Get to know BC: the World’s Largest Paddle

A large wooden paddle sits in a concrete holder on its side. Trees and mountains can be seen in the background.

The World’s Largest Paddle is in Golden, BC.

“Get to know BC” is a new occasional feature with fun facts about the province.

The small town of Golden, BC is home
to the world’s largest hand paddle/oar.
The Guinness Book of World Records
listed the entry earlier this year.

This paddle is 13 times larger
than an actual oar.
It is over 2.8 metres (9 feet) high
and 18 metres (60 feet) long.
It weighs 2,400 kg (5,300 pounds)!

Mark Teasdale,
owner of wildlife tour company Columbia Wetlands Adventure,
asked woodworker Dave Stonehouse to help create the massive paddle.
They used a Western Red Cedar log. It took 10 days to build.
Workers spent over 200 hours creating it.

The paddle is now situated near the banks of the Columbia River.

Submitted by Tamara Lee • Sources: Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and • Photo: Dave Best, Best Impressions Photography