Toronto's famous miniature attraction is about to expand with a new section
Little Canada has established itself as a popular tourist destination in Toronto since opening in 2021, and the miniature display depicting scenes from across the nation is about to expand with a new addition.
The attraction at Yonge and Dundas will debut its new Little East Coast section on May 19, giving visitors a shrunken-down depiction of Canada's Maritime provinces.
Visitors will be able to explore miniaturized cultural destinations and landmarks from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia. Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, in the exhibit's first major update since opening almost two years ago.
Little East Coast will occupy 720 square feet of display space at Little Canada, introducing new sights to the attraction including the Bay of Fundy with its famous tides, Cape Breton Island and its Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, and the breathtaking fjords of Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park.
Visitors will also get to see landmarks like Green Gables and Confederation House in PEI, Pays de la Sagouine and Metepenagiag Heritage Park in New Brunswick, Peggy's Cove lighthouse and the Bluenose II in Nova Scotia and Signal Hill, St. John's Harbour and L'Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland.
Brad Ford, president of Little Canada (shouldn't his title be Prime Minister?), says that "Little East Coast is the product of tens of thousands of hours of painstaking craftsmanship by more than 40 highly skilled Miniature Makers."
Ford boasts that the exhibit is "an exceptional miniature representation of Atlantic Canada and truly captures the essence of this unique region."
But Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Little Canada, says there is much more to the new addition than the landmarks themselves.
"Although visitors will be amazed by the miniature recreations of so many familiar Atlantic Canadian features, we expect they will be astonished by the tiny cultural scenes and stories of everyday life that fill Little East Coast; we encourage them to look very closely when they visit as there is so much to see," says Brenninkmeijer.
Some of the finer details awaiting visitors include the miniaturized people and objects interacting with the landmarks.
These include tiny boats off coasts, a costumed guide leading a walking tour through Charlottetown, a depiction of The North American Indigenous Games, and other small treats for those who take the time to pore over the details.
Brenninkmeijer calls the construction of this miniature Maritimes "a daunting task," but says the team is "extremely proud of the results."
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