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Replica of Columbus ship Santa Maria.

Columbus Ship at Canada's Largest Shopping Mall

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Edmonton, Alberta

The largest shopping mall in Canada -- over 5 million square feet with more than 800 stores -- contains a full-size indoor replica of Columbus's flagship. With colorful sails and carvings, the Santa Maria is beached on a raft of stones in the middle of a 2.5-acre artificial pond beneath the mall's vast vaulted glass dome.

Some Canadians refer to it as a pirate ship, either mistakenly or metaphorically. One local Cree artist wanted to unleash hungry beavers on the boat to sink it.

The replica ship was was hand-carved in Vancouver, British Columbia, and then transported in flatbed trucks to Edmonton. The original Santa Maria hit a rock off of Haiti in 1492 and was lost.

Columbus Ship at Canada's Largest Shopping Mall

West Edmonton Mall

8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada
170 St. NW and 87 Ave. NW. Use Simmons parking lot for the fastest access to the ship.
Daily opens at 10 or 11 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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