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February 06, 2011

HIGHWAY 17, LAKE SUPERIOR Wawa, Ontario is a community in Northern Ontario, Canada, located in Michipicoten Township in the Algoma District. The community is known for its 28-foot-tall metal statue of a Canada goose, built in 1963. Wawa takes its name from the Ojibwe word for “wild goose”, wewe. The community is located on Highway 101, just a few kilometres east of the junction with Highway 17. Sault Ste. Marie is located approximately 220 km south. Lake Superior Provincial Park is located just south of Wawa. Wawa’s history is rich in mining, forestry and the fur trade. Although mining attempts began as early as the late 1660’s, it wasn’t until 1897, gold was discovered on nearby Wawa Lake which led to a rush to the area. The population grew from a handful of people to approximately a thousand people. In 1898 the town site at the Mission was registered as “Michipicoten City”. In 1899 Wawa was surveyed and plotted into a town and registered as Wawa City. Production had slowed by 1906 but as mining technology improved, additional amounts began to be extracted from the area. Gold mining in the Wawa area prospered and receded several times in the 20th century and continues today. Iron ore extraction has also been an important industry in the area. The community was served by the Algoma Central Railway. The search for the elusive precious yellow stone during the Michipicoten gold boom led to the unexpected discovery of iron ore in 1897. Rock samples made their way into the

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