Melita, Manitoba, Canada: Jay The Banana

Huge banana statue combines Melita's reputation as a prime viewing spot for blue jays and its "Banana Belt" climate, slightly warmer than the rest of Canada. But no bananas grow here.
Address:
Front St., Melita, MB, Canada
Directions:
Highway 83 and the corner of Front Street. Melita is in the southwest corner of Manitoba 33 kilometers north of the US border.
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Jay the Banana. Jay The Banana

Passing through Melita, Manitoba on Highway 83 at the corner of Front Street in the town there is a giant banana statue. The Banana is named Jay and is holding a Blue jay and wearing a wrestling style championship Belt.

Melita is supposed to be a prime location in Manitoba to view blue jays, which explains the name of the Banana, but why a Banana? This area is known as the banana belt of Manitoba for its comparatively mild temperatures and rich land where great crops grow, but no one grows bananas there.

My tip for seeing the banana especially if you would like a picture with it, is to go before noon. We went around 4 pm in January and the shadow cast in front of the banana covers the people in the photo.

[Stefanie Edwards, 01/10/2011]

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