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White River

White River is located on the Trans Canada Highway 17 approximately 3.5 hours northwest of Sault Ste. Marie and 4 hours east of Thunder Bay. Set amongst a stunning landscape of lush boreal forest and abundant fresh water lakes and rivers, this northern community boasts rugged beauty and a hearty climate. Wildlife and adventure abound here. Fishing and hunting lodges with fly-in trips, and provincial parks to explore the great outdoors.

Rich in rail history, the town was originally built as a rail town in 1885. White River is noted as the birthplace of the “real bear” Winnie-the-Pooh, which gives this community its unique heritage. Over 80 years ago a little black bear cub from White River became the inspiration of author A.A. Milne and became the most beloved bear in the world. Owned by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, the little orphaned bear cub became the unofficial mascot of his militia cavalry regiment during World War I. The Lieutenant later placed Winnie in the London Zoo and the friendliness of this young bear made her a favourite at the zoo. Author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin Milne became frequent visitors and it was Christopher who added “Pooh” to Winnie’s name. To celebrate Winnie’s history, a festival is held each year on the 3rd weekend in August. Visitors to White River can visit the Winnie-the-Pooh statue for a photo op year round at the Park at the Visitor Centre.

Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the area hiking trails, paddle the waterways, ATV, or plan a remote fishing trip, White River is a “natural” stop for your vacation.

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Business NameAddressCity/TownPhone Number
Continental Motel217 Hwy 17White River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-2500
Kaby LodgePO Box 2White River ON, P0M 3G0705-484-1672
Lodge Eighty EightPO Box 220White River ON, P0M 3G0705-812-1624
Mar Mac LodgeP.O. Box 1380
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 5N2
White River ON, P6A 5N2705-884-2505
White River AirPO Box 220White River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-2222
White River MotelPO Box 608White River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-2333
Garson’s Fly-In Outposts Ltd.White River AirWhite River ON, P6A 5K8705-253-4938
White Lake LodgeHwy 17 lot 149, P.O. Box 155White River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-2386
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White River Heritage Museum200 Elgin St,P.O. Box 583White River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-2657
Business NameAddressCity/TownPhone Number
Continental Motel217 Hwy 17White River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-2500
A&W White River201 Highway 17White River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-2240
Catz Family Restaurent200 17 HwyWhite River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-2121
River City Café200 Elgin StreetWhite River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-2130
Robin’s Donuts216, Highway 17White River ON, P0M 3G0807-822-1876