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”.
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