Become a Member of the Wawa Economic Development Corporation

The EDC of Wawa will be accepting applications from any resident over 18 who wishes to become a member of the Economic Development Corporation of Wawa. As a member, you may vote and run for a Director’s position at the EDC Annual General Meeting on April 3, 2019. As a Director, you can work with ten other community leaders to make Wawa more attractive to investors, business owners and visitors.

There are up to 11 persons on the EDC Board and up to five director positions will be filled at the AGM in April. Persons interested in serving on the Board sit for a two-year term and attend monthly meetings usually dedicating about five hours per month to economic development initiatives.

Wawa residents over the age of 18 years may fill out an online application through our Facebook page, our website or you may obtain a membership application by contacting Jessie Labonte at 856-4419 / email: or visit the EDC office at 96 Broadway Avenue.  Apply by March 22 to vote at the April 3 meeting.…/m1w5tka51aoav…/

Top 10 Wawa Winter Activities

1 Cross Country Skiing and Groomed Trails

Wawa has an abundance of cross-country ski trails all groomed and maintained by local volunteers. It’s a great low impact activity for the winter months! If you are interested in cross country skiing, you can contact the Wawa Community Centre Pro Shop at 3 Chris Simon Dr. for a membership (Family – $60, Individual – $30) and for a map of the local trails. Want to stay up to date on the trail conditions and participate in the active skiing community? Join the Wawa Facebook Group named “Wawa Cross Country Ski”. Wawa Cross Country Ski Club contact the Wawa Community Centre Pro-Shop at (705) 856-2244 ext. 240.

2 Snowmobiling and Snow Bikes – Trails and Rentals

There are over 300 km of groomed trails in the Wawa area for your snowmobiling pleasure all maintained by local volunteers. Check out the Wawa Snow Riders Facebook Page for more information on trail conditions.  If you are interested in hitting the trails, make sure to stop online at the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club Website to purchase your trail permit. Don’t have your own snowmobile? A local business does offer rental machines! Contact Jones Power Sports today to see about renting and discovering a new hobby this winter! (705) 856-7576. Interested in trying something different? Have you ever heard of a snow bike? Wawa Snow Down this year is featuring Rally Connex snow bikes. Check out the Wawa Snow Down website for more information.

3 Ice Fishing and the Wawa Ice Fishing Derby

Ice fishing in Wawa is second to none! You can purchase your fishing licence online at or by visiting the Wawa MNRF office on Mission Road. There is a variety of different species to fish for including walleye, whitefish, lake trout, and rainbow trout. It is a great outdoor activity that can include the whole family that requires little equipment and is low on cost. The Wawa Ice Fishing Derby is March 1-3, 2019. The event is popular with over $140,000 in cash and prizes! For more information on the Wawa Ice Fishing Derby visit

4 Snowshoeing and Rentals

Snowshoeing is a favourite pastime for many residents in Wawa. There are many trails in the surrounding area including those in Lake Superior Provincial Park that have breathtaking views as reward for your efforts. The Municipality of Wawa even rents snow shoes from the Wawa Community Centre free of charge! Stop by and pick up a pair or you can purchase locally at the Canadian Tire. There is a Facebook Group called Superior Hiking that often provides a place for hikers to get together to plan outings!

5 Public Ice Skating – Indoor/Outdoor

The Municipality of Wawa offers great opportunity for skating in the winter months. Throughout the week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays you can skate from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in open skate. On Fridays and Sundays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. which has a skate patroller on duty. You can even skate on Saturdays with open skate from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The outdoor rink is dependent on Wawa weather, for information check out the website or call the Wawa Community Centre Pro-Shop at (705) 856-2244 ext. 240.

6 Family Fun Activities

Tobogganing or “sliding” in Wawa has been a favourite pastime for local children for years. On any given winter day when school lets out, if you drive by Queens Park Hill, you are sure to see many kids with their toboggans all bundled up and flying down the hill. It is a great family activity and promotes exercise carting your sleigh back up the hill! Building a snowman is another great simple family activity, yet it never gets old! Fun for the whole family to experience some outside play that costs nothing. Some snow, a few rocks and sticks, get creative! Kids love to see their snowman come to life. More adventurous? Sign up for the Wawa Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture Contest and see what you can do!

7 Wawa Winter Carnival – 3rd Weekend in February

Every year volunteers work hard with the Municipality of Wawa to host the Wawa Winter Carnival. Volunteers choose a theme, and the fun begins! Events such as a parade, fireworks, bonfire, polar plunge and family dance all help to cure those winter blues. There are contests to be entered as well. Don’t miss out on the Wawa Winter Carnival this year, always occurring on Family Day weekend. If you are interested in being part of the Special Events Committee, contact Brain Lachine at 705-856-2244 ext. – 247.

8 Curling and Tournaments

The Wawa Community Centre is utilized by volunteers for 4 curling leagues that include Men’s, Ladies, Mixed and Seniors. A popular sport for all ages from October to April. If you are interested in participating in any of the leagues mentioned, the contact information is listed below.

Men’s League – Monday Nights
Contact: Jim Hoffmann 705-856-7562

Ladies League – Tuesday Nights
Contact: Amanda Huff 705-856-1384

Mixed League – Thursday Nights
Contact: Reg & Diane Spencer 705-856-4408

Senior Curling – Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Contact: Community Centre Reception 705-856-2244 ext. 240

9 Fitness Classes

The Wawa Community Centre offers fitness classes for all levels of fitness! Classes include Pilates Strength, Gentle Yoga, Cardio Shred, Beginners Fitness Class, Total Body Blast and so much more! Both morning and evening classes are offered, you can pay per class or purchase a membership to the Community Centre gym which is now open 24 hours. A great way to socialize and get your exercise in over the winter months!

10 Other

There are so many fun activities to participate in this winter. You can volunteer for a local organization such as the Wawa Food Bank and help give back to your fellow residents. You can visit the Roxy Bowling Centre, on Saturdays is Cosmic Bowling! Our local legion offers great activities such as darts and Ladies Auxiliary Luncheons. Our local library is a great place to take your kids for after school activities to get their creative juices flowing. Watch for upcoming events through posters around town or on Facebook through the Wawa Economic Development Page and our Top 10 Things to do published every month!

Wawa’s Shop Local Guide


Happy Shopping!

1 Mir-made Baby Apparel

Know a cute baby? Have a friend with a bundle on the way? Mir-made Baby Apparel has you covered. With adorable prints that are unique and options for apparel, blankets and other items, you won’t disappoint your gift recipient. You can contact owner Mirinda Patterson through the Mir-made Baby Apparel Facebook Page:

Mir-made Baby Apparel Facebook Page

2 Judy Page Baking

Don’t have time to bake for your upcoming event? Invited to a friend’s place for dinner and wish to treat the host? Judy Page offers treats for all taste buds and biting into anything she makes is like a little piece of heaven. Contact Judy at
(705) 852-0161 or on her Facebook page – Judy Page-Moore Catering.

Judy Page Catering Facebook Page

3 Lady Dunn Health Centre Gift Shop

Looking for something different? Something unique? Find it at the Lady Dunn Health Centre Gift Shop. The Shop offers everything from jewelry to children’s books and everything in between. Find that perfect little something that will make someone smile. Gift Shop hours are Monday to Friday 10:00am to 3:30pm. You can also find the Gift Shop on Facebook at LDHC Gift Shop.

Lady Dunn Health Centre Gift Shop Facebook Page

4 George Karasek Fur Apparel & Carvings

Looking for a gift to keep a loved one warm that is good quality? Look no further than George’s fur accessories. Everything from hats to keychains, George also carves beautiful animals out of wood, an awesome gift for the nature enthusiast. Missed him at the By-Hands Festival? Give him a call at (705) 856-1532.

5 Superior Creations

Have someone in your life that loves to decorate for the seasons? Want to personalize your gift? Superior Creations can help! Beautiful signs, personalized items, have something in mind, she can work with you to make your gift extra special. Send her a message on her Facebook Page – Superior Creations.

Superior Creations Facebook Page

6 Wawa Rent All

Have a handyman in your life? Go see Tom at Wawa Rent All for anything from quality outdoor gear to snowblowers. A gift certificate would also come in handy for anyone on your list as Wawa Rent All services your machines and you can also rent anything from a pressure washer to a roller packer! Stop by the store at 58 Winston Road Rear, open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. t0 12:00 noon on Saturday and closed Sundays.

7 Beachfront Trading Post

For the avid hunter or fisher in your life, stop by the Beachfront Trading Post at 14 Broadway Ave. and pick up some gear or a gift certificate to put towards bait or let them pick their own lures! Lots to chose from and quality products offered!

8 Blue Canoe Creations – Teething Products

Laura Mitchell, owner and creator at Blue Canoe Creations is a mom herself and knows how handy it is to have safe options for those teething babies! She offers various teething products from food-grade silicone beads, including necklaces, soother clips, carrier rings, and more. She can customize to your wishes and has gorgeous designs! Contact Laura on her Facebook page to see what she can do for you!

Blue Canoe Creations Facebook Page

9 Spike Mills Art
Our talented local artist will always impress! Have an art lover in your life and looking to get them a unique piece? You may have heard of our famous Gitchee Goomees created by Spike, but did you know his gallery offers so much more? From masks to jewelry to sculptures, Spike has it all! Drop by the Gallery at the Lakeview Hotel and see what you find or check out his Facebook page – Spike Mills.

Spike Mills Facebook Page

10 Algoma Highlands Wild Blueberry Farm

Looking for a local product to share with someone you know? Look no further than Algoma Highlands Blueberry Farm. Owners Trevor and Tracey Laing own the 640-acre family farm located 3 km from downtown Wawa.

Selling frozen berries, jam, barbeque sauce, syrup and much more!  All products are 100% natural, with no artificial colour or preservatives added. You can purchase their products at Beachfront Trading Post in the winter or by giving Trevor and Tracey a call at (705) 856-4401 or (705) 852-6642.

11 The Bargain Shop

The Bargain Shop in Wawa is filled with options. Inventory changes frequently so you never know what you are going to find. Store hours are Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

12 Canadian Tire Wawa

The great Northern Canadian one stop shop! Anything from kitchen appliances, toys, tools and car parts! Good quality brands and fantastic inventory in stock. If you can’t find it in store, Simon Carignan can order it in for you! Store hours are Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.!

13 All Washed Up – Superior Driftwood Crafts

So much creativity in our little community! Barb Leschishin makes and sells driftwood creations along with her friend Veronica who sells Beach Glass Art. These beautiful pieces make incredible gifts for those on your list who love our great lake or who are just generally hard to buy for! Call (705) 856-7466 to see what Barb has in stock today!

All Washed Up – Superior Driftwood Crafts Facebook Page

14 Chic N Swell Hair and Day Spa

Have a special woman in your life that you would like to treat to some pampering? Or maybe you could use a little pamper yourself. Chic N Swell offers so many great services including but not limited to: eyelash extensions, microblading, body waxing, ear piercing, haircare and spa services and nail services. Contact one of the lovely ladies today to snag one at 705-856-0101.

15 The Olive Branch

Heidi McLaren has pure talent when it comes to creating something beautiful. Anyone  would love something created by The Olive Branch Floral Designs. Heidi creates flower arrangements, bouquets and can even put together a lovely gift basket full of delicious goodies for you or as a gift. Contact Heidi on her Facebook page – The Olive Branch Floral Designs or by calling (705) 499-6520 to order something special today!

The Olive Branch Floral Design Facebook Page

16 Home Hardware Building Centre

Home Hardware Building Centre offers a wide range of homewares and building supplies for your projects. Order anything that you see fit from the Home Hardware website. Visit Rob or Angela today to see what they can do to help you find what you are looking for. Store hours are Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

Home Hardware Website

17 Fenlon’s Pharmacy

A wide range of everyday hygiene essentials, toys for the little ones, jewelry, handbags, clothes, candles and so much more! Stop by the store today and see what you may find. Store hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

18 John’s Valu-Mart

Anything and everything you could possibly want to eat awaits you at John’s Valu-Mart. Friendly staff and fully stocked shelves will help cure your hunger and solve what you are going to make for dinner! Store hours are Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

19 Reiki and Meditation With Tina

Tina offers a variety of Reiki Treatments, classes, meditation sessions and workshops for adults, youth, children & organizations. Contact Tina today (705)852-0862.

Reiki and Meditation with Tina Facebook Page

20 Wawa Gift Certificates

All local businesses offer gift certificates whether your thinking of a restaurant, gas station, the local Roxy Bowling Alley or local photographer! Check out our business directory today for some awesome ideas!

21 Wagging Tails Kennel

Need something for your pet? Stop by Wagging Tails Kennel at 171 Government Road to purchase anything your pet could desire!  Wagging Tails is also a full-service kennel that will taking loving care of your pet while you are away! Tracy also offers grooming services for your little fur friend. Stop by today.

(705) 856-7750

22 Superior Archery

Owner Gord Bonitzke can help you with all of your archery needs. He can repair, tune and sell you your hunting and target archery supplies. Gift certificates are also available. You can contact Gord by calling (705) 856-7304.