Saanich, British Columbia, Canada: Howard, World's Tallest Gnome (In Transition)

28 feet tall, stubby boots and giant hands, built over a period of four months in 1998 by Ron Hale to promote a go-cart track. Currently under repair; to be unveiled in Fall 2019.

Galey Farms

Galey Farms. North of McKenzie Ave.
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In Transition

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Howard, World's Tallest Gnome.

Howard, World's Tallest Gnome

A report on CTV news hints that Howard the Gnome's move to his new home in Saanich is not going as smoothly as was hoped. Over 100 towns in the U.S. and Canada offered to take Howard when he had to leave his previous home in Nanoose Bay; Rob Galey in Saanich won the bidding because Howard's previous owner wanted the Gnome to remain on Vancouver Island, and because Galey has promised to restore and even mechanize the giant creature.

But it turns out that Saanich has a height restriction for outdoor displays, and Howard, the World's Tallest Gnome, is 17 inches too tall.

According to Galey, Saanich officials said, "just shorten him," but that would jeopardize his world record height, and what part of him would be lopped off? Some have suggested standing Howard in an 18-inch-deep hole, but Galey said that "stipulations" made that unlikely as well. It was hoped that Howard would stand again in time for the Island's pumpkin festival in October, but those plans may have to be changed.

[ Team, 05/11/2019]


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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