5. World’s Largest Canada Goose, Wawa, Ont.
True or false: the Canada Goose is an official symbol of Canada. Surprise – the answer is false! Our country’s most famous waterfowl isn’t a certified emblem of Canada. While the beaver and maple tree enjoy such cultural status, the iconic Canada Goose does not. Despite it’s lack of an official honour, the Canada Goose is lovingly feted in Wawa, Ontario. The world’s largest Canada Goose first came to nest here beside the Trans-Canada Highway in 1960. Rather fittingly, Wawa means “Wild Goose” or “Land of the Big Goose” in Ojibway. Visitors flocking to see Wawa’s much photographed big bird will find her standing guard outside the township’s Tourist Information Centre.