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World's Largest Hand Paddle / Oar

Step off the highway for a breath of fresh air and a great photo opportunity, world record views, and a truly Canadian experience.

Certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title as the 'Largest Hand Paddle / Oar' and based on an actual paddle, this proportionally correct monolith is scaled up 13 times to over 60 feet - perfect for a 78-foot giant! Nestled below the towering Canadian Rocky Mountains, the World’s Largest Paddle provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Columbia River Valley near Golden, BC.

Initially sparked by an off-the-cuff remark while brainstorming highway signage options, the idea of building a giant paddle took root in the imagination of owner Mark Teasdale. Six months later Mark surprised master woodworker Dave Stonehouse with a request to tackle the project, and a dream was born.

What does it take to build the world’s largest paddle?

  • One Western Red Cedar log, over 60 feet long
  • One 4' x 44' slab of LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
  • 5,300 lbs of materials in total
  • 200 hours of labour
  • 4 gallons of Varathane
  • a love of place and a great sense of humour

Quick Facts

  • Length: 18.573 m ( 60.9 feet)
  • Height: 2.8 m (9.2 feet)
  • Weight: 2,404 kg ( 5,300 lbs)
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
Tripadvisor
4.0 based on 23 reviews
“Yep, it’s a Large Paddle”
Yep, it’s a Large Paddle
September 26, 2021, by K G
It isn’t clear what the attraction of a large paddle is, but it didn’t get more interesting at close range. If you are driving by, you can see it, but it’s not worth a detour. It isn’t mind-blowingly...
“ONE BIG A$$ PADDLE!”
ONE BIG A$$ PADDLE!
April 22, 2021, by Rockstar665
Wow that’s a big paddle!! This is definitely worth a little stop! It is right off the highway pretty much exactly 25kms east of Golden. If you are driving from west to east on your left-hand side...
“Worth the stop ”
Worth the stop
March 06, 2021, by Moscato-Mama
This neat little stop is about 30 km south of Golden on the Trans Canada Hwy. If you don't know it's there you're likely to miss it. We were there in March 2021 when there was still quite a bit of...
2627 Highway 95
Parson, BC
Canada