Giant Statues of Manitoba

Giants of the North – The Giant Statues of Manitoba.

The eccentric whimsy of a giant statue looming over a small Canadian prairie town is quite an impressive sight to see.

The Giant Banana of Melita.  The Banana Belt of The Prairies.

Standing for centuries, these monolithic guardians of The Prairies hold a special place in the heart of all Canadians.

World's Largest Coke Can in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

Everyone should make the long, slow and epic road trip to see these monumental masterpieces at least once in their life.

The Mascots

The official provincial bird of Manitoba is the majestic mosquito.

Standing in Komarno (home to the largest mosquitoes in the world), this statue pivots around its pedestal as if hunting its next prey.

A single Komarno mosquito can carry off a small child if left unsupervised.

Possibly true fact of the day – Komarno is the Ukrainian word for mosquito.

Giant mosquito statue in Komarno, Manitoba.

Canada has two national animals. Typical of a diplomatic country that likes to please everyone. There are even 2 national colours, 2 official languages and 2 anthems. Sorry.

Obviously, the beaver is the one true national animal. Sadly, Alberta lays claim to this exalted giant. Inexplicably, the Canadian horse is the other national animal, much to the annoyance of Lundi, the mighty moose of Riverton which stands tall and proud for all the world to see.

It’s beautiful actually, more of a sculpture than a statue. Created by Canadian artist Grant McLaughlin, from the town of (believe it or not) Moose Jaw.

Jokes aside, "Lundi Moose" is a wonderful moose statue created by artist Grant McLaughlin.

In true Canadian style, there are two national sports. Ridiculous.
BUT screw ice-hockey and lacrosse! Yeah, I said it!

Hurry… hurry hard… to see the giant curling rock of Arborg which honours the greatest sport ever and the true national sport of Canada.

Giant curling rock in Arborg, Manitoba.

I’m not sure if these represent official national pastimes…
But here is the World’s Largest Smoking Pipe in Saint-Claude…

World's Second Largest Smoking Pipe in Saint Claude, Manitoba.

and ummm… The Meleb-Park-Cumming Giant Mushrooms…

The Meleb-Park-Cumming Mushroom Statue in Meleb, Manitoba.

The Animals

Animals are frequently a theme of Giant Statues of Manitoba.

The Canada Goose Statue of Lundar is quite nice. And iconic as well, because the goose is the most requested tattoo on The Prairies.

The Lundar Canadian Goose Giant Statue of Manitoba.

Not to be outdone… Dominion City has a life-size replica of the largest sturgeon ever caught in Manitoba.

Caught in 1903 by local phenom Sandy Waddell, a true rockstar of the sturgeon fishing world, this beast weighed in at 184kg, measured 4.7m and was estimated to be 150 years of age.

Life-size replica of the largest sturgeon caught in Manitoba in Dominion City.

Sara the Camel chills in Glenboro. This may seem random at first, but nearby is Spruce Woods Provincial Forest, home to Spirit Sands, Manitoba’s only desert.

Sara the Camel watches over Glenboro and the frozen north near to Manitoba's only desert of Spirit Sands.

Selkirk (the Catfish Capital of the World) has a catfish statue (obviously).
Filet o’ Fish anyone?

But behind its subtle beauty, this status holds a tragic tale. It is named after local fisherman Chuck Norquay, a well loved local guide who did a lot to promote fishing in the area. As his plaque on the statue reads – “God rest his beautiful soul.”

Chuck the Catfish in Selkirk, Manitoba.  Home to world famous catfishing.

Once there was a town called Petersfield (named after Peter and Peter).
The town wanted a statue.
They chose a mallard.
The End.

Petersfield Mallard Duck, Giant Statue of Manitoba.

Ashern has a statue of a sharptail grouse.
Please don’t confuse him with a normal grouse, he hates it.
And look at him… you definitely don’t want to be on his bad side.

Ashern's Sharptail Grouse giant statue, Manitoba.

This sculpture was placed in Poplarfield in 1991 paying tribute to the bountiful white-tailed deer and their importance as sustenance to the early pioneers. Today, the local deer continue to provide food and recreational sport for hunters.

I stole that from the Interlake Tourism website because it summed it up perfectly.

The King Buck or Poplarfield, Manitoba.

The Tourist Attractions

Some giant statues of the Manitoba stand outside some pretty impressive tourist sights. Seriously impressive.

Keep off Sara and Sam!  Giant Garter Snake Statue in Inwood, Manitoba.

The town of Inwood is home to the Sara and Sam garter snake statue. It is close to an amazing and unique naturally occurring event every spring when tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes converge on the Narcisse Snake Dens. It is honestly an incredible sight to see.

Gint Garter Snake Statue, Giants Statues of Manitoba.

The Canadian Fossil and Discovery Centre houses the world’s largest publicly displayed mosasaur which was unearthed in the nearby town of Thornhill.

The 13m long, life-size replica welcomes visitors as the enter the city.
His name is Bruce.

They call me Bruce.  The Mosasaur.  Mordern, Manitoba.

Across town and not to be outdone is another life-size replica.
A 4.5M LONG ANCIENT ARCHELON TURTLE!!!
TAKE THAT BRUCE!!!

Giant Achelon Turtle Statue in Morden, Manitoba.

The town of Gimli has a variety of things to do. The Heritage Museum celebrates its links to the many Icelandic immigrants who settled here in the late 1800’s. The Viking Statue overlooks Lake Winnipeg and its nearby beaches.

Giant Viking Statue in Gimli, Manitoba.

The Random Rest

Dog porn.

Giant fire hydrant statue in Elm Creek, Manitoba.  Giant Statues of Manitoba.

DOES A SINGLE PROVINCE NEED 2 GIANT TURTLE STATUES!?!?!!?
FUCK YEAH!

Tommy the Turtle stands cheerfully in the border town of Boissevain, symbolizing the eternal unity of the great nations of Canada and the USA.

Tommy the Turtle.  Official mascot of Boissevain, Manitoba.

The World’s Tallest Painting on an Easel, Altona.
Not much more to say about that.

The Worlds Largest Painting on an Easel in Altona, Manitoba.

The Giant Wagon Wheel of Fisher Branch represents the town’s catchphrase “A community reinventing the wheel.”

Seriously.
Google it.

Wagon Wheel.  Giant.  Fisher Branch.

Woohoo! Good news for all of you! I managed to dig up and scan in an old 35mm photo of Happy Rock in Gladstone! He is a much beloved figure in Manitoban folklore.

Almost last and certainly least…
The Wild Turkey of La Riviere.
They didn’t even bother to name him.

A cold, wild turkey, ready for Christmas in La Riviere, Manitoba.

And last, but certainly not least…

The Giant Pumpkin of Roland.

A tribute to the legendary Edgar VanWyck “The Pumpkin King of Roland”, whose 192kg pumpkin earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

The Giant Pumpkin of Roland.  Awesome.

There are many more exciting Giant Statues of Manitoba and hopefully someday soon I will be adding to this list.


3 thoughts on “Giant Statues of Manitoba

  1. I really enjoyed your pictures. There are many statues in Manitoba that I wasn’t even aware of. I no longer live in Manitoba, but was born and raised there, Elm Creek as a matter of fact, where the dog porn fire hydrant is!

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