If you're running out of interesting things to do this summer, maybe it's time for another road trip. Instead of spending a barrel of money on accommodations in Banff or Jasper, or shopping in Calgary or Edmonton, why not spend the day checking out some of Alberta's craziest roadside attractions.
From the world's first UFO Landing Pad, to the world's largest perogy, Alberta really does have it all. Check out the list we've compiled, and see how many you can visit during your time in Alberta:
1. Little Church // Drumheller
This quaint little church seats only 6 people at a time. It was originally built in 1968, and later reconstructed in 1991. It was initially built as a place of worship and meditation, but is now mainly a tourist attraction.
2. Rosedale Suspension Bridge // Rosedale
This 117 metre suspension bridge, just outside of Drumheller, crosses the Red Deer River. The bridge was built for the coal workers of the Star Mine, but is now mainly used as a tourist attraction.
3. Saamis Tepee // Medicine Hat
Formerly the world's largest, the Saamis Tepee was originally built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, held in Calgary. The tepee is a tribute to Canada's native heritage, and the 10 circle boards around it depict important moments in native culture and history.
4. World's Largest Dinosaur // Drumheller
Standing 86 feet tall, is the world's largest dinosaur. You can climb up the 106 stairs inside of the dinosaur, from the bottom all the way up to her mouth, where you can take in a stunning view of the badlands around.
5. World's Largest Oil Lamp // Donalda
Built as a millennium project in 2000, the world's largest lamp stands 42 feet high. The lamp lights up at dusk, and is open for viewing during the Donalda & District Museum operating hours.
6. World's Largest Mallard Duck // Andrew
In the village on Andrew, you can find the world's largest mallard duck, weighing 1 tonne with a wingspan of 23 feet.
7. Spruce Grove Grain Elevator Museum // Spruce Grove
The grain elevator was originally built to support the the agriculture and horticulture movement, but was later turned into a museum to attract and inform tourists.
8. World's Largest Beaver // Beaverlodge
Standing 15 feet tall, and 18 feet wide, is the world's largest beaver. The statue weighs 3000 pounds, and was built in 2004 to celebrate Beaverlodge's 75th anniversary.
9. Aaron the Heron // Barrhead
The world's largest heron is the mascot of Barrhead. The statue stands 8 feet high, and can be spotted from along the shores of many local lakes.
10. Paul Bunyan's Bowling Ball // Drayton Valley
Locally dubbed "Paul Bunyan's Bowling Ball", this perfectly spherical boulder was uncovered in 1998. It weighs an astounding 16,583 kg, and is a popular roadside attraction.
11. Peter Fidler // Elk Point
Peter Fidler was a famous surveyor of the Hudson Bay. This 32 foot tall statue was carved with a chainsaw in his memory, by Herman Poulin.
12. World's Largest Bee // Falher
Save the bees!!! Falher is known as the honey capital of Canada, making it the perfect home for the world's largest bee statue; over 60,000 colonies of bees produce over 10 million pounds of honey, every year.
13. World's Largest Perogy // Glendon
This one was designed simply as a tourist attraction. Weighing in at 6,000 pounds, and standing at 25 feet tall, is the world's largest perogy.
14. Giant Sundial // Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie's giant sundial was built as part of the city's millennium project. The sundial stands 40 feet tall, and contains 10 time capsules to be opened in the future.
15. World's First UFO Landing Pad // St. Paul
In 1967, St. Paul was declared the Centennial Capital of Canada, after the world's first UFO Landing Pad was built. The landing pad was built as a landmark for the town, and is now a popular tourist attraction.