Saskatchewan is known for its quirky statues but lately one of them has made international news.
If you haven't heard, Justin Reeves and Greg Moore of Justin and Greg reported that the people of Oslo, Norway have created a moose statue slightly taller than Saskatchewan's Mac the Moose. Moose Jaw's mayor said that if you mess with a moose, you'll "get the antlers", while the deputy mayor of Stor-Elvdal, Norway said they will do "whatever it takes" to keep their title. To reclaim their title, Moose Jaw is considering everything from putting stilettos on Mac's feet, to giving him a hat, to making his antlers slightly larger. Whatever it takes to outdo Norway's chrome monstrosity, Moose Jaw is willing to do it.
Constructed on Canada's centennial in 1967, this Mountie and Horse statue is in honour of North Battleford's pioneers and citizens. North Battleford was the original capital of the Northwest Territories, back before the prairie provinces were carved out of Western Canada, so the NWMP (now RCMP) were also once trained here.
Image credit: Google Street View.
2. Davidson's Coffeepot
24 feet, or 7.3 metres tall.
Do you ever feel like you need a coffee? Or a second cup of coffee? How about a third? How about 150,000? For chronic coffee drinkers, Davidson's 24-foot-high coffeepot would be their version of Valhalla… literally. It only takes 70 cups of coffee in a day to kill the average Canadian, so this coffeepot can kill you about 2,000 times over if you tried to drink it all. Maybe it's best if you shared with your friends.
First off, I want to apologize to my mother because this is the second time Canora has been listed in my blog while her neighbouring, rival town of Preeceville has never been listed. I promise I will write about it.
Now that my mom won't kill me, Canora's Ukrainian Girl was constructed in 1979 by Nicholas and Orest Lewchuk in honour of Canora's and Saskatchewan's 75th anniversary. The statue is a Ukrainian woman because of Saskatchewan's high Eastern-European population. She is holding a traditional bread and salt, a common Eastern European dish and is meant to be welcoming visitors into the city.
Just an inch taller than Canora's Lesia are the Daphne Tiremen. I don't know why these giant robots aren't more well-known in the province, but the Tiremen come in three sizes, 4.5-feet, 15-feet and 25-feet. Although they were built in 1966, I was not able to determine if these statues were still standing. BigThings.ca said these were in Watson, Saskatchewan, but RoadsideAttractions.ca said it was in Daphne. Either way, if Daphene doesn't have giant robots anymore, just roll down to Watson because they have a giant Santa Clause statue of about the same size.
I've never heard of a plant nursery, but in the early 20th Century these were very common throughout Saskatchewan. In 1934 Dr. A.J. Porter opened one such nursery called the Honeywood Heritage Nursery, with the purpose of showing people that anybody can grow plants. In honour of his nursery and efforts to teach others about plant breed, a "Flaming Red Giant" lily statue was constructed in 1990. In 2001 the Honeywood Heritage Nursery was granted municipal heritage status, and in 2007 it was granted provincial heritage status. Today over 30 kinds of lilies are grown at the nursery.
Bellevue is a Fransaskois (French Saskatchewan) hamlet that you have probably never heard of, but you probably have heard of their main export: peas! Although Bellevue has just over 100 residents, they have one of the largest green and yellow pea split operations in Canada. Their massive pea-plant statue was unveiled by the then Governor-General of Canada, his Excellency Roméo LeBlanc, on September 5th, 1995.
Image credit: Google Street View.
7. Macklin's Bunnock and Moose Jaw's Mac the Moose
32 feet, or 9.8 metres tall.
You probably expected Mac to be on this list all by himself, but he's tied in height with a statue of a bunnock – yes, a horse ankle bone. Bunnock has been a part of Macklin's life since it was established, but the popularity of the game was waning in the 1990s. To try and preserve their history, they started the World Bunnock Championship Tournament and it became a resounding success. In honour of it, in 1993, the created their giant bone statue – with doubles as an information booth.
Moose Jaw's Mac the Moose was built in 1984 with the goal of attracting visitors to the city. I don't know if that worked, but I know I like visiting Moose Jaw so maybe that's one of the reasons. If nothing else, Mac is a province-wide favourite.
Sceptre's a cool little town I had the pleasure of visiting a few summers back, but for some reason I was not aware it was home to a 33-foot-high stalk of wheat! Saskatchewan's known for our wheat, so the statue isn't overly surprising, but it still very impressive! The statue was created in 1990.
Note: It has come to my attention that Ituna has a new, 34-foot-high Oat sculpture. Sure didn't take long to find one that I missed. It would go here in the list. Thanks for the correction, Bev!
9. Cut Knife's Tomahawk and Teepee
39.4 feet, or 12 metres tall.
Created in 1971 in honour of the anniversary of the 1871 treaty signing, this massive statue embraces First Nations culture by showcasing their most iconic symbols: a tomahawk and a teepee. This statue is so large that the tomahawk handle is the trunk of a fir tree. If stood up, the tomahawk would be 54 feet high, beating out the next one on my list by a mile (or 11 feet, to be exact).
Sceptre, Saskatchewan claims their puny wheat statue is the world's biggest, but Rosthern's wheat statue towers over it by an astounding 10 feet! I was not able to discover when this statue was built, but it was built in honour of Rosthern-area farmer Seager Wheeler who won five world championships for his wheat.
Image credit: Google Street View.
10½. Lloydminster's Survey Markers
100 feet, or 30.48 metres tall.
Technically, Lloydminster's Survey Markers sit on the border of Saskatchewan and Alberta, but to ignore these towering red markers would be a disservice to the leading champion in large statues in Saskatchewan. For reference, these survey markers are larger than three Mac the Moose's. These border markers were created in 1994.
If you're visiting Alberta this summer, you probably have your heart set on visiting the mountains. After all, places like Lake Louise, Banff, Waterton and now Castle Provincial Park are some of the most beautiful sites in Canada, and they're always a hit on Instagram (if you're into that kind of thing). But, between Regina and the mountains is a whole province with plenty of sights to explore.
Last year I took more trips than I could count to southern Alberta, but most of them ended near Medicine Hat. Had I gone a bit further, I would have found myself in a myriad of attractions to see, from historical museums to sites of natural disasters and just about everything in-between.
For those looking to make a few stops on their way to the Rocky Mountains, or for those who are just looking for an Alberta road trip, here are six attractions you must visit while in southern Alberta.
A few articles ago I listed Ogema as one of the top destinations to visit in Saskatchewan. Immediately after I wrote the article, I put my money where my mouth was and booked a weekend trip to Ogema for my girlfriend and me. I figured it wouldn't be fair to my readers to recommend a place for them to visit without actually visiting it myself, and after getting my new Galaxy S7 from TELUS I figured I needed a reason to test it out.
Earlier this year I took my Galaxy S6 to La Ronge, and had very little coverage. I wanted to use Facebook's new Live Video option, but I couldn't get enough service to even send a text message. I was pretty disappointed by the coverage with that provider, so I was interested to see how TELUS' network was in Ogema.
The result was pretty darn good! We streamed Spotify all the way there, were able to do a Live Video from the Deep South Pioneer Museum and took some really great pictures and videos of the trip. It also helped to have a reliable network when I got lost driving there (don't ask me how!). TELUS has invested over $29 billion into their network since 2000 and it has really paid off. It's a great feeling knowing that no matter where you travel, you can rely on TELUS to keep you connected.
Canada's 150th birthday cannot be complete without visiting the country's capital city... but which one should you visit? While Ottawa is the current capital of Canada, there have been four other capital cities, and it has changed seven times. It started in Kingston (1841 – 1844) and then moved to Montréal (1844 – 1849), believing it to be safer from the Americans. After the citizens of Montréal burnt it down, it rotated between Toronto (1849 – 1852 and 1856 – 1858) and Québec City (1852 – 1856 and 1859 – 1866). Finally, it was placed right on the border between the two provinces in Ottawa (1866 to present day). This tour ventures into each of these five cities and explores what makes them so unique.
Since the capital flip-flopped location seven times, it would be much more convenient to go through the cities geographically then historically. If we started in the West, we would start in Toronto, Ontario, Canada's biggest city. While G Adventures only mentions the CN Tower and Kensington Market, there is much more to see in this city. You could visit the 18th century Casa Loma Castle, stroll through the artistic Graffiti Alley, visit Ripley's Aquatic Aquarium, or go drink and dine in the Distillery District. Looking for more outdoorsy stuff? Check out the Toronto Islands, the famous High Park or the Toronto Zoo. You can even take a boat out onto Lake Ontario and see the city's iconic skyline!