The Geese

Photo of Wawa Goose
Wawa Goose, Hwy 17 & Hwy 101. Wawa visitors center in background.

The residents of Wawa welcomed the building of the final link of the Trans-Canada Highway between Sault Ste Marie and Wawa in 1960. However, they were disappointed when the highway bypassed the downtown core of the town. In order to invite motorists off the highway and into the town, the residents erected a big goose at the intersection of Hwy 17 and the road leading into the town.

Photo of another Wawa Goose
Original Wawa Goose beside Youngs General Store

The present goose is actually the second on the site. The original goose was made of plaster and couldn't withstand the local weather. In 1963, a new goose was erected. The steel construction of the goose was not only more elegant, but also more representative of the town and its large iron ore mine.

The original goose, and one more, can be found closer to the town.

Photo of another Wawa Goose
Another Goose beside Wawa Motel