About Maureen Hutchinson-Parker & John Parker

We have worked together since 1982, and amazingly, we still enjoy working together 😁

Mo & John at Bay Mills Casino, Dec 20, 2018
John Parker and Maureen Hutchinson Parker
1984 - John & Mo (Crazy Oiler Fans)

We just finished our 19th Season at the Northern Lights Motel & Chalets!! 😁 We thank all of our wonderful guests for a Fantastic SEASON! 

We have a combined 86 YEARS working in the Hospitality Industry, and when our Guests are Happy, WE are Happy!

We close the Motel in Slow Season throughout winters. But we still live here. We renovate and enjoy the wildlife. Our property is a Wildlife Sanctuary and a bag of peanuts lasts us 2 Days! LOL!

We feed dozens of squirrels and hundreds of birds. 

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 YearsWhat an amazing time that was! ❤️

Our Casino Chip Collection

We've driven through 46 States & 9 Provinces. Collecting Casino Chips along the way. We've played Blackjack in approximately 250 Casinos...

Some Chips were FREE, some cost us a FORTUNE. 😆  I even became a Blackjack Dealer for Klondike Days in Edmonton. (But I prefer to play.)  

How did we end up in Wawa?

In 1999, we wanted to be closer to our families, and moved back to Ontario and went "ALL IN" buying the Northern Lights Motel. Our BIGGEST Gamble Ever ~

Mo and John
Don't you love the No Vacancy Sign I made? 😆

We ran the Motel Year-Round for the first 5 years & Mom and Dad, Helen and Bob Hutchinson, SAVED US and ran the Motel for us for 10 days, twice a year. Aunt Wanda and Uncle George Hutchinson, would help out. John and I could ESCAPE, and we drove a million miles, adding to our Casino Chip Collection.

Happy Hour at the Northern Lights Motel
Dad, Mom, Wanda & George - Happy Hour at Chalet 2

Stacking the Canadian Snow Gauge in Wawa

We created the "Canadian Snow Gauge" 4 Beer Cases High, and ran the Snow Cam on our website and on facebook for 13 years. This was years before Social Media and Facebook.

Wawa Canadian Snow Gauge
This winter's Snow Gauge
Chica and the Canadian Snow Gauge
How the Snow Gauge Started
Wawa Northern Lights Snow Gauge Snowman
Snow Gauge 2017

Our 19 Years here have been interesting.

  • We’ve won many Awards
  • We’ve been through a Disaster
  • We even escaped Death when we hit black ice and smashed into a Rock Cut 😳

I have great fun on the Internet posting Wildlife Photos, making YouTube Videos, turning Nature photos into puzzles for www.Jigidi.com

My handle is nlmotel

I’m pretty fast at putting Puzzles together – Try to beat my time 😃

Hotel Motel Cartoon

I had started my own Custom-Made-Cartoon Business back in 1993. But once we bought the Motel, I didn’t have time for Cartoons. 

I did manage to draw a few last year. Here’s a link to the Cartoon page, with a couple of crazy Motel Stories. 😁

My Latest Craze?

Spring 2018 - I was clearing a trail to Spider Falls, and I came across the CUTEST Moose Droppings on the forest floor! So I HAD to make "organic" Moose Fridge Magnets. lol! Aren't they a hoot?? I gave away DOZENS & hope to make more for this season.

Our 20th Season begins May 15th. As always, we look forward to having you stay with us! 

Maureen & John  xxxooo

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