Must-See Roadside Attractions!

Rebecca Isbister 2021 Roadtrip Adventures, Andrew, Attractions, Bonnyville, Dewberry, East of Edmonton, Elk Island National Park, Elk Point, Glendon, Hairy Hill, Highway 14, Highway 15, Highway 16, Highway 28, Highway 29, Highway 45, Innisfree, Iron Horse Trail, Lac La Biche Region, Lakeland Region, Lamont County, Legal, Lloydminster, MD of Bonnyville, Minburn County, Mundare, Myrnam, Northeast of Edmonton, Redwater, Roadside Attraction, Roadtrips, Smoky Lake, Smoky Lake County, St. Paul, St. Paul County, Two Hills County, Vegreville, Vilna, Wainwright, Waskatenau

Take a day or weekend to check out these awesome roadside attractions! Every corner of the region offers something to woo travellers in pursuit of a selfie with an oddity of magnificent proportions. Get creative  – you could be holding the World’s Largest Egg or taking a bite out of the World’s Largest Pyrogy!

Start your engines! Follow our guide to see our favourite picks divided into three sections: Northeast of Edmonton, East of Edmonton, and Southeast of Edmonton.

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Northeast of Edmonton

World’s Largest Pyrogy in Glendon

A 27-foot pyrogy will have you wanting to stop in at the pyrogy restaurant next door to sample the popular Ukrainian dumpling. Not to worry, they are much smaller than the 6,000-pound statue!


Find more information about the Village of Glendon.

World’s Largest Mushrooms in Vilna

No, you’re not in Wonderland.  You’re in Mushroom Park, the site of the World’s Largest Mushrooms. Check out this replica of the Tricholoma upscale mushroom, a mushroom that grows in the area and is often used dried or cooked as a traditional ingredient in the ethnic dishes of the region.


Find more information about the Village of Vilna.

Canada’s Largest Angus Shaw Statue in Bonnyville

A 7-metre tall wood-carved statue of Angus Shaw stands as a reminder of Shaw’s contribution to the fur trade in Western Canada at the Bonnyville & District Museum. Angus Shaw was the first European to come to the area in the mid-1700s.


Find more information about the Town of Bonnyville.

Canada’s Largest Pumpkin Park in Smoky Lake

Right in downtown Smoky Lake, the Pumpkin Park boasts 7 huge pumpkins! The town has a Pumpkin festival every year to celebrate all things pumpkin including a Largest Pumpkin Weigh-off. Be sure to go see the impressive giants!


Find more information about the Town of Smoky Lake.

Canada’s Largest R.C.M.P. Memorial Statue in Waskatenau

A tribute to the original 20 members of the Northwest Mounted Police, who travelled down the Victoria Trail to Fort Edmonton to fulfill the vision of a nation-wide police force, is located near Waskatenau.  It is 12 feet wide, 14.5 feet tall and is plated in 1-inch thick steel. You won’t be disappointed when you stop here.


Find more information about the Village of Waskatenau

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Steel Feather in Lac La Biche

In the centre of a traffic circle in Lac La Biche, a swirling steel feather soars nine metres into the sky.  The towering sculpture of a steel feather outside the Bold Centre may be the largest feather sculpture in Alberta. This sculpture and the 16 other smaller silhouettes that surround it were built to represent the region’s numerous Indigenous populations and Cultures.


Find more information about the Lac La Biche region.

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Murals in Legal

Come and admire the 37 murals in Legal painted on the walls of the buildings on almost every corner in town.  While visiting the “French Mural Capital of Canada” you’ll learn about the history, events and challenges of the francophone families, the organizations and the religious communities.


Find more information about the Town of Legal.

Unique & One-of-a-Kind- David Thompson Monument in Lac La Biche

This 12-foot long statue was built to commemorate Lac La Biche’s bicentennial and to recognize Thompson’s landing on the shores of Lac La Biche.  Stop by the monument to learn all about Thompson’s accomplishments as an explorer and mapmaker.

David Thompson Monument in Lac La Biche by Zeyad Eludin

Find more information about the Lac La Biche region.

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Oil Derrick in Redwater

Redwater is home to the world’s largest free-standing oil derrick. The 45-metre tall frame is red in colour and has a 6-foot long pulley known as a travelling block with the lifting hook hanging in its centre. It’s height is sure to impress you!


Find more information about the Town of Redwater.

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Hairy Hill Bison Statue

Located 95 km northeast of Edmonton, Hairy Hill is home to a bison statue. The hamlet was named for the large amount of bison hair that was found on the large hills by the Canadian Pacific Railway as they laid tracks in the 1900s. The statue and an information plaque can be seen on mainstreet near the Post Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unique & One-of-a-Kind Myrnam Dove

An oasis in the middle of town, Dove Park in Myrnam is something to be enjoyed by all!  Myrnam means “peace unto us” in Ukrainian, what better representation than a dove. The relaxing, peaceful environment can be enjoyed by visitors while reading the many memorial plaques throughout the park, admiring the large dove statue, or enjoying some of the great entertainment the Myrnam Dove and Historical society has planned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unique & One-of-a-Kind Smoky Lake Great Bear

Located at the Great Bear Café in Smoky Lake, this giant is something to see!  Stop in and get a one-of-a-kind picture and enjoy a yummy meal while you are there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more information about Smoky Lake.

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Thorhild Sunflower

Thorhild County is home to Sunflower Memorial Park where this beautiful flower stands.

 

 

 

 

Find more information about Thorhild County.

East of Edmonton

World’s Largest Mallard Duck in Andrew

Have you ever wondered what a 1-ton mallard duck with a wingspan of 23-feet would look like?  Head over to Andrew and see for yourself.  The majestic duck was erected in 1992 as a commemorative quack to the duck breeding grounds of the local wetlands.


Find more information about the Village of Andrew.

World’s Largest Chuckwagon in Dewberry

Dewberry is known as the chuckwagon driver capital of Alberta so what better thing would there be for an attraction in town than a chuckwagon! The chuckwagon was erected as a tribute to the sport of chuckwagon racing.

 

 

 

 

 

Find more information about the Village of Dewberry.

World’s Largest Sausage in Mundare

This tribute to the Stawnichy family stands 42 feet and was built to mark the home of the best Ukrainian sausage. Make sure to head down the street to give it a try! The Stawnichy’s Meat Processing Plant has been operating in Mundare for over 60 years.

Find more information about the Town of Mundare.

World’s Largest Sundial in Lloydminster

Don’t let the sun go down on Lloydminster. The sprawling sundial, located in Bud Miller All Seasons Park, is the largest of its kind. At a diameter of 197 feet, this is one of the largest horizontal sundials in North America. It is located on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. Head over to see this magnificent sight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World’s Largest Border Markers in Lloydminster

Located on the crossing of Highway 16 & 17, four 100 meter high markers stand on the boundary on the third and fourth meridian.  The border markers were erected in 1994 and represent the four stakes that were used for the original surveying of the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan. Each pillar represents a theme which include oil and gas, the Barr Colonists, agriculture, and First Nations and Metis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more information about the City of Lloydminster.

World’s Largest Pysanka in Vegreville

The world’s largest Pysanka, or Easter egg, can be found in Vegreville.  It stands 31 feet tall, is 18 feet wide and weighs 5,000 pounds.  It symbolizes Vegreville’s rich Ukrainian culture and the peace and security the RCMP offered the pioneers and their descendants.

Find more information about the Town of Vegreville.

World’s Largest Lapel Pin Replica in Willingdon

Go check out the World’s Largest Lapel Pin replica in Willingdon.  It is located at Willingdon’s Tourist Park along Highway 45.

Find more information about the Village of Willingdon.

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Church Capitol of North America in Lamont County

Take a day or a weekend to go and explore Lamont County’s beautiful countryside and fascinating history, as you discover each historical gem on your tour. The county is home to over 40 churches and has more churches per capita than anywhere else in North America!

Find more information about Lamont County.

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Elk Island National Park

Head just 35 minutes East of Edmonton and find a natural wonderland that you can explore all year round! Take a blanket and a picnic for the perfect relaxing night gazing at a starry sky free from the city lights or track the footprints of a bison and learn how this magnificent beast was brought back from near extinction.  Explore the park and you may see bison, elk, deer, moose, or more than 250 bird species. Elk Island National Park is open for day use or you can camp for longer and explore for days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more information about Elk Island National Park.

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Innisfree Replica of the Cut Bank Penguin, Ernie

Innisfree is home to the Cut Bank Penguin, Ernie.  Ernie was given to the village by the Hollywood production team of the movie Cut Bank. The movie was filmed in Innisfree. The film crew is long gone but Ernie will be in Innisfree forever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more information about the Village of Innisfree.

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Vegreville Our Lady of the Highway Shrine

This religious monument is the only one of its kind in Canada.  A quaint little roadside stop to take a break.  Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic alongside the beautifully maintained garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more information about the Town of Vegreville.

Southeast of Edmonton

Unique & One-of-a-Kind Bison in Wainwright

Of course, the bison capital of Canada would have a giant bison statue! Deemed the largest in Canada, it’s sure to impress. Stop in and take a photo with this fabulous beast!

Find more information about the Town of Wainwright.

Canada’s Largest Free-Standing Clock Tower in Wainwright

Anchored in the centre of downtown Wainwright, is the free-standing Memorial Clock Tower.  This “Roman Tower” architectural monument was built in 1925 to commemorate those who died in the First and Second World Wars. It was the only structure still standing after the Great fire of 1929.

Find more information about the Town of Wainwright.

Canada’s Largest Ball Glove in Heisler

Coming in at 13.5 feet tall and 6.5 feet wide, the largest ball glove in Heisler is a great opportunity for a terrific photo!  The glove was designed for people to be able to sit inside. It was erected as a symbol of this small village’s loves of baseball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more information about the Village of Heisler.

Canada’s Largest Train Trestle in Fabyan

A beautiful old trestle bridge that spans 2,775 feet across the valley of the Battle River and is 195 feet tall is a must-see! This bridge is the second-longest bridge in all of Alberta!

Find more information about the Town of Wainwright.

World’s Largest Softball in Chauvin

Built in honour of a softball tournament, Susie the Softball spans 6 feet wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find more information about the Village of Chauvin.

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