Roadside Attraction: The Wawa Goose

(Where Else?) Wawa, Ontario

The Wawa Canada Goose

The good 'ol Canada Goose... beautiful, strong, and also loud & aggressive (ever been chased by one? I was, as a kid!). The Wawa Goose is a roadside attraction in - you guessed it - Wawa, Ontario, along the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy #17). The name "Wawa" means "wild goose" or "land of the big goose" in Ojibway, one of the native groups to inhabit the Lake Superior region for thousands of years.

This is the second incarnation of the goose monument. The original one, erected in 1960, was built to lure travellers into the town core but later it succumbed to the rough winter weather.

This latest one was built much more rugged and has a voice recording that tells of the local history (because, of course, who doesn't love a talking goose?!). It measures over 8 meters high (27 ft) and 7 meters long (23 ft).

The Wawa goose is one of the most corny yet successful roadside attractions in North America. Millions of travellers have stopped to take a photo by this enormous plaster monument and venture into the unassuming and friendly town of Wawa.

It's big, it's tall, it talks, it's a goose and it always makes people smile. That's a good thing.

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Wawa, Ontario is 234 kilometers (3 hours) north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on the Trans Canada Highway (#17). This is one of the silliest roadside attractions in Ontario but we love it just the same. Don't miss the Wawa Goose on your next trip up to northern Ontario!