Tommy the Turtle, Boissevain’s 28 foot tall, 10,000 lb statue stands proud watching over Boissevain. The turtle was erected in 1974, a symbolic icon for the community and the historic summer Canadian Turtle Derby.
In 1987 Boissevain held its first annual Turtle Derby, and spectators enjoyed the excitement generated by the festivities surrounding the turtle racing competitions. The growing enthusiasm of turtle racing became a major tourism attraction for Boissevain. However, in 2001 the community ended the Turtle Derby, but “Tommy Turtle” still warmly greets visitors to the community.