June 30, 2017 8:35 pm

Giant rubber ducks wades into Toronto after causing a flap

A giant inflatable duck sits on Toronto's Harbourfront as part of the Redpath Waterfront Festival, on Friday, June 30, 2017.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
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TORONTO – A giant rubber duck that caused a flap for weeks before its arrival has settled into its temporary new home on Toronto’s waterfront.

The six-storey-tall, 13,600-kilogram yellow duck was inflated on Toronto’s harbourfront Friday morning ahead of the weekend RedPath Waterfront Festival.

The duck’s $200,000 price tag had some critics crying foul, questioning the bird’s connection to Canada 150 festivities.

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The festival, which has received government funding in previous years to promote tourism, received about $120,000 from the province and $250,000 from the federal government from the Canada 150 fund to tour to six cities.

The giant rubber duck is based on similar floating structures by a Dutch artist that have travelled world.

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Ryan Whaley, the co-owner of this duck, says that he came up with the idea to build it with a friend three years ago when they decided that nobody could ignore a giant yellow duck.

The official unveiling happens at 11 a.m. on Canada Day, and the duck will then pack up to head to Owen Sound on July 3.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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