Welcome to the TravelPod forums
This is the place where TravelPod bloggers exchange travel tips with each other. Have a question? Ask one of our Local Experts by clicking "new topic" in any category.

Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Alberta Oddities, Wonderfully Weird Roadside Attractions
post Nov 22 2008, 01:48 AM
Post #1


Group: Members
Posts: 50
Joined: 18-March 07
From: Calgary, AB, Canada
Member No.: 44298

Alberta has its fair share of oddball tourist attractions conceived by chambers of commerce to lure visitors to their towns. Following are a few of the most amusing ones I’ve visitted or heard about. Do you know of others worth checking out?

Spaced Out

1) Starship Enterprise – Vulcan
Although the town was named for the Roman god of war and NOT the sci-fi series, they couldn’t resist capitalizing on their name by building a large replica of the Enterprise. You can also play virtual reality games or dress up Spock-style and have your photo snapped at the Vulcan trek station. 1.5 hours southeast of Calgary.

2) Alien Landing Pad – St. Paul
A UFO Landing Pad welcomes visitors “from earth or otherwise”, and the UFO interpretive centre has displays about unexplained phenomena and hoaxes. 2.5 hours east of Edmonton

3) World’s Largest Mushrooms – Vilna
Ok, so they’re not magic, but they ARE the largest funghi in the province. And who knew there was such a “tradition of mushroom hunting” in the area? 2.5 hours northeast of Edmonton (easy to visit on the same trip as St. Paul)

Ukrainian Adventures

1) World’s Largest Pyrogy - Glendon
At 25 feet tall and 6000 lbs, it’s a larger-than-life symbol of the heritage of most of the town’s residents. There’s not much else in town, but if you’re visiting Vilna (above), it’s only another hour east of there.

2) World’s Largest Easter Egg – Vegreville
Probably the most technically amazing item in this list, it’s actually a very beautiful site. It was designed by a computer science professor using cutting edge software, but it incorporates traditional Ukrainian designs and symbolism. 1 hour east of Edmonton

3) Giant Ukrainian Sausage – Mundare
Built in recognition of a local sausage factory famous for their Keilbassa. Just 15 mins northwest of Vegreville, 45 mins east of Edmonton.

Animal Attractions

1) Gopher Hole Museum – Torrington
If the museum full of hundreds of stuffed ground squirrels posed and dressed up as people isn’t enough, the town also boasts a giant gopher statue, and all of their fire hydrants are painted to resemble gophers. An hour and a bit north of Calgary.

2) Giant Canada Geese – Hanna
What better way to pay tribute to the popularity of bird hunting in the area than 3 huge “honkin’” sculptures of our national bird? 2.5 hours northeast of Calgary.

3) World’s Largest Bee – Falher
In homage to the town’s moniker as “honey capital of Canada”, they erected this insect statue that’s about as big as a compact car. Way north – 5 hours northwest of Edmonton, 1.5 hours northeast of Grand Prairie
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
post Nov 22 2008, 08:19 AM
Post #2


Group: TP Staff
Posts: 3580
Joined: 12-September 06
From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada.
Member No.: 17335

You seem to know a lot about Alberta...is that internet research or is it personal knowledge...considering the trip you are about to take!

Can't figure it out ...we can! Just ask us!
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
post Nov 23 2008, 02:22 PM
Post #3


Group: Members
Posts: 50
Joined: 18-March 07
From: Calgary, AB, Canada
Member No.: 44298

A little of both. I've lived in Calgary for 17 years and have family in NE Alberta, so I've seen a few of these. I aim to see them all during future road trips. The cornier the better!
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post

Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic


- Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 22nd August 2014 - 05:13 AM
Top Hotel Destinations

Acapulco Hotels
Atlanta Hotels
Austin Hotels
Beijing Hotels
Cancun Hotels
Charlotte Hotels
Chicago Hotels
Dallas Hotels
Denver Hotels
Honolulu Hotels
Houston Hotels
Indianapolis Hotels
Kissimmee Hotels
Las Vegas Hotels
London Hotels
Los Angeles Hotels
Mexico City Hotels
Miami Hotels
Miami Beach Hotels
Montreal Hotels
Myrtle Beach Hotels
Nashville Hotels
Negril Hotels
New Orleans Hotels
New York City Hotels
Orlando Hotels
Paris Hotels
Phoenix Hotels
Playa del Carmen Hotels
Puerto Plata Hotels
Puerto Vallarta Hotels
Punta Cana Hotels
Rome Hotels
San Antonio Hotels
San Diego Hotels
San Francisco Hotels
Seattle Hotels
Tampa Hotels
Toronto Hotels
Washington DC Hotels

Copyright © 1997 - 2011 TravelPod.com, a proud founder of travel blogs on the web. All Rights Reserved.