John Parker & Maureen Hutchinson-Parker - We have a combined 90 YEARS in the Hospitality Biz! 😳
That makes us feel very old. 😆
We were closed due to Covid in May, so I decided that since I wasn’t cleaning Rooms & Houses all day, I would clean the HIGHWAY!
I filled up 43 or 44 extra large green garbage bags. Unfortunately, I have to go over the stretches that I have done before, because they do not stay Garbage Free for very long. I filled one bag from a horrible mess on highway 101 near Tim Hortons. And another bag up by the OPP Station where it looked like someone’s bag of empty cans flew out of the back of their truck. On my way to check out the blueberries past Steephill Dam, I filled another bag at the intersection of Steephill Road and Highway 17. Tons of garbage – 3 empty windshield washer containers?
John thought I was INSANE taking on this job, but even he admitted that the spring drive to and from Wawa was absolutely gorgeous once it was Garbage Free. (It’s not anymore 😭, but I can’t keep up!) A big thanks to Karin Grundt for cleaning the Wawa highways for 27 YEARS!
Since the early 80’s, we’ve driven through 46 States & 9 Provinces, playing HOURS of Blackjack, collecting Casino Chips (250 Casinos so far). Some chips were Free, and some cost a Fortune! 🤣
We met in our 20's. Bought the Motel when we were 40. Now we are 60!
We've enjoyed working together for 38 Years!
The Swish Barrel is located behind the Motel. It's ALWAYS filled with Birds! 💕
We've been through so many changes in 20 Years.
Covid made us change again. We are fortunate that we've ALWAYS been able to Morph with the times!
The flood of 2012 was a big change....
We lost 3/4's of our Business & the Business was closed for a Year.
It took 5 LONG YEARS to get our entrance back. Rebuilding was never an option without LAND.😳 But we are SURVIVORS! 💕 We thank all of our Amazing Guests for their continued support.. 😘
Life is Short.... Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
2010 - The beginning of Tripadvisor Awards. Shirley Mills wrote a nice story about us.💕
I had to paint a billboard! 😃(2010 was all about Sign Painting)
How We Met
I’m from Sault Ste Marie, ON, John from Toronto. We met in Edmonton in 1982 at the Convention Inn Hotel. (Delta Inn South). I worked at the Top of the Inn Dining Room for 20 Years. John, the Executive Chef worked there for 16 Years.
In 1999, we moved back to Ontario to be closer to our families. 2000 – 2005, Mom & Dad took care of the Motel for us twice a year. We were able to continue travelling and add to our Casino Chip Collection.
Stacking the Canadian Snow Gauge since 2003
In the early Snowmobiling years, there wasn’t Snow or Trail information on the Internet. I’ve stacked the Canadian Snow Gauge 4 cases high, and ran a Snow Cam on my Website for decades.
This year, a cute fox showed up and posed beside the snow gauge.