Skip Navigation
White River Motel

Winnie the Pooh

World-famous children’s character Winnie the Pooh was inspired by an orphaned bear cub, which was purchased from a trapper at White River by Captain Harry Colebourn, during WW I. He was a veternarian and his troop train had stopped at this Northern Ontario town enroute from Winnipeg.

Colebourn named Winnie for his home city (Winnipeg) and took her on to England as his troop's mascot. Before shipping on to France he left Winnie at the London Zoo where she was discovered by author A.A. Milne’s delighted son Christopher. Winnie inspired Milne to write the children’s stories for his child.

The town has a large statue of Winnie complete with honey pot, and the popular children's character is celebrated with Winnie's Annual Hometown Festival, held the third week in August. 

Annual Festival

August 15 to August 17

Celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh in his home town of White River. The town holds an annual three day festival with a theme that changes each year.