Gold Star Township of White River

Bear (Winnie the Pooh)

Winnie the Pooh - Steve RobinsonWinnie the Pooh - Steve Robinson
Designer: Anthony Van Bruggen and Alvaro Cervantes of Disney Studios
Built by: George Barone (Barone Sculptures of Winnipeg)

When Built: 1992

Height: 25 Feet (7.6 Metres)
Weight: 2000 pounds

Construction Materials:
Marbelite - composed of resins marble dust, fibreglass materials and catalysts


Reason for Building:

White River is Winnie's Hometown.

Additional Information:

Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, a Canadian Army Veterinarian, purchased a Black Bear Cub at White River on August 24, 1914. He was on his way overseas. He named the cub "Winnie" after Winnipeg, Manitoba (his home town). Coleburn left "Winnie" in the care of the London Zoo, while he served in France. In 1919, he gave Winnie to the Zoo. In 1926, A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard created the fictional character "Winnie the Pooh" based on the bear.

The sculpture was dedicated on August 22nd, 1992.

Pictured in the first photo is the photographer's daughters Jamie-lee and Jesse and sons Brandon and Kyle. The second is of his wife Leea and himself.

The late George Barone also created a Viking (Gimli, MB), a White Horse (St. Francis Xavier, MB), a Sharp-Tailed Grouse (Ashern, MB), a Turtle (Boissevain, MB), a Skier (McCreary, MB) and a Camel (Glenboro, MB).

White River also features giant thermometers

Information Sources: Township of White River

Pictures Sources: Steve Robinson


Created By DMY on February 26, 1999
Last Updated: November 15, 2002