Photo: Elena Melentii
1. Big Nickel, Sudbury, Ont.
Hey, big spender! Hopefully you have deep pockets because the Big Nickel in Greater Sudbury is the world’s largest coin. Built in 1964 by Ted Szliva, this 5-cent coin celebrates the region’s status as a world leader in the mining industry. Weighing in at almost 12,000 kilograms, the Big Nickel is 64 million times larger than the humble Canadian coin that inspired it. Visitors can marvel at the world’s largest piece of spare change year round at Science North’s Dynamic Earth attraction.
2. World’s Largest Dinosaur, Drumheller, Alta.
Drumheller is world famous for its rich deposits of dinosaur bones and fossils. Stood in the heart of Alberta’s Badlands, the town bills itself as the dinosaur capital of the world. To celebrate its prehistoric notoriety, Drumheller has welcomed the world’s largest dinosaur into its midst. Not content to be the same height as a real Tyrannosaurus Rex, Drumheller’s starlet is four and a half times the size of the real deal. For $3, visitors can climb high into her mouth for an unparalleled view of the Badlands.
Photo: Tourism Cowichan/Island Savings Centre
3. World’s Largest Hockey Stick, Duncan, B.C.
A slap shot sent flying from this hockey stick would be a goalie’s worst nightmare. Inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, the city of Duncan nets a winner with this monstrous hockey stick. Crafted from rugged Douglas Fir and reinforced with steel, this game-changer has a reach of 62 metres and tips the scales at 28,000 kilograms. Originally created for Vancouver’s Expo ’86 celebrations, the world’s largest hockey stick (and puck) now resides outside the Island Savings Centre – a rink that locals now affectionately call ‘The Stick.’ You can’t get more Canadian than that.