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Unveiling the New Goose

Unveiling the New Goose

On July 1 2017 Canada Day Wawa officially unveiled its new Goose Monument.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at this roadside icon

If you hadn’t heard already, 2017 is a big year for Canada. Not only are we celebrating our nation’s 150th Birthday but Lonely Planet named Canada as the Number One Travel Destination for 2017. Not to mention that the New York Times also rated us number one on its 2017 list.

There are many wonderful events taking place across the country, province to province, from sea to sea. In Algoma Country, our cities and towns have events planned to celebrate Canada’s 150th, from extra-special July 1 events to independent events taking place all year long.

One community is going to celebrate Canada Day with a bang this year. And that community is Wawa. Why? Because on July 1, 2017, Wawa is going to be unveiling their brand-new Goose Monument!

The Wawa Goose Monument, situated at the junction of Trans Canada Highway 17 and Highway 101, is one of the most photographed monuments in North America. Each year, thousands of travelers on their cross-Canada drive stop to photograph the goose.

Its history begins in 1960, when The Gap was completed. The Gap was the section of the Trans-Canada Highway 17 between Agawa and Wawa that had been left incomplete. Click here to read the story of Closing The Gap. Local entrepreneur Al Turcotte thought the town of Wawa would need something to ensure travelers stopped and visited the town. That’s where the idea of the Wawa Goose Monument began. In Ojibway, the word “Wawa” means “Wild Goose” or “Land of the Big Goose.” Originally built of plaster and chicken wire, the Goose Monument was unveiled on September 17, 1960, the same day as the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the final Ontario section of Trans-Canada Highway 17.

However, the plaster goose struggled to stand up to local weather conditions. In 1963, a new steel monument was created. But after 53 years standing proud, the current goose was tired. Through fundraising efforts and additional dollars from the federal government, the town was able to raise enough dollars to build a new replica goose!

On July 1, 2017, the new Wawa Goose Monument was officially unveiled to the public. The monument was not be unveiled before this date, instead shrouded to keep it secret!

Below is a comparison of the new Wawa Goose (left) and the old Wawa Goose (right).

(Photo credit: Algoma Country)

In celebration of this event, there was a full schedule of events that began June 30, 2017 through to July 2, 2017.

Opening Ceremonies

Friday June 30
Noon to 4 pm
Michipicoten Golf Club
Golf Club 50th Anniversary 9-hole tournament
Location: Michipicoten Golf Club

Friday June 30
7 pm to 11 pm
Wawa Music Festival 
Special Musical Guest: Whiskey Jack
Location: Michipicoten Memorial Community Center

Friday, June 30
11 pm to 2 am
Wawa Music Festival
Local and Invited artists including Don Charbonneau
Location: Lakeview Hotel and Wawa Legion

Saturday July 1
10 am to 4 pm
Canada 150 Party
Food Court
Heritage Display
Entomica Interactive Insect Display (Tourist Information Center)
Amaze NFun Inflatable Obstacle Courses
Petting Zoo and Mini Golf
Local artisan market and information booths
Gem Panning
Wawa Music Festival Acoustic Stage
Location: Wawa Tourist Information Center

Saturday July 1
New Goose Unveiling with Mayor Rody and Invited Dignitaries
Celebration Cake with all attendees
Special Musical Guest: Fred Eaglesmith
Location: Wawa Tourist Information Center

Saturday July 1
6 pm to 11 pm
Wawa Music Festival
Special Musical Guest: Fred Eaglesmith
Location: Lion’s Beach

Saturday July 1
Canada 150 Fireworks Celebration
Fireworks and live music
Location: Wawa Beach Front
Wawa Music Festival
Location: Lakeview Hotel (after fireworks)

Sunday July 2
9 am to 2 pm
Music Festival
Various wellness activities and musical acts
Location: Wawa Beachfront

Sunday July 2
2 pm to 8 pm
Wawa Music Festival
Open Mic
Location: Lakeview Hotel

Visiting Wawa? Book your stay in Wawa at one of the motels, chalets, or campgrounds. Learn more at www.algomacountry.com/cities-towns/wawa

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