In preparation for the Rails to Trails Festival, August 10-13, 2017 in Brockville and the arrival of the Ontario 150 Tour and the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, we gave the owners of “The Big Duck” a call to find answers to our most pressing questions:
How tall is the duck? 61 feet
How much does the duck weigh? 30 000 pounds
What material is it made out of? Vinyl and rubber
How long has it been around for? 3 years
We saw some pictures on Instagram that showed the duck lit up at night, how is that done? She has high intensity lighting inside of her.
Can I get a ride? Unfortunately not. Since she weighs the same as approximately two African elephants, she is a safety hazard and cannot be ridden
How close can a personal watercraft get to her?: Personal watercrafts are encouraged to stay at least 25 feet from her, as she can be dangerous if it is windy.
How long does it take to inflate?: Anywhere between two and four hours.
Why a duck? Rubber ducks are quite universally recognized symbols. It is something everyone can relate to.
Did you know?
- the large duck is affectionatley referred to as Mama Duck, and she has a 10-foot tall baby named Lucky, who will be travelling with her.
- She was originally conceived as part of a TallShips LA event
- This is Mama Duck’s first trip to Canada
- She once spent part of an evening in the Delaware river
The Big Duck is just one of the many activities that will be happening at Brockville’s waterfront during the Rails to Trails Festival, including the grand opening of Canada’s First Railway Tunnel, Carnivale Lune Bleue and Brockville Ribfest, just to name a few. Be sure to check the festival’s website for updates as we get closer to the event.