He spent 17 years building a website for roadside attractions, but died before he could make his dream road trip

“During a family vacation in the early 1990s, the Sudbury geologist became fascinated with the monuments that interrupted the Canadian landscape. The internet was young and Ed, then in his 40s, made a website chronicling roadside attractions, like the big nickel in his hometown. People sent along their photos, and it became a never-ending census that captured monuments like the Wawa goose, and more obscure finds like the ‘World’s Largest Endangered Ferruginous Hawk,’ in Leader, Sask. In January 2015, I emailed Solonyka, believing his site could be a way into a series about small towns: “That sounds like a dream project,” he replied promptly. ‘Unfortunately I have a cold presently, however perhaps sometime later this week or next week I’ll be in touch to arrange a time.'”

Katie Daubs – Toronto Star – July 2017

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