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Moving Moose Jaw's Mac the Moose

A giant hockey stick. A big nickel. An historic covered bridge. A history-changing oil well. People pass by these attractions all the time on their travels throughout Canada. Sometimes, tourists trek for days to just to catch a glimpse. Some attractions are monumental, others merely quirky. They are all the stuff of local legend. CBC Digital Archives goes province to province to admire the big things in our big country.

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Could you move a moose? How about a massive moose - 10 metres high, weighing 10 tons and in fragile condition? That's the challenge facing Wayne Gamble of Tourism Moose Jaw. The city's famed statue, Mac the Moose, who is due for relocation. "We can't do it on a windy day because he's so top heavy and has a huge set of antlers up there that act like a wind foil," Gamble tells Canada Now in this 2004 report. "So if there's any wind at all, he's likely to blow over, and then I guess we'd have the biggest roadkill in Canada."
• Mac was moved successfully in the late fall of 2004, shortly after this report was broadcast. Power lines were temporarily removed to make way for him and the one-kilometre truck haul took an hour. His new home is beside the Moose Jaw Visitor Information Centre.
  • Mac's body is constructed from a heavy metal pipe framework. Thinner pipes and metal strips prop up the frame and the body is covered with metal mesh. The base that holds him is covered with three coats of cement.

• Mac was completed in May 1984. He is named after the late Alderman Les McKenzie, a well-known citizen of Moose Jaw.

• This TV report names three other prominent roadside attractions: the Mountie in Redvers, Sask., the Buck in Biggar, Sask. and the Golf Ball in Gilbert Plains, Man.

Prominent Saskatchewan roadside attractions also include:

• Combine in the Sky in Allan
• Ox and Cart in Aylesbury
• Piping Plover in Chaplin
• World's Largest Tomahawk in Cut Knife
• The Coffee Cup and Pot in Davidson
• Railway Section Men in Watrous
• Wheat Sculptures in Weyburn

Medium: Television
Program: Canada Now
Broadcast Date: Nov. 23, 2004
Guest(s): Wayne Gamble
Reporter: Dean Gutheil
Duration: 1:51

Last updated: February 13, 2012

Page consulted on October 3, 2014

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