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Monday, July 11, 2016

White River and Winnie the Pooh Story

10 July 2016

We drove up to White River today for the purpose of  seeing the statue of Winnie the Pooh and learn the story behind the famous bear. It was here that it all began in August of 1914 when LT  Harry Colbourn who was a Veterinarian with the Army, purchased the orphan bear cub for $20 at the White River Rail Station as he was enroute to England. Since he was from Winnipeg, he named the bear Winnie. The bear was left with the London Zoo later in 1914 during his deployment to France.

History of Winnie's Family

Plaque in Front of Statue

Beside Winnie

The bear became a favorite with visitors and especially children..especially A.A. Milne's son Christopher Robin who often petted and visited the bear. So the storybook began and became a favorite of children for years.

We made a stop at the History Museum and the docent presented us with a more detailed account of the story. The 3rd weekend in August, the town hosts an annual Winnie's Hometown Festival. The rail station is now the visitor's center.

White River Depot

Wooden Carving of Lt and Cub

Lt and Winnie, Christopher Robin Petting Winnie,White Rive RR Depot

link to article

Returning home, we decided to have dinner at "the Fireside Lounge and Restaurant" . Very good and nice atmosphere. Enormous fireplace in the diningroom with a very old fish scale and fishing rod  hanging on the fireplace.


Dining Room

Note Scale and Old Rod

Across from Restaurant is Young's General Store, a must when visiting Wawa.
A view of Hwy 17 fromWawa.

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