We’ve been working in the Hospitality💕 Industry for a combined 90 YEARS!
We do not have Staff and do everything ourselves. (We tried hiring the wildlife to clean for us, but Moose hooves scratch the bathtubs and Bears are too furry. 😆)
My Perk’s Uniform, Bramption Ontario 1977. Young Chef John, Saxony Hotel, Edmonton Alberta 1983.
We LOVE Travelling together. 🚗 We’ve driven through 46 States, and 9 Provinces – Collecting Ca$ino Chip$.
We met when we were 23, bought this place when we were 40, and now we are 60
We enjoy Renovation Season!! (When we are closed, we renovate because when we are open, there’s only time for cleaning, laundry and front desk. Work work work) This year we are installing new feature walls in all of the Motel Rooms.
Our life is always about having fun! We never wanted to own a boring, Cookie-Cutter Highway Motel. The Rooms and Houses are part of our HOME.. Overflowing with amenities and decorated with my cartoons & photographs, Ken & Sierra Reece’s photographs and paintings by Rose Quigley & Helen Hutchinson.
I created a lot of Amenity Holders over the years. lol@Moose Tips. But 2 years ago, they stopped selling 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! )
I had a Custom Made Cartoon Website in the 90’s, so when we bought the Motel, I knew how to design a website. We had the only Motel website back then, and were easily found on the internet.
But now the BIG Booking Companies have BILLIONS and own 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, 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 Crazy life in Wawa! We hit black ice and rammed head on into a rock cut. We were smiling because we were unhurt and still alive! (Truck was a total write-off)
We live 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
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