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The Wawa Goose

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The Wawa Goose

Read these fun facts about the famous Wawa Goose Monument. • Credit: Algoma Country

Fun Facts about this Iconic Monument on Highway 17

Since 1963, the Wawa Goose has welcomed visitors from around the world to the northern town of Wawa. Below are some fun facts about the famous goose that you may not have known:

1. Did you know the Wawa Goose Monument is one of the most photographed landmarks in North America?

2. It's the largest of its kind in Canada.

3. It's located at the junction of the last link of the Trans-Canada Highway.

4. The Goose was developed to attract tourist to come to Wawa after the highway bi-passed the downtown core.

5. The first Goose was made of plaster and didn't stand up to the weather.

6. The Goose is now made of steel.

7. The Goose comes from the meaning of the word "Wawa" which means "Wild Goose or Land of the Big Goose" in Ojibway.

8. The town is fund raising to try to replace the Goose as it need significant repairs. Help them meet their goal.

9. Stompin' Tom Connors sang the song "Little Wawa" about a goose that stayed behind when her lover Gander Goo got shot down with an arrow! Bet you didn't know that one!

10. The Goose is 28 ft tall, 22 ft long and has a wingspan of 20 feet.

11. The Wawa Goose has its own children's book: Wawa Goose Meeting at Fort Friendship written by Raymond MacDonnell. The Wawa Goose books have been sent all over Canada, the United States and many countries around the world.

12. The Canada Goose is NOT an official symbol of Canada. Only the beaver and the maple tree have this cultural status.

(Photo credit: Ray MacDonnell)

If you have any fun facts about the Wawa Goose that are not on this list, please send them to me at info@algomacountry.com and I'll add them to the list.

History of the Wawa Goose

The goose monument was the idea of local entrepreneur Al Turcott. Although not originally from Wawa, Al first came to the town in 1939 for work and became so fasincated by the area that he sent for his wife and children to join him. By the 1940s, Al began operating Turcott's Dry Goods and Clothing store and became very involved in the community. So much so, that Al played an essential role in secure the Lake Superior route of the then proposed route of the Trans Canada Highway through Wawa. Concerned because the final plans had the highway bypassing Wawa, Al and other local businessmen created the idea of the Goose Monument to stop tourists on their TransCanada trips.

You can learn about about Wawa here: www.wawa.cc

Popular Events in Wawa:
Wawa Dragway - wawadragway.com
Wawa Salmon Derby - www.wawasalmonderby.com
Wawa Ice Fishing Derby - www.wawaicefishingderby.com

Algoma's cities and towns are a great base for an outdoor adventure whether your planning to a driving or motorcycle tour, fishing, taking a family vacation, or looking for a weekend getaway for two.

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