Gold Star Town of Cochrane, Ontario

Polar Bear (Chimo)

Polar Bear - Gerald KornelsenPolar Bear - Steve Robinson
Built by: Unknown

When Built: 1970

Dimensions:
Length: 35 Feet (10.7 Metres)

Construction Materials:
Fibreglass

Location:
Entrance of Town on Highway 11,
in front of the Cochrane Board of Trade/Tourist Information Hut.

Reason for Building:

Cochrane is the starting point of the Polar Bear Express, a train that goes to Moosonee on the edge of James Bay. This train goes the farthest North in the province of Ontario hence the name. As a result, the polar bear was chosen as the Town of Cochrane's mascot.

Additional Information:

Chimo means "Be Welcome" or "We are friendly" in Cree

The second photo features the photographer Steve Robinson's wife Leea, daughter Jesse and sons Brandon and Kyle. It was taken in 2002. The bear has been moved from it's normal spot while road construction was going.

Information Sources: Stephanie from the Cochrane Tourist Association and http://www.onlink.net/puc/cochrane.htm

Pictures Sources: Gerald Kornelsen and Steve Robinson

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Created By DMY on February 26, 1999
Last Updated: November 11, 2002