Big Things to See in Ontario
McGuinty Government Encourages Families to Explore Ontario's Jumbo Landmarks
This summer, why not stay-cation in Ontario and visit some of the province's larger-than-life landmarks and monuments.
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:
- Wawa's Canada Goose -- even taller than the T-Rex on display at the ROM.
- Kenora's Huskie the Muskie -- muskies eat bait up to 30 per cent of their length -- meaning 'Husky' would go for bait as big as a fishing boat (12ft).
- Sudbury's Big Nickel -- the world's largest coin is 30-feet tall or as tall as a stack of 5,196 nickels -- that's almost $260.
Supporting Ontario's tourism sector is part of the McGuinty government's plan to build vibrant local communities while strengthening the economy and creating jobs for families.
- Tourism is an important part of Ontario's economy, supporting 330,000 jobs.
- Preliminary numbers indicate that, in 2011, Ontario's tourism receipts reached $23.6 billion.
- International border crossings into Ontario grew 5.9 per cent in May 2012 compared to May 2011. This is the 7th consecutive month of growth in international border crossings.
- Ontario has established 13 Regional Tourism Organizations to provide regionally based product development, planning and marketing.
“I encourage families to explore monuments in our communities, some of which are the largest of their kind and most photographed in the world. Combining travel and learning about our unique and distinct heritage is a great way to discover Ontario.”