Transportation & Market Access
Wawa is located 225 km north of Sault Ste. Marie and 470 kilometres east of Thunder Bay, along side the Trans-Canada highway. (Highway 17). Wawa serves as an intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 101 to Timmins.
The Algoma Central Railway (ACR) operates regular Passenger Service between their depot in Sault Ste. Marie and the northern terminus, 296 miles away in Hearst, Ontario. The Algoma Central rail line runs through the heart of 22,000 square miles of recreation wilderness called Algoma County providing access to numerous lakes and rivers, private camps and cottages and a variety of Wilderness Lodges. The closest access point to Wawa is Hawk Junction which is 15 km away from downtown Wawa.
The Municipality of Wawa operates a public airport facility (CYXZ) for commercial and private aircraft. The airport is located on Highway 101 just off highway 17 across from the Famous Wawa Goose. It has one paved runway which is 1,200 m in length (4,429 ft x 100 ft). Lights can be keyed by the pilot. Additional facilities include a weather station, providing observations and weather information for incoming aircraft. Wilderness Helicopters Ltd. owns a commercial hangar at the airport for aircraft services.
Float equipped aircraft is located on Wawa and Halk Lakes. Commercial charter service is available from Air-Dale Flying Service Limited, Halk Air Service, Watson’s Algoma Vacations and Watson’s Skyways and Wilderness Helicopters Ltd. on these lakes.
Wawa Municipal Airport
Hwy 101, Box 500
Wawa, ON P0S 1K0
Phone: 705.856.2244 ext 270 Fax: 705.856.1788
Weather Station Phone: 705.856.0150
Wawa is home to a natural deep sea harbour. The Facility was used extensively by Algoma Ore to ship iron to market for many yearsm but was sold to private company in the late 1990s. The wharf area is approximately 1.500 feet long and 300 feet wide. Up to one-third of the wharf area may become availavle for commercial use. The existing dock is a wooden faced heavy timber structure which is 8 feet above datum and there is a trucking corridor to the dock. The water depth of the harbour facility is 22 1/2 feet.
The Harry McCluskie Memorial Marina
Wawa is home to a natural river mouth connected to Lake Superior. The river has currently undergone dredging transformation to allow larger boats into the docking area. It is anticipated that it will functional by the summer of 2010. Located inside the junction of the Magpie and Michipicoten Rivers, the marina provides facilities for 97 slips (40 slips with water and electrical hookups) that are availavle by the day, week, month or season.
The mouth of the river at Lake Superior is constantly changing, and varies in depth from 6 to 8 feet. At the gas dock the water depth is 5 feet, and inside the marina basin the depth is 8 feet. The marina can accommoate pleasure craft up to an 80 foot length. A picnic shelter, water supply, clean washrooms and showers, sewage pump out, and fuel are available on site.