Things: BIG Things on Vancouver Island in BC

At the time of this post, we are wrapping up our visit to Vancouver Island. We have driven from one end of the Island to the other (sort of) and seen many wonderful things!

And then there have been some strange and fun things. Like:

Squamish, BC

This big guy pops up in BC almost as much as the Sasquatch! It’s not hard to figure why when you consider that forestry is a major industry here.

Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack and folk hero in American and Canadian folklore. His exploits revolve around the tall tales of his superhuman labors, such as chopping down ridiculous amounts of trees with just his trusty axe. And maybe digging the Grand Canyon. And creating mountains by pushing up rocks. You know, basic lumberjack stuff.

From a giant axe to a giant hockey stick, we move down the road to a common arena with a very uncommon façade:

Duncan, BC

This giant hockey stick was originally built in 1985 by the Canadian government as part of the Expo 86 World’s Fair. Made out of Douglas fir beams reinforced with steel, it is 62 metres long and weighs 28,118 kilograms. It is 40 times the size of a real hockey stick.

From Expo ’86 in Vancouver

The stick and puck were donated to the province of British Columbia after Expo, and a contest was held to see where it would end up. Duncan, located on Vancouver Island, was selected, and the community raised $150,000 to dismantle the stick, transport it by truck and barge and erect it at the new site at the Cowichan Community Centre in 1988.

For more larger-than-life objects, check out my earlier post featuring the marvelous creations found back in Ontario at Primitive Designs. From dinosaurs to Transformers, you won’t believe your eyes!

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