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From Colborne, Ontario’s giant apple to Shediac, New Brunswick’s gigantic lobster...  Check out 8 of the biggest reasons your family should pull over on your next cross-country road trip.

World’s largest dinosaur

world's biggest dinosaur monument
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Among the numerous dinosaur statues around Drumheller, Alberta, is a gigantic 25 metre tall Tyrannosaurus Rex (T. rex) that looms above the rest. The "World's Largest Dinosaur" is built of steel and fiberglass. It’s important to remember that this statue is actually double the size of the largest known T. rex, which reached up to almost 13 metres. It’s appropriate to see this large statue in Drumheller. This town in the Badlands of east-central Alberta is famous for its rich fossil deposits and is also home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

World’s largest Easter egg

World's largest easter egg monument
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Canada is known all over the world for its multiculturalism. Vegreville, Alberta is home to a large population of Ukrainian Canadians and a giant “pysanka” (say “pyh-sahn-kuh”), which is Ukrainian for "Easter egg", that weighs 907 kg.  That’s the same as the weight of 15,912 real eggs! This giant egg was built in 1974 to honour of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and to celebrate the city’s Ukrainian heritage.

World’s largest moose

World's largest moose monument
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Standing tall and proud at just shy of 10 metres, Mac the Moose is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Built in 1984, Mac is a moose of steel and concrete weighing 9,000 kg - that’s like the weight of 23 real moose combined! In 2004, Mac was moved 2 km to stand guard outside the Moose Jaw Visitor Centre.

Giant van Gogh

Altona, Manitoba, known as the Sunflower Capital of Canada, commemorated their unique distinction by commissioning a giant reproduction of Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Visual artist Cameron Cross created this 23 metre tall replica of the painting sitting on its giant easel.

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The Big Nickel

The Big Nickel coin monument
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At 9 metres tall, Sudbury, Ontario’s replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel weighs close to 13,000 kg - almost the same as two bottlenose whales - and is about 64,607,747 times the size of a real nickel! Built in 1964, the twelve-sided monument is located at the Dynamic Earth science centre, on a small hill overlooking the town.

The other big apple

The Big Apple of Colborne Ontario
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Step aside New York City, because Colborne, Ontario hosts the real Big Apple. It’s a giant red apple just shy of 11 metres, leading weary travelers to a restaurant and bakery at the base of the giant fruit where you can get homemade pies and bread made out of… you guessed it… apples! And if you want to check out the scenery just climb up to the apple observation deck.

Terry Fox monument

Terry Fox monument
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You’re probably familiar with the story of Terry Fox and his amazing one-legged Marathon of Hope across Canada. Every year, millions of people of all ages in more than 60 countries run in his memory to raise money for cancer research. To mark the spot where Terry finished his journey in Thunder Bay, Ontario, they erected a 3 metre tall bronze statue set on a 45 ton granite and amethyst base. An inscription on the monument reminds us how Terry "inspired an entire generation of Canadians with his determination and devotion."

World’s largest lobster

If you like lobster (and who doesn’t), you’ll find the biggest one over in “The Lobster Capital of the World” - otherwise known as Shediac, New Brunswick. At 5 metres high and 11 metres long, this awesome monument weighs in at 90 tonnes when you combine the lobster (55 tonnes) and the pedestal it sits on (35 tonnes). That’s like the same weight as 5,305 of the world’s biggest lobsters (17 kg each) combined. Now, that’s a nice seafood dinner! The monument attracts 500,000 visitors per year and there are stairs you can climb up the monument to have pictures taken.