"Look up. Look waaaay up! And I'll call Rusty." -The Friendly Giant
It wasn't until I saw the giant strawberry smiling from the roadside in Great Village that I came to the realization that we were home to a surprising number of giants here in Nova Scotia. I started to make a list.
For starters we have the giant tides of the Bay of Fundy. The highest recorded at Burntcoat Head and greatest potential for tidal energy in the world attempting to be harnessed near Parrsboro (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy aka FORCE Visitor Centre opening soon).
The Bay is home to many giant whales (12 species to be exact), huge rock formations (check out Cape Chignecto Provincial Park), and a trip to the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro will tell you that dinosaurs and giant beavers used to live here too (yes giant beavers - scary I know!).
The remains of another giant that once roamed the area were found several years ago in a gypsum quarry near Milford. Today you can have your photo taken with a life-size replica of the juvenile mastodon just of the highway at Mastodon Ridge in Stewiacke.
Down the road in Maitland is where the largest full-rigged ship in Canada was built and launched (in 1874). And who could miss the giant statue of the legendary Mi'kmaw hero Glooscap towering 40 feet tall off highway 102 near Truro at the Glooscap Heritage Centre and Mi'kmaw Museum?
The Masstown Market recently completed construction on a 50ft. lighthouse. This magnificent structure (with a phenomenal view I might add) just so happens to be about the height of an average Fundy tide.
If you have ever been to the Town of Oxford you've probably seen the friendly giant wild blueberry greeting you to the "Wild Blueberry Capital of Canada." Nova Scotia is the largest processor of wild blueberries in the world!
Springhill's Anne Murray is a giant in the music industry as one of the most successful female recording artists of all time. You can learn more about her career at the Anne Murray Centre in Springhill.
I would be remiss if I did not mention Anna Swan. Born near the seaside community of Tatamagouche in 1846, Anna Swan was a giantess who achieved fame worldwide performing with P.T. Barnum's American Museum in New York City. She weighed approximately 18 pounds at birth and grew to a height of 7 feet 11 inches! You can learn more about Anna (and her husband the "Kentucky Giant") at the Creamery Square Heritage Centre in Tatamagouche.
I think it's safe to say that the little province of Nova Scotia is kind of a "big" deal. Good luck on your quest to find more Nova Scotia giants.