November 02, 2010

Canada's Most Ironic Roadside Attraction

What is the purpose of the roadside attraction? By definition, an attraction (from a tourism perspective) is "something that draws visitors by providing something of interest or pleasure."

In other words, it's the coolest thing around so you've just gotta see it!

I love roadside attractions.

They've got a roadside attraction in Haines Junction, Yukon.  Locally, it is referred to affectionately as "the muffin".  I can't imagine why.

I have taken it upon myself to designate the Haines Junction "muffin" as Canada's Most Ironic Roadside Attraction, where irony is defined as "happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this".

The muffin is an ironic attraction because this is designated as the attraction...

... when these are the views directly across the street.

Which do you think draws the visitors?


Traci said...

I would agree with your designation! I love roadside attractions, too. My blog, “Go BIG or Go Home,” chronicles what happens when our small-town family visits the “world’s largest…” whatever! This week we feature the tallest tree house in BC:

Meandering Michael said...

Very cool!

dogsled_stacie said...

Gah, the hideous muffin! I didn't even notice that butt-ugly thing until a couple of years ago... the mountains always grabbed my attention! (and Frosty Freeze)

Heather, aka: Mum said...

Note to those visiting: When purchsing a postcard of the Muffin, the Prospector, on the top, is wearing a different shirt & pants than he is wearing today! Guess somewhere along the line someone goofed up ;

Anonymous said...

Do you know the muffin man? Not the one from Drury lane, but this one?