The Wawa Goose
The Wawa Goose was featured in the Movie Snow Cake, starring Sigourney Weaver & Alan Rickman.
Sigourney said that everyone constantly asked, “Why did they build a big Goose for your 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 that would stop Highway Travellers, and invite them into town.
All 3 of our Wawa Goose Statues have welcomed millions of visitors.
It’s the largest of its kind in Canada & one of the most photographed landmarks in North America.
The Original Goose
Constructed of chicken wire and hand-mixed plaster by Mr. Koci
Here’s a photo of my father & brother visiting the Original Goose. Mom always had her camera with her. 😃📸
The Plaster Goose didn’t hold up through the harsh Wawa winters, and had to be replaced.
1963 – Council held a design contest for Goose II
A dutch Ironworker, Dick Vanderklift won the contest. He received $50 & his scale model still adorns council chambers.
Dick Vanderklift, an amazing metal artist from the Netherlands physically made the goose by hand. It was constructed out of steel manufactured by the raw ore mined in Wawa. Because of the size and weight of the Goose, he had help from his friends. It took 1600 hours to create, and is hard to even imagine how difficult it was to pound out those shapes with hammers on sand filled leather bags.. The technology was not what it is today. It was quite an incredible feat!
When visiting, always check the sky for Sunset Photo opportunities with the Goose.
Brett Cunningham had the nicest sky ever!
The second goose held up for over 50 years. But he eventually got a bit rusty in his old age.
Made of stainless steel in Trenton, On., and unveiled on Canada Day 2017.
Essentially a clone of its immediate predecessor, but Goose III is perched on a Rock Cut.
It should last another 50 Years!
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 in Wawa for days.
Urban Legends tell of a Hitchhiker that chatted up the waitress at the nearby diner each day and ending up staying and marrying her. While another claims that one 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.
It went viral on FB, and people are still sharing it. 😆