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Winnie the Pooh’s connection to 3 Canadian Cities

Winnie the Pooh’s connection to 3 Canadian Cities

We’ve all heard the stories of Christopher Robin & Winnie the Pooh, but how many of you know the actual story of how & where it all started?

Winnie the Pooh has been long associated with my home town of Winnipeg Manitoba because the soldier, Harry Colebourn, who actually owned the bear, was from Wpg, MB.   He had named the female bear “Winnipeg”, but was later shorted to “Winnie”.

Something I had no idea was that Winnie was not actually from Winnipeg. Winnie was from White River Ontario where she was purchased for only $20.

Eventually, Harry Colebourn had to leave for the war and Winnie was housed in the London Ontario Zoo, where she passed away 12 May 1934 (aged 20)

So there you have it, a little history on Canada’s Winnie the Pooh!

ps. More info on Winnie – Wikipedia 

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Rainbow Falls – Ontario

Rainbow Falls – Ontario

Definitely a must see!
Starting at the lake, a short walk on the boardwalk takes you down along Rainbow Falls, which can be viewed from various angles and heights.   What you don’t see in the photo to the left is that I’m standing right beside the top of the waterfalls.  


If you look closely at the photos, you’ll discover why it’s named “Rainbow” Falls. The various colours pop out at you from all over!


This area predominately sits on Red Granite, which the colours really come to life when wet. 

 

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Paddle to the Sea & the Smallest Canadian Tire Store

Paddle to the Sea & the Smallest Canadian Tire Store

As you drive through Nipigon Ontario, one of their claims to fame is having the Smallest Canadian Tire Store in Canada. This photo actually makes it look bigger than what it is, but nope, its definitely a small store!

Then I came across the Paddle to the Sea park…

This is where a carved toy starts its journey…

Paddle to the Sea, a 1941 story written by Holling C. Holling. A story about a young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea.  Paddle’s journey takes him through the Great Lakes and into the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

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