“The Biggest Small Town in Canada”: Miniature Exhibit featuring landmarks and skylines from across the country

TORONTO – A new exhibit in Toronto showcases miniature landmarks and skylines from across Canada in a unique tribute to the country.

Double Little CanadaJean-Louis Brenninkmeijer told CTV National News that the idea for the mini animated replica of the nation’s familiar sites came from exhibits he saw growing up in Europe.

The founder and president of Little Canada says he’s also loved model trains since he was 12 years old.

“Anything miniature, I just got passionate about it,” Brenninkmeijer said.

Brenninkmeijer and his team of 50 model makers basically built a $ 24 million oar that goes from day to night with state of the art LED lighting.

Located in downtown Toronto, the exhibit is expected to open to the public in the coming weeks once COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed further.

Once it finally opens, the team hopes their small display will give visitors and residents a stronger connection to Canada.

The exhibit currently includes five destinations: Little Niagara, Little Golden Horseshoe, Little Toronto, Little Ottawa and Petit Québec.

While the exhibit currently features less than half of the country, its creators say there is still a lot to see.

“Welcome to Little Toronto, Canada’s largest small city,” Little Canada General Manager John Phillipson said, giving CTV News a taste of the exhibit.

From a normally bustling Union Station, with the Toronto skyline illuminated behind, to Parliament Hill on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, the exhibit is highly detailed.

“When you walk around Little Canada you will see famous landmarks like of course Niagara Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Chateau Frontenac, CN Tower, Rogers Center with the opening and closing of the dome,” explained Phillipson. .

Little Canada isn’t just about sites, however. The creators have also gone to great lengths to show Canadians going about their daily lives around these sites.

The exhibit even features tiny cyclists pedaling the streets and in-game hockey mini-games.

“Everything moves in Little Canada, so of course we have moving trains, but we have moving cars and trucks, we have moving boats on the great waterways – everything moves through town,” he said. said Phillipson.

“At night, it’s magical to see the lights of cars moving through the streets,” he added.

In order to create Little Canada, the team used 3D printers as well as some handmade portions like some of the monuments seen in Montreal.

It’s a massive – albeit small-scale – project that Brenninkmeijer started in 2011.

“I am very excited, it has been a long 10 year journey,” said Brenninkmeijer.

The team is working to add northern Canada to the exhibit and then plan to incorporate the east coast of Canada, followed by the Prairies.

“In the Rockies all the way to the West Coast until Little Canada crosses from coast to coast,” Phillipson said.

Little Canada is slated to open in summer 2021 with tickets should go on sale soon.

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