When you’re little, everyone and everything around you can seem big, but just consider the size of the statues around this little fellow in the blue shirt.

Scale can be fun. While the painted orca is roughly two meters high, and its apparent enormity is a trick of the eye, the tin solider truly is as tall as he looks. Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest tin soldier, he stands 9.75 meters tall, weighs 4,540 kilogrrams … and stands on size 60 boots!

Sargeant Major Soldier, as he’s known, has proudly guarded the New Westminster Quay, overlooking the mighty Fraser River, since 2002. He was created to honour the Columbia Detachment of Royal Engineers who, between 1859 and 1863, founded, surveyed and set out the City of New Westminster.

Big Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

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