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Alberta, Canada's Weirdest Roadside Attractions

Updated on May 23, 2011

Looking for something fun and adventurous to do this summer? Why not take a roadtrip across Canada?

When I first came to Canada, I fell in love with the flat prairie landscapes and Northern lights. Picture a landscape that's so flat and open - you can watch your dog run away for days.

Well, that's pretty much what the land looks like in rural Saskatchewan and Alberta. If you're fortunate enough to own a vehicle that can take you across the prairie landscape, you won't want to miss Canada's weirdest roadside attractions.

Vulcan, Alberta
Vulcan, Alberta

Vulcan, Alberta

Live long and prosper in Vulcan, Alberta.

With a population of under 2,000 people, Vulcan has become quite a popular tourist attraction. In fact, it has been dubbed "Canada's Quirkiest Town."

In addition to a Star Trek-themed tourist information center, attractions include "Spock's Bar," and the "Scrapbook Cafe," which only serves food and beverages with Star-Trek themed names.

Don't forget to check out the replica of the starship Enterprise from Star Treck V. If you're fluent in Klingon, you shouldn't have a problem reading the plaque.

Vulcan, Alberta

World's Largest Pyrogy

Glendon, Alberta

At 27 feet high, 12 feet wide, weighing 6,000 lbs, the World's Largest Pyrogy is located in Glendon, Alberta.

It certainly gives a new meaning to 'a big apeitite.'

Because it's considered one of the world's weirest roadside attractions, the World's Largest Pyrogy has been featured in newspapers and magazines across the world.

After you've worked up an apetite staring at that giant pyrogy, drop into the Glendon Pyrogy Motel for a bite to eat at their Bar & Grill.

Cut Knife, Saskatchewan

If you drive through Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, it's impossible to miss one of Canada's weirdest roadside attractions: the World's Largest Tomahawk.

Weighing in at 8 tons, the 39-foot sculpture was built in 1971 as a symbol "of peace and unity between the white people and the neighbouring Indian reserves."

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Meet 'Mac the Moose' of Moosejaw, Saskatchewan. Is he the weirdest roadside attraction in Canada? Probably not. But he definitely draws a lot of attention!

Mac stands 32 feet tall, weighs 10 tons, and greets the visitors of Moosejaw's information center. Mac just celebrated his fifteenth birthday. He was built in 1984.

Mac the Moose

Roadside Attractions in Alberta, Canada

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Looks great. And one day I hope to see it all in person.

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      HeSaid SheSaid 8 years ago from our favorite love seat

      Now this is fantastic! We've got to get to Canada. The two of us have been to Niagara Falls, and the town just past and above (can't remember the name off hand). That was lovely. Hank and I have a thing for Moose, so I'd be curious to see Mac the Moose. And yes, we're Trekkie fans. haha. Oh this was a joy. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      futonfraggle 8 years ago

      Thank you for the comments. Some of these roadside attractions are just amazing. They draw a lot of tourists and it really helps business in the small towns. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub :)

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      HeSaid SheSaid 8 years ago from our favorite love seat

      Oh my, Alberta is so far.  We thought of taking the train accross Canada.  We love a good moose.  I would love to visit vulcan, what a fun trip that would be.  Great hub.  We have always enjoyed roadside attractions.  There were a few teepees on old Rt. 66. Wonder if they are still there. 

      Thanks,

      Hank

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      futonfraggle 8 years ago

      I heard travelling by train across Canada is a wonderful experience. There's no shortage of moose here, especially during mating season. They're just so HUGE. I had no idea they were that big. Someday I plan on hitting good ole Rt. 66, just to say I've been there. If I ever get there, I'll make sure to look for those teepees :)

      Thanks for the kind words, Hank.

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      Great hub. thanks. It's such a pain in the arse to get in there anymore crossing the border. I will do it virtually

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      lxxy 8 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      I gotta head north sometime soon. =D Cool stuff!

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      futonfraggle 8 years ago

      Thank you for the comments. Crossing the border will be easier (I think) after June 1st. Everyone that crosses the border (by land)after June 1st must have a passport.

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      SemiBeliber  6 years ago

      Those are so cool! I love Mac the Moose! I MUST go see him!

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