25 Places to Visit in Canada with Guinness Records

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The Guinness World Records have been around since 1954 and was created by Sir Hugh Beaver who was the Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery at the time. After an argument with some friends about the fastest game bird in Europe and not being able to find any reference on the subject, Sir Beaver came up with a promotional idea for Guinness – a book of facts and figures based on winning pub arguments! Aided by two researchers, the first one took thirteen weeks to compile and since then has been a bestseller every year. Canadians have set thousands of world records over the decades, and some of them are surprising. Along with the list of places to visit in Canada that hold records for being the first of something or the biggest, there is also a Guinness World Records Museum in Niagara Falls that can be enjoyed by visitors to the area.

The Largest non-Polar Ice Field – Yukon

Designated as such in 2011, Kluane National Park and Reserve is home to the largest non-Polar ice field in the world. Around 2,500­3,000 meters above sea level (8,200­9,800 feet) high, it occupies more than half of the park and incorporates glaciers that stretch for 60 kilometers. Along with the icefield, the Park is also home to Canada’s highest mountain – Mt. Logan – and North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly population. To see the icefield, it is best to take one of the sightseeing flights available.
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The Tallest Inukshuk – Ontario

An Inukshuk is a figure created out of piled rocks that the native peoples of the north have used for centuries to navigate the frozen terrain, sometimes pointing the way of a hunting trail, or perhaps lead the way to a local fishing hole. They were also used to mark sacred spots. The name itself means “likeness of man”. In Schomberg, Ontario, Allstone Quarry Products Inc. created the tallest inukshuk in the world in 2007. It stands at 37 feet 3.9 inches!
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The Largest Oar / Paddle – British Columbia

The Kootenay Rockiesis home to the largest hand paddle, which measures 18.57 m (60 ft 11 in) long and 2.80 m (9 ft 2 in) wide at its blade. Taking more than 200 hours of labor, one Western Red Cedar tree, and 4 gallons of verathane, this monument was built by Mark Teasdale. Located in the Columbia Wetlands, this paddle is a great place to stop for a great pic or to enjoy the picnic area.
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The Largest Hockey Stick – British Columbia

The original home of hockey, it makes sense that the largest hockey stick is found in Canada. Commissioned by the Federal Government for the Canadian Pavilion for Expo ’86 in Vancouver, it was moved to Vancouver Island after the event. Since 1988 you can find this stick and puck at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan, British Columbia. At 40 times the size of a normal stick, this one is 205 feet long and weighs a whopping 62,000 pounds.
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The Tallest Manmade Leaning Tower – Quebec

This is more than just a world record; this is an incredible feat of architecture and engineering. Montreal Olympic Stadium Tower stands an incredible 165 meters and has a curved angle of 45 degrees. Building was completed in 1987. The tower is designed to support 75% of the weight of the roof of the main building. An incredible view up to 80 kilometers is visible from the Observatory, located on the top three floors. Although originally designed to host the 1976 Olympic Games, the Montréal Tower and its Observatory were not completed until 10 years after.
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The Largest Mosasaur on Display – Manitoba

Named Bruce by the host museum, this prehistoric carnivorous marine lizard is a distant relative to our modern-day monitor lizards. The 60-70% complete TylosaurusPembinensis, dating from the late Cretaceous Period, approximately 80 million years ago, measures 13.05 m (42.815 ft) from nose tip to tail tip. Bruce was discovered in 1974 by Thornhill, Manitoba and currently resides at the nearby Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden.
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Largest Naturally Frozen Ice Rink – Ontario

A yearly created ice rink since 1970, the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, Ontario, is 7.8 km (4.8 miles) long and has a total maintained surface area of 165, 621 m² (1.782 million ft²), which is equivalent to 90 Olympic size skating rinks. The entire space receives daily maintenance such as sweeping, ice thickness checks and there are toilet and recreational facilities available for visitors enjoying a skate.
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The Largest LEGO® Brick Flag – Ontario

A more recent world record has been set by the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto. Measuring 3.47 m (11 ft 7 in) tall and 6.46 m (21 ft 2 in) wide, this Lego creation of the Canadian flag was achieved on the 28 of June 2018.248,062 bricks were used in the construction of the flag, which was built to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st.
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The Largest Egg Beater – PEI

On the beautiful Prince Edward Island on the east coast of the country, you can find this unique attraction. Built by Kerras Jeffery in 2005, thiseggbeater measures 436.88 m (14 ft 4 in) tall and 1.21 m (48 in) wide. Made out of recycled items, the creator didn’t set out to make the largest beater ever, he was just struck by inspiration! You can view this on his property, along with all his lovely reproduction furniture and other projects.
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The Largest Spinning Wheel – Quebec

The largest spinning wheel in the world is 4.01 m (13.15 ft) tall and stands in a town square in the Quebec town of Sainte-Germaine-Boulé. It was erected in 1983 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the townand in honor of the parish pioneers. The wheel itself has a diameter of 2.44 m (8 ft) and the entire machine, which weighs around 400 kg (880 lb), is powered by electricity. Founded in 1933, this town is one of the nicest agricultural areas in the province and well worth a visit.
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The First Official UFO Landing Pad – Alberta

Way back in 1967, the world’s first official UFO landing pad was built in St Paul, Alberta, and was formally opened on June 3 by the Hon. Paul Hellyer, Canada’s then Minister of National Defence. In the 1990’s the Visitor’s Center was opened for travellers to learn more about UFO’s and the site. The main column consists of six 75-cm-tall concrete pylons, and there is a map of Canada embossed on the back stop of the landing pad. A sign next to the pad reads as follows: “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.” There isn’t another nicer landing pad for outer space visitors in the world!
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The Largest Garden Gnome – British Columbia

The Gnome was built back int 1998, but didn’t make it into the Records until 2009, when it was finally measured! At a height of 7.91 meters (25 ft 11 in) this gnome was originally part of an amusement park but up until 2019resided on the grounds of a gas station. The gnome’s maintenance was a condition of sale for the land deeds for the property, giving it legal protection and assumingly assuring that it will remain as a permanent fixture, however Chevron recently evicted “Howard”. He was moved to a farm in Saanich, on Vancouver Island, and given some loving care. Visitors who wish to see him should note that he is only visible on weekends every October.
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The Longest Cable Ferry – British Columbia

In 2016, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. introduced a cable ferry on Baynes Sound in British Columbia. Considered the longest cable ferry in the world, the Baynes Sound Connector measures 1,961.48 m (6,435 ft 3.6 in). With lower power requirements compared to a traditional ferry the commissioning of this vessel has enabled BC Ferries to significantly reduce fuel consumption. This has resulted in a considerably smaller carbon footprint from the route.The ferry is able to accommodate 50 vehicles along with 150 passengers and crew.
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The Longest Beaver Dam – Alberta

A home of the national animal of Canada, the longest beaver dam in the world measures some 850 m (2,788 ft) long and was discovered in 2007 from satellite images of the area. This incredibly massive beaver-built dam, which is more than twice the length of the Hoover Dam,is in the far south of Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta. Its existence was confirmed by rangers from Parks Canada, who took pictures from a helicopter in May 2010. The conclusion is that the dam is the work of several generations of beavers, who have probably been working at the site since the mid-1970s. With the nearest human settlement being around 80 km away – Fort Chipewyan – it is no surprise that is went unnoticed for so long. It wasn’t visited by a human until September 2014, when American adventurer Rob Mark trekked some 200 km to view it in person. For those who want a bird’s eye view, it is best to charter a plane or helicopter.
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The Largest Fishing Lure

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Alberta is certainly home to some of the most unique “largest”, “longest” and “firsts” and this attraction is no exception The largest fishing lure, located in Lacombe, measures 12.32 m (40 ft 5 in) in length, 2.46 m (8 ft 1 in) in hook width, and 2.92 m (9 ft 7 in) in spoon width. It was created by Jessica Dew in May 2019, as a way of celebrating the 90th anniversary of their fishing lure company – Len Thompson Fishing Lures.
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The Largest Dugout Canoe – British Columbia

In 1985, the Haida sculpture builder Bill Reid, was commissioned to create a 50-foot dugout canoe for Expo ’86. Finished in April of that same year, he named the craft Lootaas (Wave Eater). He was inspired by the type of canoe used by the Haida indigenous population of Western Canada. After the fair, the canoe was taken to France and paddled up the Seine to Paris, in honour of the bicentennial of the French Revolution. Later, it undertook a much-publicized voyage from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii and has since been kept at Skidegate ever since for use for ceremonial occasions.

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The Largest Tetrapod Exoskeleton

We will start off by saying that we are not sure where you can see this large robot yet, but with the size of it, we are sure it is going to be on display somewhere soon, especially as it was built to be used.

Jonathan Tippett has spent more than 12 years developing and building this unique, rideable off-road racing exoskeleton. ‘PROSTHESIS’ measures 3.96 m (12 ft 11 in) tall, 5.1 m (16 ft 8 in) long and 5.51 m (18 ft 1 in) wide and, as far as we know, is located somewhere in Squamish, North Vancouver.

Once it is being used for racing, we are sure it is going to be extra fun to watch! In the meantime, check out the YouTube video available.

The Tallest Indoor Rollercoaster – Alberta

This ride has been open since 1985 and, aptly named the Mindbender, is an incredibly fun way of loop de looping indoors. Located in Galaxyland Amusement Park in West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, the rollercoaster has a maximum height of 44 meters (145 feet). There is a triple loop for riders to experience and the coaster gets to a maximum speed of 97 km/h and upwards of 5.6 Gs.
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The Oldest Baseball Field Diamond in The World – Ontario

You wouldn’t necessarily think that Canada would be the home of the “oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world”, but with a history dating back to 1877, Labatt Park has made a name for itself. Located in London, Ontario, this baseball field was probably used as early as 1870 but wasn’t official until 1877. Originally it was named Tecumseh Park after the Shawnee leader whose Native American confederation allied with Britain in the War of 1812,it changed names when John Labatt bought the park sometime in the 1930s. He donated it to the city in 1936. Take in a game to check and feel the history!
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Oldest Reptile Fossils – Nova Scotia

On the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs are a 15 km-long stretch of cliffs that represent the richest and most comprehensive record of life from around 354-290 million years ago. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains fossil remains of 148 species across three distinct ecosystems, including some that have not been found anywhere else in the world. Species discovered here include Hylonomus which, at around315 million years old, remains the oldest confirmed reptile on Earth. You can learn everything about this fascinating place and the history here by taking a tour.
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The Highest Wine Cellar – Ontario

Along with a beautiful panoramic view at the restaurant that revolves every 72 minutes, diners at the CN Tower can partake of a wine selection from the “Cellar in the sky”, which is the highest in the world. Located 351m (1,151 ft) above ground in Toronto, Ontario, the cellar has been created to resemble a typical underground wine cellar, featuring precision climate and humidity controls, redwood racks, double cherry doors, a 9,000 bottle storage capacity and a tasting table. Make a reservation and enjoy every moment!
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Most Flavours of Ice Cream Commercially Available – British Columbia

An iconic ice cream shop in Vancouver, British Columbia, La Casa Gelato holds the record for how many flavours they have available for customers to choose from – a whooping 238!

Family owned and operated, the business has been around for 35 years and has more than 588 flavours that are rotated through. Thankfully, you can sample flavours if you are not familiar with them. The only thing left for you to do is choose one, or two, or three to enjoy!
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The Largest Jazz Festival – Quebec

Now in its 40th year, The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in Quebec holds the record for the largest jazz festival in the world. In July of 2004, the 25th anniversary of the festival drew an amazing 1,913,868 people during its 10-day event. Held every year, Montreal is proud of this incredible musical event and welcomes people from all over the world to enjoy it. To plan your own trip to experience the jazz, check out the upcoming dates for the festival.
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The First Known Settlement of Europeans in the New World – Newfoundland

The Norse remains at L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland comprise the earliest known European settlement in the New World circa 1000 AD. Now a National Historic Site, you can now visit the site, which is composed of a small encampment of timber-and-sod buildings built over 1000 years ago. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, visitors can enjoy the recreated base camp and discover original artifacts.
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The Largest Grey Seal Colony – Nova Scotia

While some travellers may know Sable Island, in Nova Scotia, for the group of wild horses that live on the island, this remote destination also has the largest grey seal colony in the world. 100,000 grey seals arrive at the island every winter to breed. There are also more than 350 species of birds here, even though there is only one tree on the entire island. The island is approximately 290 kilometers from the mainland, so you need to choose one of three ways of getting there – by a charter flight, on a cruise, or sailing in your own vessel. Make sure you register before going.
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The World’s Largest Snow Maze – Manitoba

Masse family of A Maze in a Corn in St. Adolphe built the World’s Largest Snow Maze in 2019. The maze is the largest snow maze in the world at 2,789.11 m² (30,021 ft² 110 in²). It was created using roughly 300 truck-loads of snow and features 1,300 metres of tightly packed snow walls. During winter season, you can get lost in the maze and enjoy other winter activities in the area.

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