Photo: Algoma Country
5. World’s Largest Canada Goose, Wawa, Ont.
True or false: the Canada Goose is an official symbol of Canada. Surprise – the answer is false! Our country’s most famous waterfowl isn’t a certified emblem of Canada. While the beaver and maple tree enjoy such cultural status, the iconic Canada Goose does not. Despite it’s lack of an official honour, the Canada Goose is lovingly feted in Wawa, Ontario. The world’s largest Canada Goose first came to nest here beside the Trans-Canada Highway in 1960. Rather fittingly, Wawa means “Wild Goose” or “Land of the Big Goose” in Ojibway. Visitors flocking to see Wawa’s much photographed big bird will find her standing guard outside the township’s Tourist Information Centre.
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6. Giant Beaver, Beaverlodge, Alta.
Canada and the humble beaver have a long, illustrious relationship. The trade of beaver pelts put Canada on the explorer’s map in the 1600s. Since that time, the beaver has been featured on stamps, coins and the shield of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Granted status in 1975 as an official emblem of Canada, it’s hardly surprising that a giant beaver statue gazes over one of the country’s most charming communities. In July 2004, the northwestern Alberta town of Beaverlodge unveiled a 3-metre high beaver to mark its 75th anniversary. A favourite of tourists, the giant beaver is a bona fide Canadian icon.
7. World’s Largest Axe, Nackawic, N.B.
Imagine the lumberjack who misplaced this axe! Wedged in the earth of the riverside town of Nackawic, the world’s largest axe is an imposing symbol of New Brunswick’s forest industry. Chosen as the Forestry Capital of Canada in 1991, Nackawic’s gargantuan woodchopper powerfully drives this point home. Rising 15 metres above the shores of the Saint John River, the world’s largest axe is one of Canada’s most unique large-scale tourist attractions.