About John & Mo

John Parker & Maureen (Mo) Hutchinson-Parker

John Parker and Maureen Hutchinson Parker
1984 – Edmonton Oiler Dynasty Years

John and I have worked together since 1982, and amazingly, we still enjoy working together. 😆

John and Mo at the Top of the Inn, Convention Inn, Edmonton, Alberta

We just finished our 19th Season at the Northern Lights Motel & Chalets!! 😁 We thank all of our wonderful guests for the BEST SEASON EVER!! We have a combined 86 YEARS working in the Hospitality Industry, and when our Guests are Happy, WE are Happy!

We still live here in winter. We renovate and enjoy the wildlife. Our property is a Wildlife Sanctuary through the winter. A bag of peanuts lasts us 2 Days! LOL!

I took an 8 second video of Sweetie Peetie – Our tamest Forest Squirrel ❤️


How We Met & Why we are in Wawa

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. Oh how we LOVE and MISS that Hotel & everyone that worked with us. (20 years in Uniforms to 20 Years in T-Shirts 😎)

Mo and John at Convention Inn

Top of the Inn Dining Room Convention Inn
Top of the Inn Dining Room (John, Murray, Mo, Li & Chris)
Chef John Parker
Chef John Parker featured in the Edmonton Journal 1994
John, the Executive Chef, in front of the Convention Inn 1995

The Top of the Inn Diningroom staff gave us an AWESOME going away present in 1998 (Of course it hangs in our Motel Office). The Top of the Inn Dining Room closed shortly after we left. It’s now a Banquet Room. 🙁

Top of the Inn
Top of the Inn Dining Room Staff

November 19, 2017 – We had a 20th Reunion in Edmonton!! It was WONDERFUL to see everyone again!

Convention Inn Reunion
Convention Inn/Top of the Inn 20th Reunion

Through our 20’s and 30’s, John and I LIVED for Travelling and Gambling. We drove through 46 States and 9 Provinces, Collecting Casino Chips along the way. Some Chips were FREE, some cost us a FORTUNE. 😆 In Off Season, we gamble at our favourite Bay Mills Casino every chance we get!

Mo Klondike Days Dealer
I dealt Blackjack during Klondike Days for 3 Years. What a hoot!
Mo & John's Wedding
We were tired of being happy, so we got married in 1992 😂

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 beautiful No Vacancy sign I made? lol

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
Happy Hour at the Northern Lights Chalet

In 2002 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.

Chica and the Canadian Snow Gauge
Shirley Mills wrote about Chica and the Canadian Snow Gauge 2014


Over the 19 Years, we’ve won Awards, been through a Disaster, and even came close to Death when we hit black ice, and a Rock Cut. 😳 After the truck hit the Rock Cut, and Air Bags went off (The air bags were like hitting a soft fluffy pillow), we were Airborne, then crashed onto the middle of the highway! Lucky for us, we were able to crawl out of the passenger window and escape before traffic slammed into us. Here we are – still smiling because we were unhurt and ALIVE. (We always look at the Positive)

Mo and John's crazy adventures
Uh yah…. the truck was a write-off

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

My handle is nlmotel

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

Mo's Puzzles on Jigidi


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.

Mo's Moose Poop Fridge Magnets

I started my own Custom Made Cartoon Business back in 1993 or so. But once I bought the Motel, I didn’t have time for that any more. But I drew a few last winter, and have plans of drawing some more this winter.

Hotel Motel Cartoon

Our 20th Season starts May 15, 2019 – October 10, 2019 (This Reservation Manager is designing a new website, and everyone will be able to make reservations for our 20th Season Jan 1, 2019) As always, we look forward to having you stay with us! xxxooo

Mo & John

One thought on “About John & Mo

  • February 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Yes! Finally someone writes about gambling.

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