Natural Heritage

Natural Heritage

When was the last time you noticed how dramatic the Helen Mountain is sitting as a huge, ancient volcanic relic dwarfing our town? And how lucky are we to have a gorgeous spring fed lake at our doorstep? Not to mention we are only a hop skip and a jump from the world’s largest freshwater lake. Even though many of us may bemoan the fact that we have to drive that unpredictable stretch of pavement between here and the Sault, I think we can all agree that it is one of THE most incredible sections of scenic roadway the Trans-Canada has to offer.

“I don’t know who invented water, but it wasn’t a fish.” Marshall McLuhan

It is human nature to take your surroundings for granted. As we grow and evolve in one place, we stop recognizing the uniqueness and special character of our home environments. It is only when Great Aunt Pat or your old high school classmate comes for a visit that you see your surroundings through outsider’s eyes and perhaps get a sense of what is truly distinctive and extraordinary about your hometown.

Wawa’s list of natural wonders is endless and would make any other community jealous. Our natural heritage is the reason we are here. The waterways attracted our First Nations ancestors and European explorers. The abundance of fur-bearing mammals and tasty fish were the basis of Michipicoten’s first commercial industries. The wealth of minerals, forests and hydro-producing streams have sustained us for more than a century. Although some of the bigger traditional industries are a mere reflection of their predecessors, Wawa’s unique landscape continues to support our northern lifestyles and inspire us as entrepreneurs, artists and residents.

This following list of natural resources and assets in the Wawa area was compiled during the Wawa Cultural Mapping project from September 2011 to April 2012.

Click on the locator pin for more detailed information on each natural heritage site.  Click on the “Collected Resource” tab to see the full list of natural elements and resources submitted during this project. If you see anything missing and have any additional items you want to see on this list, please send an email to or enter them on our Wawa Cultural Map Facebook page.

The Wawa Cultural Mapping project was a seven month program sponsored by the Town of Wawa and the Province of Ontario.

Mapped Resources

Collected Resources

ancient glacial spillway
ancient lake terraces
ancient sea caves
Bald Eagles
Black Bears
Blueberry Point
Brook Trout streams
Canadian Lynx
Copper bearing rock
Diamond conglomerate
Driftwood Beach
emerald lakes (ie Lena Lake)
Fly-fishing streams
Government Dock Beach
Gravel pit east end of Wawa Lake
Great Blue Heron Colony
Gold bearing rock
Hudson’s Bay Lowland fossils
Keweenawan rock
Iron ore deposits
Lake Superior Highlands Conservation Reserve
Lake Superior Park forest transition zone
Lake Superior Provincial Park
Lake Trout fishing
Level Plains Blueberry Fields
Lion’s Beach
Magie River canoe route
Magpie blueberry fields
Magpie River
Magpie River Terraces
Magpie River Terraces
Michipicoten High Falls
Michipicoten Island Provincial Park
Michipicoten Post Provincial Park
Michipicoten River
Michipicoten River canoe route
Mr. Vallee Park
Old Woman Bay
Peregrine Falcon nesting sites
Pickerel/Walleye fishing
Pike fishing
Potholes Provincial Park
Pre-Cambrian exposed bedrock
Pukaskwa National Park
Rainbow fishing
Salamander Ridge Farm
Salmon spawning on Michipicoten River
Sand Hill Crane nesting
Sandy Beach
Scenic High Falls
Scenic Lookout Harbour Road
Silver deposits
Silver Falls/Mission Falls
Smelt run
South Michipicoten River Conservation Reserve
Sturgeon populations
Timber Wolves
Volcanic rock
Voyageur trails
Waterfowl Viewing Platform
Wawa Beachfront Heritage Walk
Wawa Community Garden
Wawa Lake
Wawa Lake/Wawa Creek Bridge
White Sands Beach
Woodland Caribou habitat