Canada plans Ark Park!

O Canada! How could you do this? According to several Canadian news sites, including the National Post and the CBC, there’s going to be an Ark Park in Canada. Reader Bryce alerted me to this noxious development in an email:

I thought you might be interested, if you haven’t already gotten wind of the plans for a new ark park in my hometown of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Typically we don’t see the type of evangelism up here that you do down in the US, but it has become increasingly common, and Saskatchewan is on the more conservative end when it comes to Canadian provinces, much like its neighbor, Alberta, which has its own Creation Museum (sigh).  I thought this might be of interest, as was especially disconcerting to me, as I grew up and lived in Moose Jaw for 18 years.  It is also concerning that none of the “news” sites that reported on this mentioned anything about how the story is completely false.  It is complete pandering. ughh.

And, indeed, neither the Post nor the CBC mention the falsity of the Ark story. More details from the Post:

A Chinese businessman wants to build a biblical theme park in southern Saskatchewan with a massive replica of Noah’s ark complete with animal reproductions and a digital experience of the life of Jesus.

The yet-to-be-named park, which still needs some government approvals, would be next to a private cemetery south of Moose Jaw.

“I’m getting lots of people saying, ‘You’re putting an amusement park on your cemetery?’ Well, it’s nothing of the sort,” said Marc L’Hoir, manager of Sunset Cemetery, who is working on a plan with the developer.

“It’s going to be an educational process where people can come and learn about loving one another. And we need more of that in the world.”

L’Hoir said the owner of the cemetery and the adjoining land is friends with Sun Wenquing, who has already built a Bible-themed park in China.

Sun converted to Christianity from Buddhism in 2009 and has dedicated himself to the religion, said L’Hoir.

“This is part of his legacy he wants to leave behind, that he wants to spread that word.”

Sun told the China Christian Daily last year that it’s his dream to build an ark of the same size referenced in the Bible, which says Noah is warned about a great flood, builds a boat and loads it with two of each animal.

L’Hoir said the Saskatchewan replica would be three-storeys high, 23 metres wide and 135 metres long — nearly the length of a CFL football field. It would also contain a children’s playground.

He said workers from China would be brought in to build the park over four years at a cost of about $1.2 million. The China Christian Daily lists the cost at $40 million.

A tabernacle for worship has already been built in China and shipped to the Saskatchewan site for use in the park, said L’Hoir, who added he’s confident the project will be approved and construction of the ark can begin soon.

Here, courtesy of the Holy Bible Theme Park, are replicas of the Taberbacle and Ark of the Covenant. LOL, they look like they’re made out of Lego blocks!


According to Canadian law, the Hebrew must be supplemented with French letters of identical size


But perhaps this isn’t a done deal yet, for the developers, lying for Jesus, apparently misrepresented the nature of their park:

Mike Wirges, administrator of the Rural Municipality of Moose Jaw, said council approved the development earlier this week of a “passive park” with a walking path, statues and murals.

News that a giant ark was part of the plan came as a shock.

“Those plans were never presented to our municipality,” he said. “Had we known that there was certainly more to it, rest assured, we certainly would have done a little more investigation, hearings.”

Wirges said the ark will need further approvals from the rural municipality as well as the province, since it will be next to a highway. Because the spot is also close to an air-force base, there will also be height restrictions and approval may be needed from Nav Canada.

Here’s what the developers plan; the animals inside will, of course, include Canadian favorites like the beaver, moose, and polar bear:



  1. serendipitydawg
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Another modern building with an ark facade. I wish they would build it for real, just to see how long it would last before collapsing under its own mass.

  2. Posted September 25, 2016 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    It’s like a virus. Oh, well, that’s what religion is.

  3. Posted September 25, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    If this keeps up, we may have enough arks to save all species in case of a world wide flood. If they could float, that is.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Such a waste of time. How many trees to we sacrifice for pure nonsense.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      do idiot do

    • Trish Huesken
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      Mr.Schenk; Saskatchewan is so deprived of trees that we residents of British Columbia firmly believe that when asked for direction in is normal to say,”Go 50 miles down that
      road and turn left at the tree – you can’t miss it.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted September 25, 2016 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

        I’ve never been to Saskatchewan but maybe all the more reason to forget the boat. Sounds more like North Dakota. Not many trees there either.

        • Trish Huesken
          Posted September 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

          Bring your boat to British Columbia – all the lakes in the south-eastern part of the province are long – Kootenay is about 250 miles long;Slocan is the shortest at 60 miles; the Arrow lakes, in reality the Columbia River is 200 miles between dams, and The Okanagan is at a rough guess, 200 miles long – no dams.

  5. chris moffatt
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Ah, my home and native land – marching resolutely into the past.

  6. Flemur
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Big Valley Creation Science Museum
    “#2 of 2 things to do in Big Valley”

  7. Dr. Jim
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Actually Canada already has as many or more creation museums per capita than the US, although they are all small. There are two in Ontario (Goodwood, and Cornwall), another in Winnipeg Manitoba, and another in Big Valley, Alberta. The Bow Island Alberta museum has closed, but is currently relocating to Brooks AB. Red Deer Alberta is home to a fairly large collection of mobile items, that makes the rounds of interested churches, Christian schools, etc.

  8. Alexander
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Interesting. Judging from the images, the Chinese look at Christianity as some kind of carnival. Perhaps this will open some people’s eyes.

    • Posted September 25, 2016 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      And the columns look a bit too Greek to me.

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted September 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

        It’s not until the New Testament that things get Greek in the Bible. I’m not sure if the Christian writers retconned much of the OT, given how easy it would be to check against the Hebrew versions.

        They certainly touched up the NT to put down Jews, as in the fig tree out of season tale.

    • Posted September 26, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      I’m not so sure. I’ve met a large number of Chinese Christians over the years. In fact at my CEGEP they even had their own club. (Which my Taiwanese friend desperately wanted to avoid for social contacts, since she found them prudish. So she hung around with us freethinkers and even picked up an Iranian-origin boyfriend for a while.)

      I’ve also been told that China itself has 50 million Christians, which is of course a drop in the bucket demographically, but large in absolute numbers – all of Canada and then some!

  9. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I am sure the neighbors of the ark park will be pretty quiet about the whole thing 😗.

  10. Billy Bl.
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Canada has no shortage of rednecks, so I’m not too surprised that something like this could happen on the prairies. I am surprised that it’s not in Alberta, which is Canada’s Texas. Bringing in workers from China will likely not fly. This isn’t the 19th century and it’s not a railroad. The prairies are not densely populated, so this, if it happens, will fail financially.

    • Posted September 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      China seems to be doing this a lot. Here in Costa Rica they “donated” a huge national stadium that was built entirely with Chinese labor and mostly Chinese materials. The proposed Nicaraguan shipping canal will use 50% chinese labor and mostly Chinese machines and steel to build it.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted September 25, 2016 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

        That is one way to ensure they don’t get taken to the cleaners by local contractors. Not pointing the finger at Costa Rica, it happens everywhere.

        Also, many (maybe most) aid donor countries do exactly the same.


      • Posted September 26, 2016 at 11:54 am | Permalink

        There’s a whole book about (amongst other things) I bought about a year ago – _China’s Second Continent_, which is about the Chinese in Africa.

        On the other hand, Canada is not a developing country (in the technical sense).

  11. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Maybe it’s not an ark park, just an ark. the Canucks want to make sure that, in the event of a Trumpocalypse, their subarctic arboreals survive till the flood waters recede.

  12. Craw
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Moose Jaw is as likely a place as any to find traces of Noah’s ark.

  13. Donald Terndrup
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Ark Parks do not bother me all that much. After all, one can go to tourist sites celebrating mythical events or mythical people (Paul Bunyan, say). What gets me is somehow the builders and many visitors think the Ark and the Flood were real events.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      Are you saying that guy in Bamige is not real!

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 25, 2016 at 11:23 am | Permalink

        According to my unreliable sources from the film Fargo, Mr. Bunyan and Babe the blue ox hail from Brainerd.🙂

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted September 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

          I think when you are mythical you can be from anywhere and everywhere. Bamige has the large statue right there on highway 71. It also says he was born in Bangor, Maine and three places in Michigan. It’s almost like asking where George Washington slept, only he was real I think.

  14. Marilyn
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    The Ark of the Covenant in that photo looks like the prop from the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

  15. Mattapult
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Re: Biblical Themed Park…

    I’m imagining something a little different. Like a thrill ride where you escape the collapsing building where Sampson killed thousands. A photo op with an alter and knife to recreate Abraham’s “test”–great father-son bonding memories right there. A food both with manna and poisoned quail. Hmmm… how to get that past the health inspector. Character dining where you meet Jesus and put your finger in the wound. Thorny crowns and crucifixion nails for sale at the gift shop. Come join the fun or go to hell for eternity.

  16. Posted September 25, 2016 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    How does the story of the flood and ark teach us “to love one another”? Don’t any of today’s xtians know about the Beatitudes (Matthew 3:5-12)?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      Nothin’ says lovin’ like “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:7)

      • ploubere
        Posted September 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

        It’s nice to know the Big Guy was thinking about us.

  17. Andrew
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I was born and raised in Canada, in Southern Ontario, which is supposed to be fairly liberal from what I hear, and yet I was raised being taught this nonsense, I was home schooled and taught from creationist textbooks that denied evolution and taught the earth is 6000 years old.

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      So just like the newt, you got better. Congrats.

  18. Derek Freyberg
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I think what’s happening is that other fringe groups (like the Institute for Creation Research) and fringe people (like Mr. Sun) are seeing the publicity that Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis are getting from their Ark Fark, and want to share in the loot (er, good tidings).
    But it seems that the Ark Fark is not drawing the number of rubes that Ken had budgeted on, so they may all be digging themselves into a similar but deeper hole – deeper because once you’ve hit one of those places, you’re probably not going to do the rounds of them.

    • Mark R.
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I was going to write that if this business woman were smart, she would wait for the fate of Ham’s Ark Park. If Ham’s fails, then undoubtedly her’s would too.

  19. nwalsh
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Friendly atheist has an item this morning proclaiming that the city of Victoria British Columbia has declared Sept 20th “international blasphemy rights day”…Makes one proud. Take that Moose Jaw.

    • ploubere
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm | Permalink


  20. Posted September 25, 2016 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    “It’s going to be an educational process where people can come and learn about loving one another.”

    You could make the same claim for approval to open a house of prostitution.

    • jeffery
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      When it fails, they can always turn it into a homeless shelter…

      • Alexander
        Posted September 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

        …Or a cruise ship for bible enthousiasts.

  21. Snowshoe the Canuck
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    If the ark gets built, will there be pressure on the community to change its name from Moose Jaw to Ass Jawbone?

  22. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Centrally located in beautiful down town Moose Jaw. Yeah, not the most populated place in Canada and to draw the crowds.

    • Doug
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Really? The fact that it’s the birthplace of Art Linkletter doesn’t draw the crowds?

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted September 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

        You kids say the darndest things.

        It’s a shocker, the crowds don’t flock to the home of that red-hot hipster …

  23. Posted September 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Instead of rain, the Canadian Noah will need to prepare for forty days and forty nights of snow.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted September 25, 2016 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      Yes, they should change plans and build a giant snow blower. Hallelujah

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted September 25, 2016 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

        None needed. If you don’t like the way last night’s storm laid down the drifts, just wait until the next one.

        You only get a few decimetres of snow falling from the sky in a winter. The rest of the time it is horizontal snow.

  24. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    “And, indeed, neither the Post nor the CBC mention the falsity of the Ark story.”

    Do they need to? Papers reporting on Disneyland don’t always feel obliged to mention that Snow White and Mickey Mouse are fictitious, after all.


  25. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure I’ve seen that building before. Is there a black stone somewhere in the middle of it?


  26. keith cook +/-
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    False or otherwise these people need to be getting the message,
    THIS planet is the bloody ark!
    We don’t need pathetic attempts at resurrected god fantasy stories while failing to protect those animals under dire threat of poachers, habitat loss from encroachment and climate change.

  27. Martin Levin
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Don’t blame Moose Jaw. It has a raucous legacy. In the 1920s, it was rife with corruption, with an entire street dedicated to brothels and booze. The Capone mob used it as a launching pad for smuggling what was risibly considered alcohol into Prohibition-crazed US. In fact, there are still the Capone caves, where the hooch was stored, and they are a decided attraction for those who wander in the precincts, despite the kitschy show that accompanies the tour.

  28. Posted September 26, 2016 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    The “bring in Chinese labour” might be the sticking point. After all, one needs appropriate visas to do this, and skilled trades are supposed to be available locally first …

  29. Mike
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Beam me up Scottie.!

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