The Wawa Goose

Featured in Sigourney Weaver & Alan Rickman’s Movie, Snow Cake, Sigourney said that people in Hollywood always asked her why they built a big Goose for the Movie.

To everyone’s surprise, Sigourney would answer, “We didn’t! It’s just there!” 😅

But why you ask? Well it’s because in 1960, this was the last link of the Trans-Canada Highway to be completed. But because it by-passed the downtown core of Wawa, A Local Business Man, Al Turcott, came up with the idea of having a Huge Canada Goose Statue to stop Highway Travellers, and invite them into town.

He was right! All 3 of our Wawa Goose Statues have welcomed millions of visitors. 😃

Robert Hutchinson at the Wawa Goose 1961
Here’s my Dad, Bob Hutchinson, with my brother Rob 1961
Wawa Goose at Suset Northern Lights Motel
The second Metal Goose eventually became too rusty to fix… 
Wawa's New Goose July 2017
Here’s our Beautiful 3rd Goose, perched on a Rock Cut

When the Trans Canada Highway opened in 1960, Hitchhiking across Canada was the cool thing to do! But over the years, Wawa became known to be the hardest place to be picked up in all of Canada. Referred to as “Hitchhikers Hell” as they could get stuck here for days.

There’s one story about a Hitchhiker that chatted up the waitress at the nearby diner each day and ending up staying and marrying her. While another claims that a Hitchhiker stayed so long he became mayor. 😂

When Mom spotted this fellow near Sault Ste Marie, she asked him if she could take his pic, explaining that her daughter owned a Motel in Wawa. He smiled, and posed for her. Priceless! It went viral on FB. lol

Northern Lights Motel's Photo
Anywhere but Wawa (Hitchhiker’s Hell). Photographed by Helen Hutchinson
Northern Lights Motel Original Wawa Goose
I found this old map – Priceless ❤️The goose was so new, the ground wasn’t even landscaped.

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