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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

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