Wawa’s Canadian Snow Gauge

How did the Canadian Snow Gauge in Wawa Start? 

Chica and the Canadian Snow Gauge

When we first bought the Motel in 1999, we were open year round, and Snowmobilers did not have information on the Internet.

Snowmobilers had to PHONE Hotels to get information on Snow, Weather and Trail Conditions.

Over the years, many guests complained to me about incorrect information they would receive from both, American and Canadian Hotel Staff. Those stories inspired me to draw this cartoon. LOL!

Mo's Snowmobile Cartoon

This would never happen in Ontario anymore – all the open/closed Trail info is on https://trails.evouala.com/ofsc/

Even though it was the Internet Dark Ages, I knew how to run a website, and started a “Snow Cam” so the Snowmobilers could go to my website and watch the snow pile up. We showed snow depth by stacking the Canadian Snow Gauge in Wawa – 4 Beer Cases High. 😝

Beer case snow gauge
Canadian Snow Gauge – 4 Beer Cases 2004

I photographed snow depths daily, reported trail conditions, designed Trail Maps, listed trail closures/openings, photographed the snowmobilers & put them on the Snow Cam. (Remember, way back then, before the age of Facebook, Instagram, etc., it was rare to have your photo on the internet.)

Wawa snow gauge northern lights motel
Off to the Hot Tub!

I took thousands of photos – We had so much fun!! (Many have been uploaded to our Facebook Page)

Wawa Northern Lights Snow Angels
Snow Angels!

Wawa snow gauge northern lights motel

Even though we went seasonal in 2005, I continued to run the Snow Cam for the dedicated Snow Watchers.

Wawa snow gauge


Wawa snow gauge
Frosty and Chica

The 4 Cases are usually buried by the end of February.

Wawa snow gauge

 We never buried 5 cases until 2014

Wawa Snow Gauge

chica the bartender

Chica was very concerned about our property damage after the 2012 disaster, and had to check it out.

Northern Lights Motel Disaster 2012
Chica in the front pit – 2013
Wawa Northern Lights Motel Disaster
Chica in the back pit – 2013

Mean Snowman

Last year, a Beer Drinking Snowman showed up to polish off the snow gauge in April!

Wawa Northern Lights Snow Gauge Snowman

Wawa northern lights snow gauge

Wawa snow gauge northern lights motel

But now? EVERYBODY photographs the Snow and reports on Weather, Trails, Ice, etc..

There is MORE than enough information online these days. Also, the OFSC website is the ONLY way to find out what trails are open in Northern Ontario. 

This year, I’m busy designing a new website, and I want to draw new cartoons, and write articles, etc.. Time for some fun! 🤣