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Custom Signs For Ontario Tourist Attractions

Ontario Tourist Attractions With A Custom Sign From The Sign Depot

Summer travel season is upon us.  Whether you enjoy day trips, or multi-day road trips, there are lots of places to see the sites of Ontario.  These destinations understand how important it is to be found by tourists and that is why they came to the expert signmakers at The Sign Depot for their custom sign.

Here in the Region of Waterloo the St Jacobs Farmers’ Market is stop for travellers and bus trip tourists. Learn more about the custom sign created them on our post about the new St Jacobs Market Building.

Landmark Sign - St Jacobs Market Building - The Sign Depot

With it’s many attractions it is Toronto is a travel destination to many visiting Canada. Toronto Ontario had even more visitors this summer because of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.  If you spent much of your July watching the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games you know that athletes from several countries are spending time in Toronto Ontario.   Watch the video below to get a glimpse of the “streetcar” that Sign Depot created for the Pan Am Athletes Village at the 59 second mark, and stay tuned for our upcoming step by step post about the project.
Niagara Falls, known as the honeymoon capital of the world, got it’s recognition as a “natural wonder of the world” but also because of the many things to do within the city.

3 Dimensional Sign Sculpture - The Sign Depot

In addition to the landmark signs featured above, recently The Sign Depot created an indoor LED colour changing sign for the Grand Buffet located inside the Fallsview Casino Resort.  Be sure to read more about the 3 dimension sign we created for Fallsview Casino Resort on our Grand Buffet post.

3 Dimensional Signs - Grand Buffet - Casino Sign - The Sign Depot

Exploring The Landmarks Of Ontario

We are fans of all kinds of landmark signs! We encourage you to visit Ontario landmarks and be sure to tweet us your pics with their custom signs!  Who knows you may just end up on our Roadside Attraction Pinterest board!


Incredibly Canadian Custom Signs

Being a Canadian Sign Company we thought we would pay tribute to Canada by showcasing our incredibly Canadian Custom Signs.  We think these custom signs we have created represent some of the great signs and symbols of Canada.  

14 Incredibly Canadian Custom Signs


1. Cottage Country

Canada has several destinations known as cottage country.  To hear what our readers think when they hear the word cottage be sure to read our post Custom Wood Cottage Signs And Making Memories.

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

2. Canadian Beer

This Molson Canadian Brewhouse sign is a montage of Canada. Not only it it all about beer, the brew’s name is Canadian, and it is surrounded by a maple leaf and is situated in the Air Canada Centre.

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot


3. Canadian Moose

One of the many recognized Canadian symbols is the moose.  Because it is very recognizable this moose made a great landmark in terms of a findabilty and wayfinding sign.

Canadian Custom Signs - The Sign Depot

4. Mounties

In Canada the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. otherwise known as the RCMP or the Mounties have always been a respected symbol of Canada.

Canadian Custom Signs - The Sign Depot

5. The Great One

Wayne Gretzky is known as the Greatest NHL Player of all time, so this  Dimensional Restaurant Sign pays homage to his jersey number 99

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

6. Canada Goose

Although Eddie Bauer is an American company, they choose to represent their outdoor apparel company with a Canada Goose.

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

 7.  Harvey’s Hamburger Chain

If you live in Canada then there is a good chance you have the slogan “Harvey’s Makes Your Hamburger A Beautiful Thing” in the back of your mind at all times.

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

 8. The Beaver

As many of you are aware the beaver is a popular Canadian wildlife symbol. Enough said.

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

9. The Polar Bear

As another Canadian symbol, the polar bear represents The Great White North.

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

10.  Tobogganing

While we are on the topic of snow, we love our outdoor winter activities here in Canada. Tobogganing is tops here at The Sign Depot.

Canadian Custom Signs - The Sign Depot

11. Niagara Falls

A natural wonder located here in Canada, Niagara Falls Ontario is tourist destination. It’s a place where everyone is looking to have a Barrel Of Fun.

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

12. The Loon

The loon is another Canadian bird that symbolizes Canada. So much so that we have it on our Canadian dollar which is otherwise known as “the loonie”

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

13. Tim Horton

Whether it you are talking about the man, the hockey player, the coffee shop or the campgrounds, the name Tim Horton is known coast to coast.

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

14.  The Maple Leaf

This sign located in The Sign Depot showroom is another combination of Canadian symbols.  It is all about the Maple Leaf and Maple Syrup.  Both items are definitely signs you are in Canada!

Canadian Custom Sign - The Sign Depot

While these are custom signs are incredibly Canadian, we make so many other types as well.  Need more information about aquiring a custom sign from The Sign Depot? Then visit our CONTACT US PAGE.



A New Landmark For Waterloo Region When St Jacobs Market Opens Its New Building

St Jacobs Market Celebrates Their New Landmark

It was last October when we wrote about Canada Am visiting the St Jacobs Farmers’ Market. Now the St Jacobs Market has more exciting news to share. After their landmark building was destroyed by a fire, they are now ready to unveil their new building this Thursday June 11, 2015. They will be opening the new market building to the public that morning.  For those who live in The Region Of Waterloo this is exciting news.  So much so that when The Sign Depot sign installers were putting the sign on the building’s exterior it managed to garner a bit of attention from the local media.

Farm Market Signs

When it comes to Farm Market Signs there are several choices.  The St Jacobs Farmers’ Market wanted to ensure that the signage for the new building was highly visiable from various spots at the market.  To acheive this PVC letters were router cut and finished white.  The white letters installed against the red exterior of the building created a lot of contrast and as the image below shows, it allows you to see the new market building from quite a distance.

Landmark Sign - St Jacobs Market Building - The Sign Depot

Tourist Landmark

The St Jacobs Farmers’ Market serves as year round landmark destination for tourists. People visit the St Jacobs Market by the busload, so ensuring they can find their way around the market is incredibly important. Whether it be building signage or wayfinding signs, having a points of direction or places to meet at a busy place like a farm market makes getting around a lot simplier for those not familiar with the surroundings.

Custom Signs St Jacobs Market Community Involvement - The Sign Depot

Have you heard of the St Jacobs Farmers’ Market before? Did it inspire you to come to The Region Of Waterloo for a visit? Let us know in the comments! We want to hear about your experience there, or about any farm market you frequent.



3 Dimensional Signs – How Street Signs Can Increase Business

Sometimes It’s Helpful To Throw A Wrench In Your Plans

Here on Borden Ave in Kitchener Ontario we get a lot of drive-by traffic.  Finding ways to capture the attention of passers-by can prove to be difficult for some businesses.  We often suggest that you walk across the street from your business and take a look at your building’s exterior.  Do you think the company storefront will stand out to those passing by at 50 km/h?

When Integraflift moved into our neighbourhood last year, they encountered this problem and the solution involved throwing a wrench in their plans.

3 Dimensional Sign Displayed For All To See

The idea for the Integralift sign was to highlight all of the services they provide.  Everything from forklift sales, to automobile repair. The signage package included two exterior business signs with the company’s contact information and the services they have.  In addition to the exterior signs, a 3 Dimensional sign was added to the mix. Using High Density Urethane (a signfoam often referred to as HDU), the sign experts here at The Sign Depot created a oversized wrench. This scupltural projection sign was created to grab the attention of the passing traffic, and serve as a landmark sign for the business.

3 Dimensional Signs - High Density Urethane - The Sign Depot

3 Dimensional Signs - Street Signs - The Sign Depot

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The Best Business Signs Make An Impact

When the project was completed and installed Dennis, the owner of Integralift, let us know that the new signs made quite an impact.  He received new business from people who thought they had just opened and had no idea that Integralift had been there for a year already.

3 Dimensional Signs - Projection Sign - The Sign Depot

The View From Across The Street

Here at The Sign Depot we encourage our clients to think of their custom signs as an investment in their company.  They are a 24 hour advertisment for your business and a display of what your company represents.  These are things to think about when budgeting for your signage upgrades and branding designs.

Finding ways to show off your company’s assets through signage is something we excel at.  For more information on how street signs can increase business awareness and 3 dimensional signs, be sure to visit our Contact Us Page or connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.


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Using 3 Dimensional Signs To Stand Out From Other Businesses

Have you ever thought of your business sign as a landmark?  When people give directions is your business often mentioned as part of the mix?  These are signs that your business sign stands out from the rest.  Your business is noticeable and recognizable to passers-by which means you are memorable to many.  Dimensional signs are great eye-catchers and  with the choice of Sandblasted Wood Signs or High Density Urethane (HDU), dimensional signs and structures can create a distinctive look for your brand.

Dimensional Cedar Signs

Custom western red cedar signs are a great choice when looking to create dimensional look.  There are a couple of ways which wood can achieve the desired look.

  •  V-Cut Grove signs are carved by a router to sink the letters/graphics into the wood
  • Sandblasted signs create dimension by blasting away the cedar to raise the  wooden text and logos to make them the prominent part of the sign

 Both the techniques are great ways to use wood for your business signs.

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Sandblasted Sign 3 Dimensional - The Sign Depot

Dimensional High Density Urethane Signs (HDU)

High Density Urethane otherwise known as Sign Foam or HDU signs are becoming more and more popular in the business industry.  Finding a Sign Company that can easily manipulate that material is the key to having the sign look amazing.  By using a CNC machine and well designed sign file, High Density Urethane can be transformed into almost anything.

High Density Urethane Business Sign - The Sign Depot

HDU Dimension Business Sign - The Sign Depot

Either sign substrate choice will make your business sign stand out, and make your business look outstanding!  Need more info on how dimensional signs and structural signage can fit into your business?  Then contact The Sign Depot and one of our Award Winning Sign Experts will be pleased to help.  Looking for more examples of dimensional business signs? Visit our photo gallery on our website and our facebook page.


3 Dimensional Signs – Creating A Landmark Sign

Creating a Landmark – Souvenir City Vase

The best signs make you stop and take notice, they draw you in for a closer look.
Souvenir City located in Niagara Falls Ontario commissioned us make a sign for their glass blowing studio. What better sign could we make other than a 3 dimensional sign replica as a vase.
We have created a variety of unusual signs for this client from a chain saw carved bear and moose to a Mountie on his horse perched high above the road way.
Every year thousands of tourist are drawn in to pose and snap pictures in front of the signs – photo mementos of a falls vacation. These landmark signs are serve as eye-catching advertisements for the store and attract new customers daily. The use of 3 dimensional signs has made an impact on their business and by continuing with their 3 dimensional sign trend they were able to put focus on the new facet of their business without taking away from their already established brand.
Wondering how you go about making a go about making a giant vase? Here’s how we did it. 3 Dimensional Signs - The Sign Depot
First, we built a arm powered lathe to accommodate the huge foam shape.  
3 Dimensional Signs - The Sign DepotThe handles were made from High Density sign foam and covered in fiberglass fior extended durability
  3 Dimensional Signs - The Sign Depot

Next a welded steel super structure was manufactured to keep the dimensional sign centred and rigid. This was attached to a fabricated mounting plate.

    3 Dimensional Signs - The Sign Depot


The turned vase was then installed onto the steel post and surface coated in two layers of 6oz. woven fiberglass cloth to begin the custom sign finishing process

3 Dimensional Signs - The Sign Depot A complete sanding and filling to smooth the surface 3 Dimensional Signs - The Sign Depot


Finally, a crack paint job by Dave to replicate the character of translucent glass. A clear UV top coat to hold the colour, and wax to accentuate the shine on our latest sign prop.

Once this 3 dimensional signs was done and installed it was hard to miss. This is where custom sculptural signs come into play for your company’s findability and wayfinding sign solutions. They become a focal point for passers-by.  These 3 dimensional signs get you noticed and make your business memorable.

 Even while we were installing this signs folks were stopping by getting their picture taken in front of the vase. They would then make their way into the store and exit with bags in hand.  The 3 dimensional vase was already proving to be a worthwhile advertising investment.

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