Municipalité De Wawa

Bienvenue à Wawa 

Imaginez-vous ici 

Wawa se situe entre la côte nord du lac Supérieur (le plus grand lac d’eau douce au monde) et l’eau étincelante du lac Wawa, alimenté par une source.   Le nom de la ville est dérivé du mot ojibway pour « oie sauvage », représenté par la statue célèbre de l’oie de Wawa qui se trouve à l’entrée de la ville. 

Cette collectivité unique comprend environ 3 200 résidents, incluant des populations importantes de francophones et d’autochtones. Située à proximité du Parc provincial du lac Supérieur et du Parc National Pukaskwa, tout en se trouvant entre les grandes villes de Sault Ste. Marie et de Thunder Bay, Wawa est le domicile idéal de ceux qui recherchent la nature sans vouloir renoncer à l'accès au confort moderne urbain.

Imaginez-vous remonter les vagues en kayak ou cuisiner la prise du jour au bord des rives du lac Supérieur, avant de partir pour la journée faire ses courses en ville.  Imaginez-vous à Wawa. 

Wawa exudes small town friendliness and for a town of its size, it offers a wealth of resources to residents. Wawa sits in a valley that is surrounded by picturesque rolling hills and lookouts. Its land area covers 420 square kilometres and includes Michipicoten River Village, known as “The Mission”, as well as Michipicoten Harbour. Also nearby is Michipicoten First Nation; a self-governing aboriginal community with over 700 community members.


It is currently a buyer’s market in Wawa with many options available for those looking to own a home, from apartments and cottages to large detached homes.  For those looking to rent, the rates in Wawa are also very affordable whether for a single person or family. View current real estate listings and rental housing information for the town of Wawa:


 ResidenLady Dunn Health Centre Logots of Wawa enjoy the peace of mind that comes with being able to go to the emergency room and receive service in a high quality medical environment. The Lady Dunn Health Centre is anew, state of the art facility offering health care to Wawa residents that is second to none.

It is also a teaching The Lady Dunn Health Centre building surrounded by autumn trees facility for the prestigious Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Find a complete listing of programs and services provided by the Centre.   In Wawa, family doctors are also able to accept new patients. Newcomers should contact their local doctor's office upon arrival for more information.

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Phone: 705-856-2335 


The wawa family health team

The Wawa Family Health Team is a newly developed interdisciplinary team of Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Social Worker and more. Working in a centrally-located, EMR implemented office, we strive to provide patient-centred collaborative primary care.  Best practices and evidence-based theory are utilized in our service delivery to the community of Wawa and the surrounding area. If you have questions about this exciting new team, whether you are a practitioner or patient, call 705-856-1313 to speak with Silvana Dereski, Executive Director.

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For those seeking to study their faith, Wawa offers services from various denominations including:  First United Church, St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Wawa Baptist Church and Cavalry Pentecostal Church. Many of the churches in the area organize fundraising and activity groups within their congregation.


Wawa’s main sources of employment are in the Sales, Public Services, Forestry, Mining and Tourism sectors. The top employers currently include: Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd., the Ministry of Natural Resources, Lady Dunn Health Centre and the Municipality of Wawa. In recent years, Wawa has also become a hub for GIS (Geographic Information System) endeavours in the area thanks to the Northern Information Technology and Geomatics Cooperative (NITGC). The Cooperative provides services to Wawa and the nearby communities of White River, Chapleau, Dubreuilville, Hornepayne and Manitouwadge.  The Wawa Business Directory provides prospective residents with a complete listing of businesses in the area.

Employment Services

The Regional Employment Help Centre has been in operation since 1993 and provides services to the communities of Wawa, Dubreuilville and White River. The office assists unemployed and underemployed individuals and employers in accessing available Employment Ontario programs including wage subsidy applications, skills enhancement training and other employment related services.  

Job search resources

  • Professions North/Nord (PNN) is an initiative of Laurentian University that assists employers with labour shortages, and internationally trained professionals (ITPs) in finding employment in Northern Ontario at no cost.

Wawa offers quality educational resources for children, youth and adult learners. There are Catholic and public schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12, in both English and French. Nearby in Dubreuilville, residents have access to two French-language schools. École St-Joseph offers a Kindergarten to grade 8. High school students can study at École secondaire l’Orée des Bois.. In addition, there are numerous options for adult learning and early childhood development.


North Algoma Literacy Coalition is an adult educational resource for those seeking to improve basic reading, writing, math, and computer literacy skills. Students can also work on their own goals for employment, further education and training or everyday living skills.  Support is also available for those seeking help to improve their English language skills. 


Contact North offers Northern Ontario a link to over 200 courses and 80 part-time and full-time programs offered by 13 Ontario colleges and universities, as well as literacy organizations. Courses are provided through Audio-conference or Video-conference at 2 locations in Wawa.  Levels of education include post-secondary, college and university, with end results varying from high school GED through to Master’s Degrees.  Various certificate programs are accessible periodically, offering instruction directed to upgrading skills or employment requirements.   



The Confederation College Wawa Campus offers a wide variety of programs to meet the education and training needs of the Superior East Region.

Our programs range from full-time postsecondary diploma programs, full-time and part-time certificate programs, continuing education courses, general interest courses and other education training opportunities.



Superior Children’s Centre is a non-profit organization that offers a number of child care programs in both English and French. Licensed child care programs include:

  • Preschool Program
  • Toddler Program
  • Infant Care
  • Flexicare
  • English Nursery School
  • School Readiness
  • French Nursery School
  • Before & After School Program
  • Summer Fun Program
  • Home Child Care



Best Start Hub offers a mix of services to families including early learning, literacy and play programs. Parents can borrow a wide range of resources and participate in workshops. Early Years Centres are staffed with child development and early years professionals who deliver programs and support to parents and caregivers. Services include:

  • Outreach programs
  • Workshops
  • Parent Education/Resources
  • School Readiness
Doing Business

Wawa is strategically located in the centre of Northern Ontario‘s major forestry and mining industries. The town is on the Trans-Canada Highway and products can be easily transported by truck, rail, air or low-cost shipping through Wawa’s natural deep-sea port on Lake Superior.   There are a host of opportunities for entrepreneurs to locate their business interests in Wawa and benefit from emerging prospects in resource based industries. As opportunities continue to grow and expand in various industry sectors, Wawa is working to match the emerging needs of businesses.  Newly developed and serviced lots with very negotiable pricing financing terms available are available in Wawa’s Industrial Park and a variety of vacant land can be found for sale or lease throughout the town. Compared to Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, Wawa has lower industrial tax rates and no development charges. Wawa’s wage rates are also lower than larger centers such as Sudbury and Toronto.  View more about Wawa Business Opportunities and advantages at or call 705.856.4419.

Business Funding Available!

There are a variety of funding programs for entrepreneurs and businesses who choose to locate in Wawa. This includes the new NOHFC Entrepreneurs Program which will provide up to $125,000 or 50% of new business start-up costs. Other funding available only to Northern Ontario Businesses includes:

The Economic Development Corporation of Wawa and Invest Ontario can also help you prepare for doing business in Northern Ontario by providing information, referrals and introductions to other organizations and individuals who can assist you in establishing your business.

Researching Your Business Interest

Even before immigrating to Canada, prospective business immigrants can research sectors of the Canadian economy via the internet. A good place to start is Industry Canada which provides comprehensive information about most sectors of the economy including company directories, statistics and analysis, events, human resources, and contacts for further details. Persons interested in farming or agricultural-related business in Ontario will find the investment services website of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food helpful. Many parts of Ontario see tourism related investment as an important part of their economic development strategy. The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry website will be of interest to business immigrants interested in settling and establishing in business in Northern Ontario, or in finding out more information about Ontario's large mining and mineral industry. The Canada Business Network provides business owners and entrepreneurs with access to reliable, up-to-date and relevant information to help them start and grow their business. CBN integrates resources from all three levels of government and not-for-profit groups. It provides fast and easy access to information and services.


With white sand beaches, waterfalls and breath-taking views, there is much to see and do in Wawa.  We are an energetic community with plenty of options for those interested in an active lifestyle. From yoga and hip-hop dance, to Karate and archery lessons, Wawa has a wide range of recreational programs to choose from. Wawa is also a snowmobile and ATV paradise with 450 kilometres of trails for those who love outdoor adventure.   Wawa’s proximity to Lake Superior Provincial Park, Pukaskwa National Park and countless rivers and lakes makes it an ideal location for those seeking to enjoy the vast wilderness on their doorstep. Imagine yourself riding the waves of Lake Superior in a kayak, viewing majestic bald eagles and moose, or even reeling in a delicious trout while knowing that a large city and the US border is only five hours’ drive away. The Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre also services Wawa residents looking for organized activities. The Community Centre features an ice-rink, curling rink, fitness room (complete with cardio cross trainers, treadmills, and resistance/weight training area), squash room, sauna and shower facilities with lockers. Visit the pro-shop and ask about all the community programs designed to keep the whole family fit and having fun!


Shane Price And Julie MacDonald

“My fiancé and I relocated to Wawa from Kitchener, Ontario. First Shane moved in 2006, essentially, for a great job in the mining sector and for the ruggedness of the area as we really enjoy camping, fishing, hiking etc. Then I moved the following year after completing some University courses in 2007. At first I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into as I’d never lived in a smaller town before. Now, I not only have a great job and a sense of wonder in regards to the physical beauty that surrounds me, but I really can’t see myself living anywhere else! 

There are so many reasons why we have chosen to stay. The community of Wawa is filled with friendly, helpful, kind-hearted and passionate people. It is very safe community.  It’s also only a two and a half hour drive to a major city but far enough away that you get the sense that you’re surrounded by majestic wilderness that stretches as far as the eye can see. We have purchased a beautiful home here and have decided that this is the perfect place to raise a family.”

- Julie MacDonald, resident since 2007

Alyssa Milson

“I moved to Wawa in August 2009 after I completed my education at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. My partner is originally from Wawa and introduced me to the town when we first met. I was a little eerie at first when I was making the decision to commute to a small town after being a city girl for all my life. It turns out it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Wawa seems to draw people in; it could be due to all the activities that Wawa has to offer like; fishing, hiking, hunting snowmobiling etc... But I think it’s also due to the fact that the residents here are all incredibly welcoming and helpful when you are familiarizing yourself with the town. Wawa may be small but there is nothing like it.”

- Alyssa Milson

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