Quirky Canada: Funny Signs And Eccentric People

Besides being a beautiful, fascinating country to visit, Canada is also brimming with quirkiness. From the hippie vibe on Vancouver Island to the fabulous eccentricity of Montreal, I definitely saw the quirky side of Canada.

I’ve put together some photographs of the weird and wonderful sights I encountered in quirky Canada. The Darth Vader violinist in Victoria – the capital of British Columbia – has to be my favourite! Take a look…

coffee quote sign in coffee shop

coffee quote sign in coffee shop

funny coffee quotes, coffee shop sign

These amusing coffee quotes adorned the wall of the Euro Bakery Cafe in Commericial Drive, Vancouver. This is a great cafe to visit if you enjoy bagels and crepes.

quirky plant pots in canada

Quirky flower pots at the Old Country Market in Coombs, Vancouver Island. This whole area – which is better known as ‘Goats on the Roof‘ because there are actually goats on the roof – epitomized eccentricity.

quirky signs tofino

Somebody in Tofino, Vancouver Island was obviously near breaking point when they decided to name their home Wit’s End.

wishing well in garden, canada

I loved this charming wishing well that was randomly located in a Victoria garden.

darth vader violinist busker, victoria, canada

The Darth Vader violinist of Victoria – hands down the best busker I’ve ever encountered!

horse statue in calgary

Calgary is famous for its horses and cowboys and this old chap was a real feature in the centre.

man clock in montreal

Isn’t this a cool clock? I spotted it in Montreal.

pirate at montreal festival

dog on bike in montreal

An angry pirate and cute ‘first-aid dog’ at a naval heritage festival in at the Old Port in Montreal.

quirky pumpkins halloween

Crazy mini pumpkins spotted at the Jean-Talon Market, Montreal, in the run-up to Halloween.

street pianist in montreal

A musician happily playing the piano on the pavement in Montreal. 

street art in ottawa

Considerate bilingual street art in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.

funny church sign in banff

Some questions cannot be answered by Google, according to this church in Banff, a small town in the Canadian Rockies.

laughing statue in vancouver

Laughing statues at English Bay in Vancouver – a popular spot to pose for photos.

canada day vancouver

Canada Day in Vancouver featured some interesting sights!

funny art, emily carr centre, granville island

This exhibit at the Emily Carr University in Granville Island, Vancouver, made me laugh A LOT.

tod the cod sign in steveston village, canada

A funny fish sign in Steveston Village near Vancouver.

plant pot car, kensington market, toronto

How amazing is this car plant pot at Kensington Market in Toronto!?

What is your favourite photo of quirky Canada? Do you enjoy taking funny photos on your travels?


    • February 3, 2013 / 19:34

      Glad you found it funny! I’ve got a proper kid’s sense of humour haha

  1. February 3, 2013 / 10:39

    I absolutely love your blog, it is almost a kick up the ass to me to get travelling, it is my ultimate dream to travel the world but have not been able to do so as of yet (sadly). I want to try plan it this year possibly starting either in Europe or Asia, the only thing delaying it is finances and annoyingly responsibilities, I have got to the age where all of my friends are settling down and less interested in Adventures whereas I am still that big child who wants to explore the world, I keep waiting for the right people to join me but after reading your solo trips its almost a wake up call to stop being so silly, I am intimidated by solo travel as I have had bad experiences in the past and still hope to get a motley crue of like minded adventure fiends together but in a way I have the wanderlust now to do at least one trip alone…….I appreciate this kick up the ass ;P

    • February 3, 2013 / 19:39

      Hi Sam, welcome! Trust me, if I can travel solo anybody can! I’m not a confident person and, in the past, the idea of solo travel was terrifying, but it’s the best thing you can do. Canada is a great pick for a solo traveller as it’s so safe and friendly. I met loads of other solo travellers so you’ve always got the option of being with others – if you’re staying in hostels especially! Go for it, where there’s a will there’s a way ;-)

  2. February 3, 2013 / 22:33

    Haha I hope to, I have the idea of starting in Europe is a good starting point, though I have an obsession of discovering Asia, I do hear a lot of stories about solo travelling but then the media make it sound soooooo dangerous in comparison, kind of still hoping this year I can get a crew of people together to make the experience more an adventure but still plan on doing a solo trip, just not sure where, it is massively intimidating, especially in a non english speaking country, but I need to get over the silly fears and well…..DO IT!! haha, almost wish I knew you when you began your journey so I could hop on the adventure.