Another Roadside Attraction

Visit Alberta’s Big Things

Here is a partial list of Big Things you might encounter on the roads in Alberta, and the towns and communities in which they tower.

Animated Bear – Innisfail
Badminton Racket – St. Albert
Baseball Bat – Edmonton
Baseball Glove – Heisler
Bear – Jasper
Bear vs. Swan – Swan Hills
Beaver – Beaverlodge
Bee – Falher
Big Head – Canmore
Big Horn Ram – Grande Cache
Bison – Wainwright
Black Diamond – Black Diamond
Blue Heron – Barrhead
Brown Eyed Susan flower – Hughenden
Bucking Saddle Bronc – Ponoka
Cowboy & Rooster – Airdrie
Tinman, Blue Heron – Barrhead
Grizzly Bear, Angus Shaw – Bonnyville
Metal Buffalo, King Kong – Calgary
Grizzly Bear, The Big Head – Canmore
Kinosoo Totem Poles – Cold Lake
Cowboy – Cochrane
World’s Largest Western Boot, Dove of Peace – Edmonton
World’s Largest Badminton Racket – St. Albert
UFO Data Centre and Landing Pad – St. Paul
Dingman #1 Oil Derrick – Turner Valley
World’s largest Tractor Weathervane – Westlock
Wood Bison Gateway – Not specified in the sources
World’s Largest Mushrooms – Vilna
Smoky Lake Pumpkin Park – Smoky Lake
Peter Fidler Statue – Elk Point
World’s Largest Mallard Duck – Andrew
World’s Largest Ukrainian Sausage – Mundare
World’s Largest Pyrogy – Glendon
Angus Shaw Statue – Bonnyville

Cost: It’s free to visit the Big Things.

Best Time to Go: Summer, when the road tripping is good.

Official Site: Wikipedia has a complete list of the Giants of the Prairies.

Getting There: By road, obviously.

Notes from Robin: When I was ticking off The Great Australian Bucket List, I discovered they also have a hankering for Big Things Down Under. Big lobsters, big bananas, you name it. Economic benefits are a primary motivator for small towns to adopt, build or maintain a Big Thing. The objects or sculptures serve as unique landmarks, offering a distinctive form of branding and identity to the town, capturing the imagination and attention of visitors who are usually just passing through. Hopefully they’ll pull into town, eat in a local restaurant, and use local services. There’s a lot of pride in a Big Thing, especially in Alberta. If anyone manages to tick them all off, get in touch and share the accomplishment!

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