The last Ontario section of the Trans-Canada Highway, 250km (150 miles) from Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa, was completed in 1960. As the new highway bypassed downtown Wawa by a mile, a 28-foot tall Canada Goose was constructed at the Highway 17 / 101 intersection, the entrance to the town, to make Wawa easily visible to visitors.
phone: +1 705 856-2244 ext 240address: Mission RdLocated beside the Wawa Goose.
- From the north and south: Wawa straddles a sparsely-populated stretch of Trans-Canada Highway (17). Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario) to the south and Thunder Bay to the northwest are the nearest cities of any size.
- From the east: Highway 101 from Chapleau
Ontario Northlandservice on the Sudbury-White River route.
Wawa AirportWawa Airport does not receive scheduled flights, but several chartering companies are based in the town.
Watson's Skyway Ltd
Wilderness Helicopters Ltd
By thumbWawa is recognized as a notorious hitchhiker's trap - easy to get to, but impossible to leave. Enter at one's own risk.
If you're planning on hitchhiking your way out, good-luck. The best place to thumb a ride is near the Wawa Goose.
Wawa is a small town where everything is a short walk away.
address: Hwys 17 and 1012.7 ton and 8.5 m tall, the new bronze goose replaced the 4 ton steel goose with the same height constructed 1963, which itself replaced a plaster model placed at the highway crossroads when the last section of Trans-Canada Highway was completed in Ontario in 1960.
Bristol Off-Roading Outfittersphone: +1 705-856-2385address: Bristol Motel, 170 Mission Rd (Hwy 101)Snowmobiling, bear hunting, ATV touring.
phone: +1 705-856-2590Nine holes, practice green and driving range, cart and clubs rental, lessons, discounts for local motel clients. Club house +1 705-856-2590, pro shop +1 705-856-7409.
Naturally Superior Adventures and Rock Island Lodge B&Bphone: +1 705-856-2939address: 10 Government Dock RoadNaturally Superior Adventures and Rock Island Lodge B&B is located on Lake Superior about 8 km from Wawa. They outfit and lead guided trips on Lake Superior and her headwaters by sea kayak, tandem and Voyageur canoe, stand up paddleboard (SUP) and by foot. They offer paddle Canada and BCU sea kayak/canoe certified training, rentals and area shuttles. They also have a lodge, with 4 guest rooms, each with an en suite bath. All of their rooms are no farther than 50m to the water's edge. They operate bed and breakfast-style with additional meals available. Rates for the lodge are $98 - 120 CDN. Email address for the lodge: email@example.com. Checkin: 3 PM; checkout: 11 AM. Do-it-yourself info for those who are not staying at the lodge here.
Voyageur hiking trailPublic hiking trail between Sudbury and Thunder Bay, through Scenic High Falls and Silver Falls, two parks overlooking the Magpie River gorge. Scenic High Falls offers a picnic pavilion, toilets and an interpretive trail from the bottom to the top of the Falls.
Wawa Winter CarnivalFebruary.
address: 111 Mission RoadStore and fuel station rebuilt after a 1979 fire. Quirky tourist attraction with bait shop, souvenirs, an oversized Henrietta the Moose, big barrel of pickles, freshly packed fudge and summer sausage.
Eat and drink
Kinniwabi Pines Restaurantphone: +1 705-856-7226address: 150 Hwy 17 SouthSeafood, Chinese, Trinidadian, European.
Embassy Restaurant & Tavernphone: +1 705-856-2251address: 70 Broadway StDiner.
phone: +1 705-856-2278address: 118 Mission RdIt features a 27-foot tall fieldstone fireplace. Canadian cuisine, offering a full-course menu for lunch and dinner.
Viking Restaurant & Tavernphone: +1 705-856-4441address: 177 Mission RdBurgers, pasta, salad bar, local pickerel.
phone: +1 705-856-7010address: 164 Mission RdMotel in town centre, hunting and fishing cabins eight miles outside of town for outdoors enthusiasts, outfitter's packages.
Best Northern Motel & Restaurantphone: +1 705-856-7302address: 150 Hwy 17 SouthRestaurant with Polish and European cooking, free wi-fi. Riverside Lounge, indoor dry sauna and billiard room, rooms and cottages overlooking the Old Michipicoten River.
Northern Lights Motel & Breakfastphone: +1 705-856-1900address: 1014 Hwy 17Rooms, chalets, cottage, still operating despite losing 12 rooms and two chalets to 2012 flood damage which washed out Hwy 17 for a week. Breakfast, Wi-Fi included.
phone: +1 705-856-2278address: 118 Mission Rd
Lion’s Waterfront Parkaddress: Wawa LakePark with free WiFi and boardwalk along Wawa Lake.
Lake Superior Provincial Park - hiking, paddling, fishing, two serviced campgrounds for RVs and tents, one rustic campground, 200 backcountry campsites, all a short drive (or what passes for one around these parts) from town.