Roadside Attractions in Alberta
Roadside attractions are single points of interest. They're easy to get to,
and they draw lots of attention from travelers. They can be interesting
or educational, or downright weird or kooky! Alberta has its share of
roadside attractions - they're fun places to stop and grab a photo and to
take a break during your travels.
This roadside monument was actually used in the 1988 winter games in Calgary, Alberta. At the time, the world's largest
teepee resided above the Olympic caldron and is now a roadside attraction along the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy #1) near
Medicine Hat, Alberta. Raising 65.5 meters high (over 20 stories high), the steel structure weighs over 200 tonnes.
Just outside of the Waterton, Alberta, along the Akamina Parkway, stands the first commercial oil well in Alberta,
the second in Canada. It's located in Waterton Lakes National Park and the original drill pipe is still in place
at the bottom of the monument. A cairn in the shape of an oil derrick commemorates the discovery.
The Continental Divide is an invisible demarcation line along the Rocky Mountains that divides the flow of water
between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Rain and melting snow that falls on the west side, in BC territory,
drains into the Pacific Ocean. Precipitation that falls to the east, in Alberta, flows towards into the Atlantic Ocean.
The world's largest perogy (officially spelled pryogy) is in the tiny village of Glendon, Alberta, north of St. Paul.
This giant pryogy is a weird roadside attraction but it sure brings out a smile when you see it! The Giant Pryogy
measures 27 feet high, 12 feet wide and weighs nearly 6000 lbs.