World’s Largest Garden Gnome, Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada


World’ Largest Garden Gnome is located on Vancouver Island at 1660 E. Island Hwy, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia in Canada.

The folks at Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized the 7.91 meters (or 25 feet 11 inches) tall gnome in November of 2012.

The towering gnome (aka, “Howard”) was built in 1998 by Ron Hale for a junk art show and soon became the mascot for a go-cart track which Hale operated. Hale has since sold the property. An Esso gas station resides there today.

The gnome was constructed from scrap metal lying about his garage and other bits and pieces he gathered from the nearby mill in Port Alberni. Hale build a frame for the gnome out of scrap metal in three section (head, torso, legs). For the exterior, he used everything from paper, Styrofoam, ice cream buckets and bleach bottles

Carved Wood Sign in Front of the World's Largest Gnome in Nanoose Bay, Canada

Carved Wood Sign in Front of the World’s Largest Gnome in Nanoose Bay, Canada

Ron Hale and his wife, Disa had submitted their gnome to Guinness in the past, but they’re claim was denied. To win the title, the current owner of the land, and Esso Gas Station Manager had to provide official documentation, have the gnome measured by licensed surveyors, and provide pictures and witnesses stating the truth of the matter.

If you want to take a roadside trip to see the cheery-faced gnome, he can found along on the west side of Hwy 19/Inland Island Hwy, usually holding a pole displaying the Canadian flag.

NOTE: In 2019, Vancouver Island’s Gnome was seeking a new home due it being in disrepair. He was sold to Galey Farms near Victoria. In 2020, Howard the Gnome inspired local Vancouver Island author and illustrator Lindsay Ford, and independent publishing house, Bread+Clutter, has turned the story of Howard’s big move into a children’s book. The story explores what happens when a giant moves away from home. How would Howard move? And the even bigger question, would Howard get homesick?

Prior to “Howard the Gnome,” there were two other holders of the Guinness “World’s Largest Gnome” title.

The first was located in the Hudson River Valley in Kerhonkson, New York on the 100-acre Kelder’s Farm, about a half mile east of Highway 3 and Samsonville Road on Route 209 in Ulster County. This concrete gnome, was known as Chomsky, and stood about 13 feet tall.

Then came Elwood the Gnome, aka The World’s Largest “Concrete” Gnome. He lived in the Reiman Gardens on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and stood fifteen feet tall and weighed 3,500 pounds.

Outside of North America, there is 17.7 foot (5.4 meter) Dwarf statue in Noma Sol, Poland made in 2009 by MALPOL Fiberglass Statuary.

World’s Largest Garden Gnome
1660 E. Island Hwy,
Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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