All across the province, along major highways and small country lanes, stand a large number of roadside monuments that remind us that Quebec is an amazingly weird place. There’s a giant statue of a man with moose antlers, there’s a lookout in the shape of a cow, there are big trucks, whales, puffins, dinosaurs, and a lot of roadside shrines. They can be visited on a leisurely summer road trip when a detour to take a selfie with a tyrannosaurus rex is the order of the day.  

Some are meant to be advertisements for local businesses, others are there for religious or historical reasons but whatever they’re there for, they’ve become monuments to individuality, free expression, and weirdness.  

So, pack up and get going because there’s no better place to let the sun shine on your soul than the open road.

Cow Lookout

Price: Free

Address: St-Georges-de-Windsor, Quebec   

Why You Need To Go: The residents of St-Georges-de-Windsor take pride in their cheese and they’re not afraid to show it, so they constructed a lovely cow-shaped lookout that will give you all the views.

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The Dinosaurs Of The Madrid 2.0 Rest Stop 

Price: Free

Address: Saint-Léonard-d'Aston, Quebec (Highway 20, Exit 202, Rang du Moulin-Rouge)

Why You Need To Go: Do you think anything can tricera-top these dinosaur statues in the lovely town of Saint-Léonard-d'Aston? I dino think so. 

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Giant Puffins

Price: Free

Address: Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec   

Why You Need To Go: This achingly-beautiful community in the Côte-Nord region of the province is known for its marine life. So it should come as no surprise that someone decided to erect these puffin statues as a tribute to seabirds that live in colonies around the town's shores.

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Caterpillar 789 Dump Truck

Price: Free

Address: Fermont, Quebec     

Why You Need To Go: The small mining community of Fermont is a really cool place with a very male-energy-centric looking coat of arms. It's definitely off the beaten path but if you make it up there, make sure to check out this great big dump truck. It also has a massive housing structure known as le Mur Écran, built to protect the town from frigid Arctic winds.

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Cantine Ben La Bedaine

Price: Free

Address: 599, rue Principale, Granby, Quebec   

Why You Need To Go: It all started in 1950 when Bernard "Ben" Dubé opened his own restaurant, at the tender age of 19. Things went so well they eventually built this huge statue of a man proclaiming his desire to fill your belly.

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Je Suis La Nature

Price: Free

Address: Gaspé, Quebec  

Why You Need To Go: This sculpture of a man-moose by artist Jean-Robert Drouillard near Gaspé is sure to give you pause.   

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The Painted Fire Hydrants Of New Carlisle

Price: Free

Address: New Carlisle, Quebec   

Why You Need To Go: Decorating their fire hydrants to look like cartoon characters is something they excel at in the beautiful little town of New Carlisle.

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Manche d'Epée (Sword Handle)

Price: Free

Address: Manche d'Epee, Quebec

Why You Need To Go: I challenge you to try and pull the sword from the stone of this roadside attraction — but not really because that might be illegal. 

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Ben Lalen Boutique

Price: Free

Address: Sainte-Eulalie  

Why You Need To Go: Most Quebec road trips will mean passing by a roadside shrine or two but this store in Sainte-Eulalie has taken it to a whole different level by mixing in statues of farm animals, cartoon characters, and other fun stuff.

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