The bear cub that inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories was named for the city of Winnipeg


Winnie statue photo  © Doug Ross

Winnipeg, Manitoba – This ‘hot spot’ is Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo. World famous children’s character ‘Winnie the Pooh’ was named for the city of Winnipeg. A real bear cub from White River Ontario inspired the stories. During WW I a Captain Harry Colebourn purchased her for $10 from a trapper during a stop at the White River Ontario rail station. He took her on to England as his troop’s mascot, and named her Winnie for his home city of Winnipeg. Before shipping on to France he left Winnie at the London Zoo, where she was discovered by author A.A. Milne’s delighted son. Winnie inspired Milne to write the stories for his child, who called the cub ‘Winnie the Pooh’. A statue of Winnie and Captain Colebourn stands in Assiniboine Park. (Historica Video) .

The Zoo is located in Assiniboine Park, along the historic Assiniboine River in Winnipeg. The main gate is at 54 Zoo Drive. You’ll find the statue is referred to as ‘Winnie the Bear’ because of copyright issues with Disney.


Assiniboine Park Zoo, 2595 Roblin Blvd Winnipeg, Manitoba


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