About

 

John Parker & Maureen (Mo) Hutchinson-Parker 

John and I have been working together in the Hospitality Business since 1982.

We are looking forward to opening May 2017 for our 18th season! 

 May 15 till Oct 15 – John and I clean the Rooms and Houses all day and are THRILLED that Online Reservations have Saved our Souls. We are not blessed with staff to help us, but the Online Booking Platform does so much of our work. It keeps track of room inventory, never allows a double booking, and the guests receive an automatic email confirmation. It’s so amazing that we no longer take Phone Reservations. (We don’t want to screw anything up!) 

It’s been almost 5 years since the flood destroyed our business, but since then, we have completely renovated what was left of our Motel for our valued guests! 

Northern Lights Motel Wawa

We are Proud recipients of numerous Hospitality Awards over the years 

  •  American Express Hospitality Award
  • Alberta’s Gold Key Hospitality Award
  • Multiple Tripadvisor Awards for Best Bargain and Excellence 
Mo and John

John and Maureen 1985

A little about us ~ John was born in Lethbridge Alberta and raised in Toronto. I was born and raised in Sault Ste Marie Ontario. We met at the Convention Inn Hotel (Now the Delta Inn South) in Edmonton in 1982. 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 LOVED that Hotel & everyone that worked with us.  We miss those awesome years in Edmonton!

John and Mo - 1989

John and Maureen at the Top of the Inn, Convention Inn, Edmonton Alberta – 1989

 

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John in front of the Convention Inn 1995

 

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Big Mac and fries…. Still John’s favourite meal. 🙂

Such a beautiful Going-Away present signed by all the Top of the Inn Dining Room Staff. Of course it’s hanging in our Motel Office. The Top of the Inn Dining Room closed and now it is a Banquet Room. 🙁 

Top of the Inn

Top of the Inn Dining Room Staff

Through the 80’s and 90’s, we 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. lol!

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Playing Blackjack with John was so much fun, that I thought it’d be great to learn how to deal Blackjack for Klondike Days each summer.

Mo Klondike Days Dealer

Mo & John's Wedding

We were tired of being happy, so we got married in 1992. lol! We just celebrated our 25th Wedding anniversary  🙂

In 1999, we moved back to Ontario to be closer to our families. We enjoyed the Hospitality Industry so much that we decided to “GO ALL IN” and buy the Northern Lights Motel. Our BIGGEST Gamble Ever!

Mo and John

Don’t you love the beautiful No Vacancy sign I made? (too funny!)

We have had a wonderful time running this Business over the years. We ran it year round in the beginning, and we created the “Canadian Snow Gauge” 4 Beer Cases High, in 2003, Years before Social Media and Facebook. We ran the Snow Cam for 13 years!

Wawa Snow Gauge Northern Lights Motel

We almost buried an unheard of, SIX CASES in 2014 (The ICE AGE of Winters)

One time, while going to photograph Black Trout Lake’s ice for the Snowmobilers, we hit Black Ice and slammed into a Rock Cut head on…. was Airborne, then crashed onto the middle of the highway! Yes, we were still smiling because we were unhurt and ALIVE!

Mo and John's crazy adventures

It’s been such an interesting ride in Wawa (Pardon the Pun) – John became quite the handyman and I tried my hand at painting billboards. We were thrilled to have won this award back in 2010.

Mo Painting Billboards

Shirley Mills Wrote a nice story about us ~ 

Northern Lights Motel Award

After the loss of 12 Rooms in the Disaster, we never thought that we would reach “Review Quotas” for Awards again. But our Guests are amazing and posted a lot of great reviews.  We won Best Bargain 2015 and an Excellence award in 2015 & 2016! A big Thank-you to all of our Wonderful Guests that gave us such nice Reviews! It means the world to us. 🙂

Wawa Hotel Rooms

After 13 years, I stopped photographing snow depths & ice on the lakes. I prefer to spend time photographing wildlife. I post them on our FACEBOOK page. Staples made us a 2’x3′ canvas print of a photo I took, March 1, 2016, beside Chalet 2. A gorgeous visitor, a coyote we named Penelope. 

She is now in Chalet 2’s kitchen. 

Newly renovated Chalet Kitchen

 

In 2015, I made a couple of videos YouTube Channel

Wawa Northern Lights YouTube

With so many adorable visitors, making movies is a real treat!

September 2016, I have a NEW OBSESSION! I make puzzles out of my pics on www.jigidi.com

My handle is nlmotel

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Our Business has been through many changes over the past 16 years in Wawa. We’ve always accepted our challenges and have never been daunted by them. We continually morph with the times, and figure out how we are going to make this place the best that we can. 

The biggest change was, of course, the Flood that destroyed 3/4’s of our Business & closed it for a year. The Disaster made the National News and the Trans Canada Highway was closed for a week while they rebuilt it.

Northern Lights Motel Wawa Disaster

At that time, no one, including us, thought our business could be saved. The MTO did not rebuild our entrance. An Elected Official suggested we bulldoze our home and what was left of our successful business, into the Canyon and call it a day? Who would bulldoze their home into a canyon? And why would insurance pay for that? LOL!

But this was NEVER just a Business for us. It’s our Home. It’s our Life. We renovated and rebuilt EVERYTHING we could after the flood and even though we lost 12 of our Motel Rooms, the few we have left will just keep getting better! We are still waiting for our entrance to be rebuilt, so we can have our much needed pull-through parking lot back. We thank all of our guests for their continued support and understanding as we have no control over this. Our fingers are crossed that it will be rebuilt in 2017. (But we aren’t holding our breath.) 

We look forward to having you stay with us in our 18th Season.    Mo & John 

Wawa Flood Disaster Northern Lights Motel

Northern Lights Motel Youtube Channel

Northern Lights Motel Snow Gauge

Northern Lights Motel Facebook Page

Mo and John's Chip Collection