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Travels with Brian

Travel staffer Brian Cantwell, his wife and their two cats traversed the Oregon shore in a rented motorhome. Read their adventures here.

June 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

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The dopey-Canadian-icons-we-love photo album (with celebrity spokesmodel)

Posted by Brian Cantwell

Here's an entry from Lilli:

Never let it be said that I have not suffered for my art.

OK, maybe posing in front of dopey Canadian icons isn't quite an art form, but it sounds better than "I have suffered for the sake of patriotic gimmicks." Besides, I was putting real effort into my modeling. I think I was really getting close to answering that age-old question: "How does a giant hockey stick feel?"

Anyway, my hard work and bravery in the face of gawking tourists is about to pay off, for here it is, what you've all been waiting for: The Amazing Gallery of Dopey Canadian Icons with Lilli! Ever yearned to see my charming visage paired with a giant teddy bear in a Mountie uniform? You're in the right place! How about an oversized stuffed moose? We've got it! Cardboard cutout Mountie? Check! Ah, you cry, but surely there's no giant hockey stick? Well, we've got you covered there, too.

So come along and take a gander at these lovable, if slightly daft, symbols from our friendly neighbors to the north!


Two, two, two icons in one: the bear in a Mountie uniform in front of a Victoria T-shirt shop.


The obligatory Canadian moose outside a Victoria souvenir shop.


Sorry, but Dudley Do-right made it hard to keep a straight face around guys in Mountie uniforms. This standup cutout grins from the front window of a RCMP office in Nanaimo.


What's claimed to be the world's largest hockey stick (and at 205 feet and 61,000 pounds, do you doubt it?) runs the length of the hockey arena in Duncan, B.C., south of Nanaimo. The stick was created for the Expo '86 World's Fair in Vancouver. Civic-minded Duncaners raised $150,000 to bring the stick to their town after the fair.

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