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'Big Things' Grow In Ontario

Across the province, there are many large and interesting statues, sculptures and art installations that celebrate the identity and history of the area in which they stand, including:

  • Canada Goose, Wawa -- marks the completion of the Trans-Canada Highway, linking Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie and Western Canada. Wawa is the Ojibway name for "Land of the Big Goose".
  • Huskie the Muskie, Kenora -- a Canadian Centennial project, the huskie is a symbol of the importance of the lake and its many qualities to the town.
  • Big Nickel, Sudbury -- the world's largest coin, the 1951 Canadian nickel commemorates where Sudbury's wealth came from, and is a lasting tribute to the men and women who mined and processed the minerals in the Sudbury Basin.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh, White River -- close to 100 years ago, the town residents bid farewell to the little black bear cub that would later become the inspiration for A.A. Milne's classic children stories, Winnie-the-Pooh. 
  • Chimo the Polar Bear, Cochrane -- marks the starting point of the Polar Bear Express, a train service to Moosonee. The train travels the farthest north in Ontario, hence the name. Chimo means "Be Welcome" in Cree.
  • Holstein Cow, Woodstock -- honours a record-setting milk producing Holstein cow. Born in 1919, the Snow Countess produced 9,062 pounds of butterfat during her lifetime. Woodstock is known as the Dairy Capital of Canada.
  • Pointer Boat, Pembroke -- honours the contribution of Jack Cockburn, founder of Cockburn Boat Works, to the lumbering industry in the Upper Ottawa Valley.
  • Thimble, Toronto -- resting on a stack of buttons, the thimble is located in the city's fashion district to commemorate the historical garment industry. 
  • Jumbo the Elephant, St. Thomas -- A life-sized statue of the most famous elephant in the world! Jumbo, "The King of Elephants" tragically killed by a Grand Trunk Locomotive in St. Thomas Ontario in 1885.
  • Mosquito carrying man, Upsala -- designed to show how big mosquitoes can get in the Upsala Campgrounds.
  • Trumpeter Swan, Midland -- celebrates the trumpeter swan's reintroduction to Ontario and the local area after an absence of about 150 years.
  • Rocking Horse, Innisfil -- a 5,500 pound ponderosa pine pony located is the largest rocking horse on the planet. The pony is based on the 37-inch rocking frame that has been used to create rocking horses since 1978.
  • Wiarton Willie -- Located in its namesake town the statue celebrates the groundhog Wiarton Willie, who has the very important job of predicting a long winter or early spring every year on February 2.
  • "Muddy" the Mudcat, Dunnville -- "Muddy" is a 15-metre long statue of the fish so common in the nearby Grand River, Dunnville has adopted the fish as its mascot. Each year there's even a Mudcat Festival.
  • The Big Apple, Colborne -- boasts a 35-foot observation deck with a view of Northumberland's apple country.
  • Tomato, Leamington -- The tomato capital of Canada. Leamington has the highest concentration of greenhouses in North America and is home to a large H. J. Heinz Company factory.

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