8 Quirky Things to See in Canada
In the winter months, it’s likely that most people traveling to Canada have one thing on their mind; powdery white snow and the chance to cut loose on the ski slopes. Add a mug of hot coco and a big plate of poutine – does it get any better?
Well I think so. Canada may have world-class winter sports on offer, and of course some extremely beautiful landscapes to awe at, but you just can’t book a flight to Canada without planning to take in its best and quirkiest roadside attractions.
World’s Biggest Champagne Bottle
Strictly for fans of the bubbly stuff, the world’s largest champagne bottle and glass sits perched on the banks of Okanagan Lake. The perfect place for a photo-op, and definitely one for wine lovers, as the champagne bottle belongs to the Summerhill Pyramid Winery, which specialises in European style sparklers and dessert wines.
If you have an old grain silo around, there are plenty of uses for them. Some local artists and sound engineers decided to transform Silo 5 in Montreal’s port into a giant acoustic chamber.
Essentially it is now a massive musical instrument. There are a few different ways to make sound with the silophone; the most popular being a stone structure on the river-walk that says ‘silophone’ on it.
Moose on a Roof
When you were preparing to travel to Canada, you were probably expecting to see some moose. But you likely weren’t expecting to see them on top of any buildings? Don’t be surprised, they’re everywhere!
Well, actually these days there are less of them in the city, which makes finding one all the more exciting.
Glass Bottle Houses
They say that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, so when Édouard T. Arsenault received a postcard from his daughter showing a glass castle she’d seen on Vancouver Island, he decided to bite his tongue and build his own palace; out of recycled bottles. Although Arsenault has passed away, his beautiful bottle houses can still be seen on Prince Edward Island.
The World’s Largest Beaver
We’re going to avoid the obvious ‘your mom’ jokes. If you’ve ever wondered where to find the world’s largest beaver, wonder no more; the dubious honour belongs to the Alberta town of Beaverlodge, where the world’s largest beaver sculpture resides. You can see the sculpture from Highway 43, so Beaverlodge is hard to miss.
Gravity hills can be found all over the world and are considered pretty kitsch nowadays. But if it’s wrong to think it’s worth the $3 toll to drive along the road, put your car into neutral, and watch it rolling uphill, then I don’t want to be right. It’s like magic! (I don’t want to hear the scientific explanation).
You can find the Gravity Hill in New Brunswick, near the town of Mocton.
World’s Largest Perogy
Like a beacon to the hungry, the World’s Largest Perogy stands proud in the Alberta town of Glendon. Although it’s not edible, don’t despair, there is a restaurant right next to it called the Perogy Café, serving Ukrainian pyrogies and Chinese dumplings. The perfect road trip pit stop.
You may have noticed if you’re driving around Western Canada that there are a lot of ‘World’s Largest…’ sculptures. Collectively these are known in popular culture as The Giants of the Prairies and can usually found in small towns of Ukrainian descent. Searching for the giants can become an interesting road trip in itself.
Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station
The perfect photo-op for dedicated Trekkies; Vulcan, Alberta is Canada’s unofficial home of Star Trek. There are plenty of Star Trek themed activities in the town, which coincidentally shares its name with Mr Spock’s home planet. Stepping on board the ‘Trek Station’ you can even dress up like Star Trek characters and pose with cardboard cut-outs of cast members.
Author Bio: James writes for Skyscanner.net, a flight comparison company based in Scotland. Working in the travel industry and travelling whenever he can, James has developed an unusual love for quirky, roadside attractions. For more information about Skyscanner, follow Skyscanner on Twitter or check out our the Skyscanner flight search app for Facebook.
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