Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, Canada: Howard the World's Largest Gnome

28 feet tall. With stubby boots and giant hands, he was built over a period of four months in 1998 by Ron Hale to promote Ron's go-cart track. Howard will be moved to nearby Saanich in 2019.
Address:
1660 E. Island Hwy, Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada
Directions:
Stands somewhat back from the road at an Esso gas station, on the west side of Hwy 19/Inland Island Hwy. Nine kilometers south of the junction of Hwys 19 and 4A in Parksville, or 14 kilometers north of the junction of Hwy 19 and Hwy 19A (Island Hwy) in Nanaimo. Look for the Esso sign; it's easier to see from the highway than the gnome.
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Gnome.

Esso Gnome: Largest in Canada

The gnome had been repainted a rather bright blue as of November '14.

[Bruce Triggs, 12/01/2014]
Esso Gnome: Largest in Canada

There used to be a go-cart track and private theme park here before they built the gas station. The gnome is all that's left.

[Paul, 03/24/2013]

The self-described "World Famous Gnome" -- according to its sign -- has been standing on this spot since the 1990s.

World Famous Gnome.

World Famous Nanoose Bay Gnome

A giant 29-foot-tall gnome stands next to an Esso service station just off of Nanoose Bay.

[David Kamada, 08/08/2012]

The gnome was built in the 1990s for a "junk art" show by Nanoose Bay resident Ron Hale. Maybe the next visitor tipster can ask someone there how it wound up at the gas station.

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