Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada: Large Pencil

One of Canada's many larger-than-life roadside attractions. The significance of this 30-foot-tall pencil is not immediately apparent; perhaps an advert for an office supply shop or business park.
Address:
50 Balls Drive, Bracebridge, ON, Canada
Directions:
Hwy 118W to Balls Drive, then drive northwest for a half-mile. You'll see the pencil ahead on the left.
Admission:
Free
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Large Pencil

It was so cool to come across my Dad's pencil on the internet. My father (Franklin W. Brown) completed that building in 1987 as a new home for his businesses: Muskoka Office Supply and Muskoka Litho. He had the pencil custom-made in Bracebridge from a cedar pole soon after the building was complete, or within a few years anyway. It certainly got some local attention over the years, but to see it as a roadside attraction now is quite the chuckle. My father passed away in 1997 and the businesses were sold. In 2002 the business moved to a new location and left the pencil behind. Miss you, Dad.

[nancy brown, 07/07/2016]

Giant pencil.

Large Pencil

Now that I've found my misplaced pencil I shall write down some information about it. Oh, wait, I got nothing. A whole bunch of nothing. I'll leave the pencil here for the next person. I hope you take better notes than me.

[Cheryl Ann Rondinelli, 05/06/2014]

The pencil, as tall as the nearby power poles, apparently serves as a sign for an adjacent office building, and probably comes in handy as a winter snow gauge. It's been here since 2010, and possibly long before that.


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