Le Canton De White River

Bienvenue au canton de White River 

Découvrez la beauté de White River 

Le Canton de White River est surtout connu comme étant le berceau du personnage pour enfants mondialement célèbre, soit Winnie l'ourson, l'ourson qui est devenu la source d’inspiration de l’auteur A.A. Milne.  

White River est situé au milieu d'un paysage magnifique de forêts boréales luxuriantes, de lacs d'eau douce et d’une faune naturelle. Situé sur l'autoroute 17, la Transcanadienne, à mi-chemin entre Thunder Bay et Sault Ste. Marie, cette ville du Nord de l'Ontario relie le centre du Canada avec les provinces des Prairies et la Colombie-Britannique.

White River attire de nombreuses personnes venues de partout en Amérique du Nord pour découvrir la beauté naturelle du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario. En été, les résidants profitent de la baignade, du canotage, de la pêche et de la chasse et, en hiver, de la motoneige, du ski de fond et de la raquette. 

Avec une population de 1 000 personnes, White River est une petite communauté, mais elle est en pleine croissance. Grâce à son emplacement sur l’un des principaux axes routiers du Canada, White River  voit souvent s’arrêter de nouvelles industries, des services et des gens qui s’y installent de façon permanente. Ici, ils peuvent élever une famille, faire des affaires et profiter de nos paysages spectaculaires, tout cela étant devenu leur mode de vie naturel.

Le Canton de White River est heureux d’offrir en ligne  pour votre convenance le profil de sa communauté. Vous allez constater que White River possède un grand nombre de services et de commodités, tout en offrant un excellent potentiel de croissance. White River est un endroit merveilleux pour élever votre famille, s’embarquer dans un mode de vie actif à l'extérieur, et pour créer des opportunités d'affaires.

Nous serions heureux de vous faire parvenir une trousse d'information sur notre communauté et nos services. Si vous désirez parler avec quelqu'un de White River à n’importe quel sujet, s'il vous plaît, contactez-nous.


The Township of White River is located at the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 631. If you are flying into Canada, residents can access White River by arriving at the international airports of Thunder Bay or Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Domestic connections can then be easily taken into the regional airport of Wawa, Ontario and a car trip to White River.

Although we are a relatively small community with only 1000 residents, White River has six other neighbouring communities that combine to make a total population of approximately 12,000 people within a 1 hour driving radius.

There are a number of housing units available in town to rent or to own including apartments, duplexes (houses split into two sections), town houses, and single dwelling houses.

Local services provided to White River residents include municipal services such as a public library, a recreation centre, a waste disposal site and a trailer dumping station, as well as essential policing, fire, and ambulance services.

High quality communications services such as radio and television stations, telephone and internet are also accessible throughout White River. In addition to its modern infrastructure, White River is a safe community with superior health care provided by the White River Medical Clinic.

White River is surrounded by natural beauty and is the perfect place for the avid outdoors person to make a new home. There are many small, inland lakes and deep forests, which offer the very best water and land based activities, from fishing and hunting to incredible hiking and canoeing, among breathtaking scenery. For the snowmobile enthusiast, White River connects to the TOP trails (Top 100 ranking trails in North America) and Superior Snow Challenge Loops.

White River has much to offer new residents...a strategic location, a quality lifestyle and very affordable real estate, all serviced by a reliable and welcoming community infrastructure.


White River has successfully leveraged its natural resources into opportunities for employment and economic development. In its early days, White River was considered to be a railway town as rail work camps for the Canadian Pacific Railroad were the main economic driver for the community.

Today, White River’s economy and employment prospects are much more diversified and include opportunities in tourism and natural resource industries such as mining and forestry. In White River, major employment sectors include manufacturing, retail, public service, and construction.

For a full listing of employers in White River visit our Business Directory.


Families in White River are provided with access to a full range of education services in a progressive community setting.

A White River education guarantees that students receive individual care and attention in the classroom. Small class sizes and a supportive teaching environment allow educators to build an understanding of the individual needs of each student. This quality of teaching and attention to the individual student cannot be found in larger urban centres and provides a solid foundation for children and youth from White River to achieve educational success at the post-secondary level.

The St. Basil’s School offers Junior and Senior Kindergarten classes through to Grade 8. After graduating Grade 8, students are transported to the nearby Town of Wawa for secondary education at the Wawa High School.

French-language Catholic and public education is also offered to residents in Wawa where it is possible to study in French from Kindergarten to grade 12. Free transportation if offered to École publique l’Escalade (Kindergarten-grade 8) and École Saint-Joseph (Kindergarten to Grade 12) in Wawa.

Like most other rural towns in Northwestern Ontario, post-secondary education can be accessed in the nearby cities of Thunder Bay and Sault St. Marie. For those students who want to travel further to attend College or University, Canada offers some of the world’s best academic and vocational institutions.

 Doing Business

The Township of White River supports new business development and is committed to working with business owners to ensure that needs are met. Contact the Municipal Office for more information.

The Township of White River has a number of commercial, industrial and mixed use (residential/commercial) properties for sale. Contact the Municipal Office for more information.

If you require assistance to evaluate a potential business opportunity, the White River Economic Development Department is ready to assist you with your business plan preparation, grant and loan applications, research/feasibility studies, economics/social research, and project implementation.

If you require assistance to evaluate a potential business opportunity, the White River Economic Development Department is ready to assist you with your business plan preparation, grant and loan applications, research/feasibility studies, economics/social research and project implementation.

For further information please contact:

Tom Farquhar

Economic Development Officer

610 Elgin St.

White River, ON  P0M 3G0

Phone Number: 807-822-2859

Fax Number: 807-822-1228

Email: wredc@whiteriver.ca


White River has year-round sport, recreation and leisure:

White River Community Centre

White River Community Centre is a busy place, housing 3 sheets of ice and offering a variety of activities from hockey to curling and figure skating. There is also a full fitness centre, a baseball field, and a food and beverage facility.

Hunting and Fishing

The local wildlife includes small game, deer, moose and black bears, providing hunters with nearly year-round access to wild game. We attract a large number of moose hunters every fall. A complex watershed makes the Township a wonderful spot for inland fishing. Fishermen will not be disappointed with the opportunities to reel in a Walleye, Bass, Pike or Lake Trout. Our fresh water lakes and rivers are full of fish.

Summer Recreation

Within the Township there are endless opportunities for outdoor fun in the summer. We’ve got wilderness activities like hiking trails that loop through our forests and around our lakes and rivers, swimming, and canoeing to motorized boating activities.

Various community events are also hosted every year like the Canada Day Celebration and Winnie's Hometown Festival that takes place annually on the 3rd weekend in August. A statue, based on the Disney Winnie-the-Pooh character, stands in the Park where the Visitor Centre is located and can be viewed from Highway 17.

Winter Recreation

White River is a great place to find some of the best snowmobiling in North America. There are well-used trails that accommodate ATVs throughout the summer months and snowmobiles all winter long. Winter hiking, ice-fishing, snowshoeing, skating, organized hockey, curling league, pond-hockey and cross-country skiing are the favourite pastimes of local residents.

Other main attractions and clubs in White River include:

  • White River Heritage Museum
  • White River Visitor Park
  • C.P.R. Caboose
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 169
  • Crocker Lake Association
  • White River Seniors Harmony Club
  • Healthy Seniors of White River
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