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Driving coast-to-coast along the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John's, Newfoundland, you'll feast your eyes upon some of Canada's most interesting places.
And some of its weirdest.
Fans of quirky roadside attractions won't be disappointed when they stumble upon these four wacky sights while road tripping along the Trans-Canada Highway.
If zombie movies get your heart pumping, don't skip "Nature's Struggle," a strange gnarled hand sculpture at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, just west of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Although it wasn't likely the artists' intention, the twisted hand thrusting through the soil with black fingernails seems more like a terrifying scene from Night of the Living Dead than something you'd encounter on a leisurely tour of a university campus.
Directions: Exit Highway 16 (Trans-Canada Yellowhead route) in Saskatoon onto Preston Avenue. Drive a few blocks south and turn right into the University of Saskatchewan campus"Nature's Struggle" is located in the sculpture garden on the west side of the campus on Seminary Road.
If you've ever planned a camping adventure in Ontario you'll know that Canadian mosquitoes can be vicious. One artist in Upsala, Ontario pushed our fears of the summertime pest one step further, creating a monstrous steel and fiberglass mosquito snacking on human prey alongside the Trans-Canada Highway.
Grasping a giant knife and fork, the 16-foot man-eating mosquito is a cheeky reminder to stock up on bug repellent if you hope to survive the Northwestern Ontario wilderness.
Directions: Keep your eyes peeled on Highway 17 (Trans-Canada) between Thunder Bay and Kenora at the G&G Service Centre in the small town of Upsala; you can't miss it.
If the idea of machines rising up against the humans has invaded your nightmares, steer clear of this eight-legged yellow monster on the Trans-Canada just east of Kenora, Ontario.
Truthfully, there's no need to worry about the cute yellow critter with a VW Beetle body and a top hat, which seems more keen to fix your car than to chase and destroy it. Should you ever need to draw upon your rental car insurance, he may even offer a helping hand!
Directions: The friendly Volkswagen Spider sits directly on the Trans-Canada Highway in front of a mechanic a couple miles east of Kenora, Ontario.
Hunters are as common in Northern Ontario as temples are in Thailand, and it appears that this mischievous animal finally had enough.
Featuring a moose donning a devilish grin and holding a rifle in one hand and a hunter by his camouflage in the other, this quirky roadside attraction in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is as good of a place as any on the Trans-Canada to stop for a laugh and stretch during a long-day of driving.
Directions: This cheeky moose is easily spotted just north of Sault Ste. Marie on Highway 17 (Trans-Canada) directly in front of the Trading Post.
Have you driven by any of these weird roadside attractions? What are some of your own favorite quirky spots in Canada? Leave us a comment in the box below!
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