On July 1st, 2017, the world’s largest rubber duck arrived at Toronto’s Harbourfront as part of the city’s Canada 150 celebrations.
Clocking in at six storeys tall and 30,000 pound, this structure made waves as the world’s largest rubber duck. Billed as a tourist attraction, the giant duck was brought around to other communities in Ontario after its time in Toronto.
Named Mama Duck, the yellow duck was brought to Toronto by the Redpath Waterfront Festival at a total cost of $200,000.
The cost included renting a duck from a man in the United States, transporting it, inflating it, using a crane to lift it onto a barge, towing the barge, bringing it to other locations in Ontario, marketing, and on-site support like portable toilets and extra fencing.
According to Redpath, Mama Duck brought in over 750,000 visitors over the three-day event, making $7.6 million in economic activity.