John and I have been working in the Hospitality Industry for a combined 90 YEARS
Jan 17, 2020 – I found our youngest “Hospitality” photos that I have. I’m donning my first waitress uniform 1977. I worked at Perk’s Restaurant in Brampton (aka Toronto 😂). This is the youngest photo I have of John in his whites. Saxony Hotel, Edmonton – 1984
Travelling together, we’ve driven through 46 States, and 9 Provinces so far.
We met when we were 23, bought this place when we were 40, and now we are 60
January 17, 2020
We LOVE Renovation Season!! Look what we are doing this winter – New Feature Walls in all 5 Motel Rooms. If things go great, and the snow melts early enough to get into the houses, we plan to do a few more feature walls in the Cottage and Chalets too!
We just picked up more Pine Slats at Wawa’s Home Building Centre. Thanks Rob! We can start on Wall #2.
We never wanted to own a boring, Cookie-Cutter Highway Motel. The Rooms and Houses are overflowing with amenities and decorated with my cartoons & photographs, Ken & Sierra Reece’s photographs and paintings by Rose Quigley & Helen Hutchinson.
Every year, we renovate and add something new. Things that no one ever supplies in hotel rooms.
I created a lot of Amenity Holders over the years – A favourite is the “Moose Tips”, but 2 years ago, I could no longer buy individually wrapped Q-Tips. I thought of taking down all my Moose plaques, but instead, I personally packaged the Q-Tips myself! (Yes, I’m THAT CRAZY about Amenities! )
Lucky for us, I knew how to design a website in the 90’s, and was able to get our Motel online when we bought the place.
But the BIG Booking Companies have taken control of Online Reservations and all Search Engines. We do not pay them to be listed.
I run our own Secure Booking Platform. It’s the only way people can reserve a Room or Chalet here.
We used to be listed on Trivago as #1 in Wawa, but now, if you DO NOT PAY one of the Big Booking Companies, you do not get listed.
Know that Tripadvisor’s DEFAULT PAGE is “Best Value” and ranks the Hotels that PAY, highest on the list. (They do not have prices from Hotels that do not pay). We are ranked Tops in “Traveller Ranked”
That award inspired me to paint our own Billboards. 😃
It's been a wild ridel! Back in 2007, we hit black ice, and rammed head on into a rock cut at Black Trout Lake But we were smiling for the camera because we were unhurt and still alive! (Truck was a total write-off)
Then, October 26, 2012 - Disaster Struck. We lost 3/4's of our Business in 2012 & the Business was closed for a Year.
But we weren't going anywhere. We LOVE this place, and our Guests love it too. We rebuilt the Chalets, and renovated everything that was on high ground. Our place is smaller, but we are 60 years old, so it's more than enough work for 2 Old Folks that want to retire. 👵🏻👴🏻 (John and I have worked without staff for a decade.)
We LOVE living here year round. Our property is a Wildlife Sanctuary. Guests say that it’s like a Fairy Tale, with all of our wonderful trained birds and squirrels.
I post tons of photos on Facebook.
Here’s an 8 second video of Sweetie Peetie – Our oldest, tamest Forest Squirrel
How We Met
I grew up in Sault Ste Marie, ON, John grew up in the Toronto area. We both moved to Edmonton, and met in 1982 at the Convention Inn Hotel (Now the Delta Inn South). I worked at the Top of the Inn Dining Room for 20 Years. John, the Executive Chef of the Hotel worked there for 16 Years. What an amazing time that was!
In 1999, we moved back to Ontario to be closer to our families. (My parents live in Sault Ste Marie, and John’s parents retired in Elliot Lake). We were open Year Round for the first 5 years 1999-2005. We were BLESSED to have my Mom & Dad take care of the Motel for us twice a year. We were able to continue travelling and add to our Casino Chip Collection.
We've been stacking the Canadian Snow Gauge and measuring Snow in Wawa since 2003
In the early Snowmobiling years, there wasn’t Snow information on the Internet for Snowmobilers. So I had a ton of fun measuring snow for all of the Snow Seekers. I ran the “Snow Cam” on my Website for decades.
I’ve been designing this Website for over 20 years! What a mish mash of 20 Years of being here. LOL! But much like our Rooms and Chalets, we prefer to have it Interesting, instead of Generic. 🤣
Mo & John