How tourists flock to Canadian town called Dildo to take selfies

How tourists flock to the Canadian town called Dildo to take selfies by the road sign but end up loving the place, according to locals

  • Dildo is located in north-eastern Canada and was founded and named in 1700s
  • The town’s name originates from the wooden peg used to lock oars into boats 
  • Visitors flock to town to snap selfies next to road signs with the unusual name

The small town of Dildo in Canada unsurprisingly attracts tourists who want to take selfies next to the road sign.

But locals are urging visitors to stay and explore, insisting that ‘there’s a lot more to the place than a quirky name’.

Those that do explore, say residents, end up loving the place.

The small town of Dildo in Canada unsurprisingly attracts tourists who want to take selfies next to the road sign

The small town of Dildo in Canada unsurprisingly attracts tourists who want to take selfies next to the road sign

The Daily Beast website dispatched a reporter to the settlement, which is home to 1,500 people, and she found herself in a ‘charming’ seaside spot.

Roger George, one of the five partners behind the Newfoundland town’s craft beer company, told her: ‘People may come to Dildo for the name, but when they come they discover it’s much more than this quirky name.

‘It’s a beautiful place of hardworking people.’

And Paula McEntegart, who runs the Music and Friends Café and Dildo Boat Tours and Adventures, told her that she wants the place to be known as somewhere to ‘throw your worries away and come and just relax’.

The question on every visitor’s lips, of course, is why the town is so named.

It’s believed that it originates from the 18th-century name of the wooden peg used to lock oars in position on a traditional boat used by Newfoundland cod fishermen.

There had been a campaign in the 1980s to change the name of the town but residents were keen for it to remain as Dildo and the petition failed.

Now locals even capitalise on the name to encourage tourists to visit, with a festival called Dildo Days, led by mascot Captain Dildo, held every year.

There had been a campaign in the 1980s to change the name of the town, pictured, but residents were keen for it to remain as Dildo and the petition failed

There had been a campaign in the 1980s to change the name of the town, pictured, but residents were keen for it to remain as Dildo and the petition failed

Other attractions include strolling along next to picturesque homes and whale, seabird and iceberg-spotting trips – plus sampling tasty food at the Dildo Dory Grill.

The Daily Beast highly recommends the Dildo Sticky Pudding.

After visiting Dildo, tourists might like to check out some of Canada’s other unusually named towns – Come By Chance (an hour’s drive from Dildo) and Spread Eagle Island.  

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