Alberta's got plenty of stunning and popular tourist destinations.
It also has some that are just plain odd.
What better way to explore the province than by discovering how weird it can get?
Cheesy Edmonton-based polka band the Kubasonics — yes, like kielbasa — has an ode to some of Alberta's strangest oddities with their song "Giants of the Prairies."
From Korean Totem Poles in Airdire to a giant dragonfly in Wabamun (sorry Zama City residents, you didn't have anything weird enough to cap off this list) we've used their song as inspiration to catalogue some of Alberta's strangest roadside giants from A-to-Z.
A: Airdrie's Korean Totem Poles
Visitors driving past Airdrie's Gwacheon Park might wonder why one of the totem poles is wearing a hanbok instead of traditional First Nation quillwork.
According to Airdrie City View, the totem poles were gifted to Airdrie from its sister city of Gwacheon, South Korea, to celebrate the 10-year relationship between the two in 2006.
B: Beaverlodge's World's Largest Beaver
Yup, that's a giant beaver. (Photo: Google Maps)
This beaver is seriously huge. According to the town of Beaverlodge, the combined weight of the beaver and its log is 3,000 pounds. It took 49.2 litres of paint to finish.
C: Calgary's Travelling Light
A rendering of Travelling Light. (Photo: Calgary.ca)
Travelling Light or as Calgarians — affectionately or not — call it "The Bloop," is probably the city's most controversial piece of public art.
Depending on how you look at it, the $470,000 blue hoop is either an engineering marvel or just a really big, blue hoop.
Either way, it's something to see on the drive to the Calgary International Airport.
D: Drumheller's T-Rex
Roar! (Photo: Richard Cummins/Getty)
The world's largest dinosaur stands about 4.5 times larger than a real T-Rex, but it's about 450 times less scary. Unlike the Cretaceous-era carnivore, visitors can climb more than 100 steps to stand its mouth for a view of the badlands.
There are about 15 other dinosaur statues scattered around Alberta's dinosaur capital — the world's biggest dino provides a great vantage point to try and spot them all.
E: Edmonton's Giant Baseball Bat
This baseball bat was the biggest in Canada until Saskatoon stole the title in 2014, CBC News reported.
No word on whether Edmonton's planning something bigger to take the title back.
F: Falher's World's Largest Honeybee
This town celebrates its beekeeping industry with one big bee. (Photo: Google Maps)
Falher is the honey capital of Canada. It's worth stopping by for the honey festival to find out what all the buzz is about.
G: Glendon's Giant Pierogie
— Ken Ferguson (@EdmWCRep) August 27, 2014
The village of Glendon's giant pierogie statue is actually its second attempt at celebrating the region's Ukrainian heritage. The current statue is of a pierogie being speared by a fork. The first iteration, which depicted a single pierogie, made villagers think of a cow pie rather than the tasty potato dish, according to Atlas Obscura.
H: Hanna's Canada Geese
(Photo: Google Maps)
Not just known for being home to Nickelback, Hanna's also notable for the statues of three giant Canada geese.
I: Innisfail's World's Largest Animated Grizzly Bear
Check out the worlds largest animated bear when your driving past Innisfail on QE2 over 20 ft tall pic.twitter.com/mZMp7XVeBi
— Discovery Wildlife (@DiscoveryWild) August 29, 2013
OK, now this is a bit of a stretch. The Innisfail Discovery Wildlife Park laid claim to a very specific world record with this giant, 10,000-pound animated bear.
“We hope it will drive the economy of Innisfail and have people come out on a day-to-day basis to Innisfail to look at the bear,” zoo owner Doug Bos told the Innisfail Province.
L: Lloydminster's Giant Sundial
Skipping over "J" and "K" (sorry Jasper and Kananaskis), here's a jump to "L" for Lloydminster.
This massive sundial might not be the world's largest, but it sure is the biggest in Canada.
M: Medicine Hat's Saamis Teepee
We're assuming they left the canvas off because it would be too heavy. (Photo: Rolf Hicker/Getty)
Originally built for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, this steel landmark sits near a historic archaeological site.
P: Pincher Creek's Pincers
Legend has it Pincher Creek got its name after a pioneer lost a pair of pincers. The name was chosen when the pincers were later found along the river's bank, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia.
R: Redwater's Oil Derrick
— Sue Robertson (@atropebelladona) December 27, 2014
Redwater experienced a serious oil boom in the 1940s. A giant oil derrick was built to get that liquid gold out of the ground. No longer operational, the world's largest oil derrick is still standing as a town landmark.
S: St. Paul's UFO Landing Pad
— Fraser McDonald (@FraserMcDonald) June 3, 2016
St. Paul is ready to welcome otherworldly visitors with its designated UFO landing pad. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Canadian UFO Survery says some of country's highest reports of unidentified objects are spotted in near Calgary.
T: Taber Cornstalks
If you pass a set of giant cornstalks on your trip, it's worth pulling into Taber for some of the tastiest corn-on-the-cob you'll find in North America. Consider these prairie giants just one big signpost.
V: Vegreville's Giant Pysanka
— canada150th (@canada150th) March 27, 2016
Can you imagine how big this chicken must be?
Vegreville's massive pysanka — or Ukrainian Easter egg — is a world-record-breaking ode to the 100th anniversary of the RCMP's arrival in Alberta.
The egg is a giant jigsaw puzzle made of 524 star patterns, 2,208 equilateral triangles and 3,512 visible facets, according to the town.
W: Wabamun's Giant Dragonfly
This village's giant dragonfly was inspired by the insects that hatch every year at a nearby lake, the Spruce Grove Examiner reported.
Alberta visitors should know this is definitely not an exhaustive list. There are plenty of other strange prairie giants out there, including boots, spaceships and bucking broncos.
If you spot a letter we're missing, let us know!
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Second World War POW camps are still to this day a solemn subject and many Albertans find it odd that there were several of the camps right in their backyards. Camps were located throughout the province, including Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Seebe, in Kananaskis Country, as seen here. (Appaloosa, Flickr.com)
Yes, Drumheller is home to the Royal Tyrell Museum. The royal designation is a well-deserved one for the world-leading and renowned archeological facility. But what if you are looking for a more primal experience? What if you want to drive along the hoodoos, which look like they were pulled from The Land Before Time and that usher visitors to the town, and just want to have a rediculously primordial experience. Drumheller can provide that too, with the world's biggest dinosaur. This particular dinosaur is not a living beast, nor was it ever, but it is huge. And, for a couple of bucks, you can climb inside and take in the panoramic view of the town and the badlands beyond. Now, that's odd. (Joe_tourist, Flickr.com)
It's a solemn site but to stand before the rock slide that crushed the old town of Frank nearly 110 years ago is to be overwhelmed by scale. There really is no other place like it in Alberta. The town, and most of its occupants, remain buried by the millions of tons of gigantic rocks that wiped it from the face of the Earth in 1903. It is Canada's deadliest rock slide and if nothing else it is solemnly unique. (Gord McKenna, Flickr)
There's odd and then there's look-at-that-gopher-dressed-like-Mozart-next-to-a-firetruck odd. That's what awaits the daring visitors to the Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington. If you've ever wondered what a gopher would look like if he had chosen to live life as a man of the cloth, as a farmer, or a Mountie, there is a stuffed gopher at the museum who can put your curiosity to rest. For being about such small critters, the Gopher Hole Museum is one big oddity. (Cogdog, Flickr.com)
It's enough to make someone feel erratic. The massive rock just outside Okotoks is believed to weigh more than 15,000 tonnes, which is why it is also comnonly known as Big Rock. Sound familiar? That's where the popular brewery gets its name. What makes this rock worth visiting - even if you're not a Trad drinker - is that it's the biggest of countless of other erratic rocks that were deposited along the foothills by massive glaciers thousands of years ago but that originated in Jasper National Park. That's a pretty long way for such a big rock to go. (Wikipedia)
Not only is this an extremely odd geomorphological formation, the way in which it was discovered is also odd. The Badlands Guardian, located near Medicine Hat, is a feature that from the air bares a striking resemblance to a human head wearing a traditional Native headdress and iPod ear buds. And if that wasn't odd enough, the feature - a natural drainage with a road leading to an oil well located where an ear would be - was found by Lynn Hickox while browsing Google Earth images in 2006. Top that for odd! (Google Earth)
So Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, has an iconic tower with a restaurant on top. Calgary, Alberta's biggest city, has an iconic tower with a restaurant on top. So, why not Lethbridge? The southern Alberta city also has a tower - formerly the town's water tower - and it too has a restaurant on top. Eye-sore or iconic? You tell us in the comments. (Youtube)
The aggressive name of this UNESCO world heritage site doesn't leave much to the imagination. The buffalo jump was used for 5,500 years by the Blackfoot people before horses were common. They drove the buffaloes off the cliff and used their carcasses to make homes, weapons and clothing. Now, the site has an interactive museum and is in the foothills of the rocky mountains.
Do you believe in extra terrestrials? St. Paul does. They created the first UFO landing pad in order to bring in tourists and aliens. Best of both worlds? The landing pad was opened in 1967 and if you didn't think things could be weirder, the sign says, "The area under the World's First UFO Landing Pad was designated international by the Town of St. Paul as a symbol of our faith that mankind will maintain the outer universe free from national wars and strife. That future travel in space will be safe for all intergalactic beings, all visitors from earth or otherwise are welcome to this territory and to the Town of St. Paul." This is a place the family is sure to enjoy.
The world's largest roadside beaver makes his home in Beaverlodge, Alta. It took 18 blocks of foam, 13 gallons of paint and 90 gallons of polyurethane to cover and weighs more than 1,500 pounds. You'll have to drive a long way to get a piece of this beaver, however -- this buck-toothed Canadian icon rests on the side of the highway in northwestern Alberta on the way to the Alaska Highway. Is it worth the drive to Beaverlodge? We'll let you decide.