Here’s your whacky Canadian fact of the day! Two hours east of Toronto, you’ll find a little place called Campbellford which has been “coined” as Canada’s official toonie town.
According to Visit Trent Hills, The Royal Canadian Mint proclaimed Campbellford as “The Home of the Two Dollar Coin” back in 1997.
The town even has a massive statue of a toonie in its local park, which stands 27 feet tall and 18 feet in diameter.
It was constructed by local metalsmith, Steve Redden and was overseen by the Mint, so you know it’s a larger-than-life replica of the real thing.
The statue is located along the Trent River in Old Mill Park, and it was built in 2001.
On it is the familiar image of the polar bear on northern ice.
The design was created by a Trent Hills local named Brent Townsend, who is a wildlife and landscape artist.
This town has somewhat of an obsession with toonies. This statue is actually the second $2 coin monument built for Campbellford.
“The first one was built in 1996 by the Town of Campbellford, which stood only a few feet away from the current monument,” says Visit Trent Hills.
The first one was 7 feet smaller and took 100 hours to make, with over 700 white and yellow lights.
Clearly, this was not a big enough toonie for the town of Campbellford!
Believe it or not, this is not the only giant Canadian coin statue you’ll find in Ontario.
The region of Echo Bay near Sault Ste. Marie has a big ole’ loonie statue, and Sudbury has a giant 30-foot nickel.
Whether you’re an avid coin collector or simply love an unusual roadside attraction, it’s time to pay these spots a visit!