The Municipality of Wawa is a Northern Ontario community of about 3,000 residents. It occupies a total land area of 420 square kilometers, including the communities of Wawa, Michipicoten River Village (Mission) and Michipicoten Harbour. It is located at the intersection of the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 17) and Highway 101. It stretches from the shores of Wawa Lake to the shores of Lake Superior with the Magpie and Michipicoten Rivers flowing through the community. Wawa is at the geographical centre of Ontario and it is accessible by water, air, land and rail.
Wawa is located 225 kilometers north of Sault Ste. Marie along one of the top-ten drives in Canada that follows the breath-taking Lake Superior shoreline. Providing services to several communities in Northeastern Ontario, the Wawa Region covers 90,000 km2 (35,000 square miles) and encompasses 6,500 people living in: Chapleau, White River, Dubreuilville, and six First Nation communities including our close neighbor Michipicoten First Nation.
Wawa’s major business sectors include: Gold Mining, Four-Season Tourism, Forestry, Retail and Personal Services. The community boosts a fully-serviced hospital, state-of-the-art communication infrastructure consisting of digital switching and fibre optics, land and buildings available for immediate development at a lower cost than many other towns, competitive wages, and a skilled and efficient workforce and access to many unique government funding programs available only to businesses that locate in Northern Ontario. Wawa also offers a unique competitive advantage to industries that can benefit from low-cost transportation by providing both rail and shipping services through Michipicoten Harbour on Lake Superior.
Distances to Major Centers
Sault Ste Marie (Ontario) – 225 Km / 139 Miles
Thunder Bay – 470 Km / 292 Miles
Sudbury – 530 Km / 329 Miles
North Bay – 655 Km / 406 Miles
Toronto – 910 Km / 565 Miles
Ottawa – 1015 Km / 630 Miles
Montreal – 1215 Km / 754 Miles
Detroit (Michigan) – 1255 Km / 779 Miles