Did you know that one of the most beloved children’s book characters, Winnie the Pooh, originates from Ontario? The adorable bear we grew up with was real and this Ontario town honours its history with a dedicated park and statue. Here’s where you can find it.

Located in Northern Ontario, along Highway 17 of the Trans-Canada Highway, you’ll find the town of White River – the birthplace of Winnie the Pooh.

It’s a small town with a lot of charm. There’s a handful of things to do such as exploring the White River Heritage Museum, the White River Train Station, and going on a hike along one of the many trails. But the showstopper is definitely Winnie the Pooh Park.

The dedicated park can be found in the central part of the town’s business highway section. It’s just steps away from the tourist info booth and of course, the Winnie the Pooh statue.

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Though we know this cuddly friend as a yellow bear with a red crop top, the real Winnie was a black bear from the northern township.

According to the town’s official website, story has it that the real Winnie The Pooh was adopted by a man in White River from a trapper. And despite the children’s book, the real Pooh was a female bear named after the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

At the park, there’s a plaque that tells the full story, according to Lake Superior Circle Tour, sharing how Winnie became the adorable bear we know and love.

It’s important to note that White River is not day trip material, especially if you’re coming from Toronto. It’s about 11 hours away so if you happen to find yourself in northern Ontario or have a trip planned in the area, make sure to add White River as a stop on your next adventure.

White River

Where: Hwy 17 White River P0M3G0 Ontario