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Where to See the Most Unique Roadside Attractions in Canada

From small-town museums to unusual public art displays, these roadside attractions are well worth a stop

Two people, a man and a woman, are standing in front of an RV. The man is holding a map and the woman, who has a SLR camera around her neck, is looking over his shoulder and pointing at a spot on the map.

Be sure to include these quirky attractions on your next Canadian road trip. But before you head out, make sure to call ahead to see if these businesses are open and what health and safety measures they may have in place to avoid disappointment.

Goats on the Roof
Coombs, B.C

Two goats, one that is brown and white and the second one in the background that is mostly white, standing on a grassy hill with trees behind them.

If you’re driving from Victoria to Tofino, look out for the charming herd of goats perched atop the Coombs Old Country Market. This quaint highway market has a become an unlikely tourist destination thanks to the four-legged residents who spend their days grazing on the sod roof.

Noël au Château
Rivère-du-Loop, Que. 

Experience the magic of Christmas year-round at Noël au Château, where Père Noël stands guard over an enchanting Disney-inspired castle. The Yuletide attraction is worth visiting after dark when the exterior is illuminated in glittering lights. You can also pick up some festive ornaments from the gift shop, too.

Canadian Potato Museum
O’Leary, P.E.I. 

A wide building with a white sign that says The Canadian Potato Museum on it. At the forefront of the photo is a giant sculpture of a potato and behind it are some farming tools.

You can’t miss the 14-foot potato statue at the threshold of the Canadian Potato Museum. The seasonal museum boasts an extensive collection of antique farm equipment, exhibitions on growing and even a cafeteria-style restaurant serving starchy dishes like potato nachos and potato fudge.

Signpost Forest
Watson Lake, Yukon

Motorists road-tripping up the Alaska Highway should plan a pit stop at the Signpost Forest, a vast wooden labyrinth of more than 80,000 international license plates and road signs that have been “planted” by visitors from across the globe. Wander through the maze and contribute your own hometown sign to the growing man-made forest.

Viking Park
Gimli, Man. 

A metal sign to the left of the image says Viking Park in capital letters. Behind it is a life-size statue of a viking wearing a hat and a cape, holding a sword in one hand, with one knee raised on a rock.

A larger-than-life fibreglass Viking stands on the shores of Gimli Beach, just off Provincial Trunk Highway 8. The oversized monument pays homage to Manitoba’s Icelandic heritage and is surrounded by Viking Park, which features unique landscaping and sculptures inspired by Norse mythology.

Gopher Hole Museum
Torrington, Alta. 

A drive across central Alberta wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the notoriously quirky Gopher Hole Museum. The seasonal attraction is home to a bizarre menagerie of taxidermized rodents dressed in miniature costumes and posed in lifelike dioramas.

The Big Apple
Colborne, Ont. 

A larger-than-life red apple with a face stands on a hill with a small white picket fence around it. The apple has big round eyes and is smiling.

Smiling down on drivers along Highway 401, The Big Apple is a requisite stop on any Ontario road trip. Pull over to take a photo with the oversized 35-foot red delicious sculpture, pick up freshly baked fruit pies and play a round of minigolf.

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