Bear (Winnie the Pooh)
When Built: 1992
White River is Winnie's Hometown.
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