Carousel Characters

Carousel Characters

Patrick Amiot created each sculpture as a one of a kind art piece. Brigitte Laurent painted the characters with elegant panache. Working closely with the premier North American carousel builder Daniel Horenberger, they created a unique phenomenon, resulting in the only existing 21st century solar generated fine art carousel that highlights Canadaʼs rich history and distinct national cultural identity.

Lobster: The East Coast of Canadaʼs culture and economy, is rooted in fisheries and seafood.

Moon: Like all peoples around the world the moon is woven into Canadaʼs folklore and culture.

Female “Mountie”: Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada’s national police force.

Niagara Falls: One of Canada’s beloved natural wonders, famous for lovers and the daredevils who still risk their lives going over the falls in barrels.

Orca Whale: A symbol of the wild and majestic West Coast of Canada.

School Bus: Children all over the country, ride the big yellow bus to and from school.

Ski Hill – Whistler: Whistler, British Columbia, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, features some of the greatest ski slopes in the world.

Snowblower: An essential tool now found in most Canadian homes, the snow blower was first invented in 1870 by Robert Carr Harris of New Brunswick.

Sockeye Salmon: Much of the history, economy and culture of Canada’s West Coast is linked to the Pacific salmon.

Astro Spaceship: A tribute to Canada’s contribution to space exploration and the achievements like the Canadarm.

Farming Tractor: A salute to Canada’s great prairie and dubbed the breadbasket of the world, Ontarioʼs Vincent Massey is a world famous manufacturer of farm equipment.

Mermaid: A visual reference to Canadaʼs rich marine history.

Telephone: The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 in Nova Scotia.

Trout: A favourite of the angler, the Trout lives in the pristine wilderness of the rushing rivers and lakes of Canada.

Bathtub Boat: A salute to the World Championship Bathtub Race hosted by Nanaimo, British Columbia.

VW Bug & Bus: In the 1960ʼs the VW Beetle convertible was one of the most popular cars in Canada. The preference of “hippies” and new age people, crossing the country and living green, was a common sight on Canadaʼs West Coast.

Santa’s Sleigh: Children across the country listen for Santaʼs Sleigh on Christmas Eve. It is the main attraction of any Christmas parade.

Fiddle: The fiddle is the traditional folk instrument of Canada, integral to the Maritime and French Canadian cultures.

Blue Nose: A famous fishing and unbeaten racing Schooner from Nova Scotia, it is the image on the Canadian dime.

Cultural Tales: Stories told generation to generation: this piece is of “La Chasse Galerie”: a French Canadian tale of a bewitched canoe and a deal made with the devil in exchange for one night of love.

Canadian Gardens: A popular garden in Canada is the Van Dusen Botanical Garden, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hot Rod: Painted with Canadian colours red and white, this car references Canadaʼs rich automobile history, both manufacturing and hobbyist. The face of the car celebrates the tradition of Halloween.

Ice Fisher: Generations of Canadians enjoy ice fishing, some making shelters on the ice that remain all winter, providing a place to fish and gather together.

Raccoon: Not one to stay in the wild, the urban raccoon prefers making its home in cities such a Toronto.

Horse: A salute to horse culture in Canada, namely the ranch country of Alberta and the tradition of the Calgary Stampede.

Rabbit: The Dominion of Canada was formed in 1867 and according to the Chinese calendar this makes Canada a rabbit. It is also a symbol of Easter, celebrated widely throughout Canada.

Duck, Male Mallard: The iridescent green head of the male mallard duck is a favorite at all Canadian parks.

Corn: Summer corn, grown across the country is everyoneʼs fall favorite at a BBQ, and worth the long wait. Health Canada regulates the sale of Genetically Modified Corn.

Duck, Female Mallard: This duck is also a favourite at all parks and ponds, eager for people to feed them.

Canada Goose: Iconic, many Canadians look to the sky for the telltale “V” announcing the changing of the seasons.

Skate: Outdoor ice skating dates long before the colonials came to North America. First Nations peoples skated out of necessity. Europeans developed it for sport. Canada is known for being a hockey nation, and the home of speed skating.

Pig: Canadians love their pork, and outside of Canada “Canadian Bacon” is universally celebrated.

Skidoo: The skidoo was originally designed by Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Quebec. It remains critical to the culture of the great Canadian north and sports enthusiasts across the country.

Skate: The joys of winter in Canada include the tradition of skating on frozen ponds and lakes, and even endless rivers immortalized by songs like Joni Mitchellʼs “River.”

Canoeist: First Nations People are the original Canadians; Canadaʼs history saw our cultures woven together forever.

Wheat Train (Chariot): Canadaʼs prairies have an international reputation as being the breadbasket of the world. Fields, seemingly endless, stretch as far as the eye can see, interrupted by grain elevators, placed along the railway, to load this precious cargo onto trains that transport it across Canada and the world.

Cow Truck: In days gone by, milk, cheese and all dairy products used to be delivered to Canadian families door to door.

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver: Fundamental in making accessible the many rugged and remote areas of Canada, the De Havilland Beaver linked bush camps, islands and remote settlements in the great white north.

Train (Chariot): The Canadian Pacific Railway was formed to physically unite Canada and Canadians from coast to coast. It symbolizes the birth of economic nationalism and economic development.

Honey Bee: A tradition brought to Canada by the Europeans, the taste of honey can be analyzed like wine, the flavour describing the flowering plants and character of the Canadian landscape.

Lumberjack Beaver: The Beaver is Canadaʼs national animal and as such is celebrated by being on our nickel. One of the first economies was based on the trade of Beaver pelts to make popular hats then fashionable in Europe. The Beaver is also a Canadian magazine. It is the oldest continuously published magazine in North America.

Hen & Rooster: The alarm clock for many generations of Canadian families. The staple animal of most Canadian farms.

Green Passenger Train Car (Chariot): Because of its vastness, one of the best ways to see Canada is on a long train ride across the country.

Red Caboose: After the engine, and after all the freight cars, at the very end of the train is the caboose, the darling of the train to most children, hoping to get a wave from the conductor.

Moose (Chariot): One of Canadaʼs most majestic wild creatures, inhabiting the land coast to coast and the prized trophy of many hunters.

Mountie: Male member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadaʼs national police force.

Rocket: A tribute to a Canadian Hockey legend, #9 of the Montréal Canadiens, Maurice “Rocket” Richard.