Wawa Travel Guide

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Wawa Highlights

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     Small, quiet, lots of outdoor activities, firendly 

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     Can be too small, quiet and boring 

  • In a nutshell
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     A perfect destination for those who love small towns and outdoor adventure. 

Wawa Things to Do

  • Agawa Rock....First Nations...

    These First Nations pictographs are located in the Southern end of Lake Superior Provincial Park....and can be accessed after following a trail from a parking area and then walking along the base of a 98 foot cliff at the edge of Lake Superior.There is a trail and signs mark the way quite distinctly...There are a series of about 35 pictographs, or...

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  • What to do on a warm summer evening. . .

    Take a stroll through the city of Wawa (Haha) and end up at the Handy Store for some good hard ice cream.

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  • Wawa Lake

    Good for swimming. Excellent fishing. Ideal for boating. Jet ski fun! And just plain nice to look at.

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  • Wawa Upper Falls

    A short drive off the main highway, the Upper Falls of the Magpie River are adjacent to a pleasant picnic area. The width of the falls is 125 feet, and they have a drop of 75 feet.

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  • The Big Goose

    Wawa's biggest and most airborne goose greets visitors at the Tourist Information Center just off the trans-Canada highway. Made locally by well-known craftsman Mr. Vandercliff, the "Superior Goose" is 28 feet tall, with a 19 foot wingspan and weighs 4400 pounds. Best thing of all about it: no goose droppings!!

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  • Inukshuk (in-OOK-shook)

    All along the route where the Trans-Canada Highway traverses the rugged and remote Canadian Shield we saw numerous examples of Inukshuk. At this large example in front of Young's General Store we discovered what they were all about. Inukshuk means "In the image of man." These traditional landmarks were built by the Inuit people throughout the far...

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  • The Original Wawa Goose

    This old chicken wire and plaster and goose was Wawa's first, built in 1960. It was replaced only three years after it was built supposedly because it could not stand up to the weather. It seems to us the old goose stands up pretty well after all, because it is now more than four decades old and still exposed to the elements. It can be seen in...

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  • Wawa Goose Monument

    Wawa in the Ojibway language means "Wild Goose." Fittingly enough the town has erected this huge Canada Goose monument, the largest of it's kind in the country, standing poised over the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 101.Back in 1960, the last link of the Trans-Canada Highway was completed connecting Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie and...

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  • Anderson Lake

    Anderson Lake is reached by a mile-long hike into the forest from the entrance to Mr. Vallee Park. After completing the staircase up the bluff, Mr. Vallee continued turning his dream into reality by draining the swampy lands between the top of the stairs and Anderson Lake. To accomplish this he dug (with pick and shovel) a drainage ditch that...

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  • Mr. Vallee Park

    Mr Vallee Park is a quiet and beautiful place just a few blocks from downtown Wawa. Mr Vallee, a local resident, turned his attention to the community and the children who lived here after his retirement. Wanting to provide a safe place to explore and enjoy, he began by clearing debris which was polluting the now beautiful clear waters of Wawa...

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  • Mining Monument

    This huge bright orange, 50 ton, 64-foot- high "Joy" super heavy weight rotary blasthole drill sits on the edge of town overlooking Wawa Lake. It has been placed there as a "Monument to Mining" and is the first station on the beach front boardwalk.The drill was first used in the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and later by Algoma Ore...

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  • Wawa Lake Beach Front

    Wawa is a very short distance from Lake Superior, The largest freshwater lake in the world. But the downtown area sits more directly on the much smaller deep blue waters of Wawa Lake. A "Mining and Heritage" boardwalk follows the shoreline where it joins the town, and a series of "history stations" are found periodically along the path....

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Wawa Restaurants

  • Standard Small-Town Eatery

    This restaurant was recommended to us by the receptionist at our motel. Standard diner food. Restaurant states that it specialises in steaks, ribs, and pizza. Decent selection of pizzas. I was sceptical of the steak, but I imagine the ribs would be alright. Several pasta options as well. Plus the usual soups, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers. A...

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  • Okay pizza

    I'm always glad when I travel to patronize locally owned, non-chain establishments, especially for pizza. So I was glad to go to an authentic Wawa pizzeria. That said, I wasn't really that thrilled with the pie I ordered. The crust was satisfactory, though a bit on the doughy side. But the sauce was bland and tomato-y, and they were quite chintzy...

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  • More Generic Canadian Food

    Maybe it was just that this was near the end of the Canadian part of my "Lake Superior Circle Tour," but by the time I got to Wawa, I was starting to get a little tired of seeing the same menu at every restaurant in every small town I visited. I just had a mediocre hamburger on a mediocre bun with mediocre fries here.But maybe it's my fault for not...

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  • A Mother's Day Buffet to Remember

    This restaurant is unique in that it has two distinctly different sides leading off from the same lobby. On the left is a full service dining room, and on the right a fast food place, Chester Fried Chicken. We went into the Dining room on a Mother's Day Sunday evening, not knowing that a special buffet was being served. The place was packed and we...

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  • Best Breakfast in Wawa

    When we asked a young man at a service station in Wawa where was the best place in town for breakfast, he did not hesitate a moment to recommend, "Embassy Restaurant, right up the street." He sounded so definite one would think it was the only choice, although there are a few others. When we saw the signs in the restaurant window saying that the...

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  • 3 Popular Restaurants

    The Embassy has a very homestyle taste. they serve just about anything. The Columbia has more of a Candian/Greek menu plan. The North of 17 is also a Greek style place but they also have Canadian food as well.These three restaurants have the most customers so far that I have seen so they must be good! Personally I like the North of 17 - thier...

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Wawa Transportation

  • More Trans-Canada Highway

    "This plaque stands approximately at the halfway point of the Trans-Canada Highway, which runs from St. John's Newfoundland to Victoria British Columbia. The highway's construction, in conjunction with the provinces, was authorized by the federal parliament in 1949. The official opening for through traffic of this 4860 mile route, of which about...

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  • Fly into Wawa

    Wawa Lake is a convenient spot to fly into town - if you have a bi-plane! (I wonder if there are any landing fees?)

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  • Road construction season!

    Road Construction is a constant in the life of northwoods communities. (Where I live, we have a saying that there are only two seasons in the year, Winter and Road Construction.)When I drove the Lake Superior Circle Routes, it seemed as if every hundred miles that traffic would be reduced to one lane because of bridge repairs or major resurfacing...

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Wawa Shopping

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  • Dorothy Gales's Store?

    Lots of knick-knacks, tschoskes, and pot-holders here. I was able to purchase some refrigerator magnets and postcards in this friendly emporium.

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  • Illumination and Cleanliness in the...

    Locally produced craft-goods as well as the work of regional artists in different media can be found here. The friendly proprietor gives good information about lodging and restaurants in the area as well!

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  • A Motley Miscellany

    It's an old-fashioned general supply store of the kind that I imagine existing in the Northwest Territories. Young's is also home to one of the Wawa geese, and is a good place to purchase souvenirs ranging from tee-shirts to refrigerator magnets. They stock a wide variety of necessities and not-so-necessities as well. If you are in Wawa for...

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Wawa Warnings and Dangers

  • Tourist Information Centre - Closed for...

    The first thing we saw when we exited the Trans-Canada Highway at Wawa was the famous Goose Monument and an attractive red roofed Tourist Information Centre beside it. Wawa advertises itself as a year-round tourist destination, with many special events and activities to lure visitors year round. That being the case, we were surprised to see a...

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  • Moose on the Loose!

    All along the Trans-Canada Highway in Northern Ontario you will see signs warning of moose crossing the road. Caution should be used, especially at night when the moose are more active and visibility is limited. Shortly after we left Wawa, driving northwest, A HUGE moose suddenly emerged from the brush and crossed the highway directly in front of...

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Wawa Off The Beaten Path

  • Silver Falls: Lower Falls

    After viewing the Upper Falls, take the short steep narrow trail downstream from the bridge and you will find the lower falls. This impressive cascade empties into a very wide area on the Magpie River where we saw loons and other waterfowl. Just below this spot the Magpie River flows into the Michipicoten River, which in turn empties into Lake...

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  • Magpie Scenic High Falls

    We expected Magpie Scenic High Falls to be an impressive sight, and it even exceeded our expectations. These roaring falls, 75 feet high and 125 feet wide, plunge into a rugged gorge that slices at an angle from the base of the falls. The scene is an enormous display of power and beauty. The spray is so great that it shoots out for a long distance...

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  • Silver Falls: Upper Falls

    Silver Falls is located a few miles south of Scenic High Falls on the Magpie River. A wooden bridge crosses the river on Michipicoten Harbor Road at the end of a small natural lake below the falls. An easy 100m trail leads around the lake to the edge of Silver Falls along the Magpie River.Michipicoten River Village (First Nation) is south of Wawa...

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Wawa Sports & Outdoors

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    catch of the day

    by yooperprof Written Oct 25, 2005

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    The big event, every August! The Salmon Derby is headquartered at the Marina in Michipicoten Harbor.

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Wawa Favorites

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  • Mining Memorial

    This shiny red drill commemorates the many significant mines that have operated in and near Wawa over the last century. (There's still excavating for small quantities of gold in the outlying district.)

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  • Local History

    The Michipicoten Canoe Route"The nearby Michipicoten River formed an important link in the canoe route from Lake Superior to James Bay via the Michipicoten, Missinaibi and Moose rivers. The route was probably explored at an early date by the French fur traders who maintained a post at Michipicoten. However, the first recorded journeys were not made...

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  • Old Woman Bay - Beach

    Old Woman Bay is an especially lovely narbor harbor about 15 miles south of Wawa, in Lake Superior Provincial Park. It's easy to spend a lazy afternoon here.

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