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…

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canada Day in Vancouver featured some interesting sights!

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

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A funny fish sign in Steveston Village near Vancouver.

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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?

6 comments

  1. 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

    • Alison
      Author

      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. 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.

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