Last week when I was in Canada and we were driving further and further North through Ontario, I started to notice something on the side of the road that I'd never seen before.

At first I just noticed what looked like random piles of rocks here and there. But as we got further up the road, I noticed the sculptures getting larger and more elaborate.

And there was a familiarity that I couldn't quite put my finger on.

It turns out they're a very specific nod to Canada's indigenous history.

They're called "Inukshuk", and the anthropomorphic stone creations were used by Canada's ancient natives for navigational purposes.

So why did they look familiar to me? You might remember that 2010's Olympics in Vancouver used a large Inukshuk statue built at Whistler Mountain as one of the iconic symbols of the games.

The funny part is that my hosts barely noticed. They see them every day. In fact, it's apparently tradition that when you break down on the side of the road or have to take a break, you build an Inukshuk as a sort of "I was here" symbol. One of my hosts called them "rock graffiti". But I thought they were cool, unique, and very much tied to the local folklore (and yes, that is a photo of my world traveling teddy bear at an Inukshuk in the picture above!).

So what features are unique to us here at the shore? What do you think is something that we see every day and take for granted, but visitors might find to be interesting local features? Comment below and join in!


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