection and security provided by the R.C.M.P
9. The World’s Largest Pyrogy
Whose Hungry? You’re probably wondering what a Pyrogy is, another way to spell it is, Perogy!
Glendon showcases its Ukrainian culture in a big way. Known as one of the “giants of the prairies” this massive pyrogy on a massive fork, is a sight that may tempt the taste buds.
Luckily there is a Pyrogy Park Cafe right next door so stop in and enjoy some fresh perogies!
10. Canada’s Largest Coffee Pot
Java Fiends this is for You! Davidson is home to a 150,000 cup coffee pot. The small town is known as a stopping place for those driving in Saskatchewan, along the province’s busiest highway. Currently, the Town of Davidson has the bragging rights to the largest coffee pot and cup in the world!
Have you been to any of these attractions? Leave a comment and let us know how it was!!!