How did the Canadian Snow Gauge in Wawa Start?
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!
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.
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.)
I took thousands of photos – We had so much fun!! (Many have been uploaded to our Facebook Page)
Even though we went seasonal in 2005, I continued to run the Snow Cam for the dedicated Snow Watchers.
Chica showed up in 2011 to help us measure snow. Frosty would come by every once in a while too. (Frosty had a crush on Chica)
The 4 Cases are usually buried by the end of February.
We never buried 5 cases until 2014
Chica was always so much fun to hang out with… She would join us in Cuba..
And she was a GREAT Bartender..
Chica was very concerned about our property damage after the 2012 disaster, and had to check it out.
But 2014’s winter was so BRUTAL, a mean snowman came and ate Chica’s baby! Oh no!
Chica Ran away and someone spotted her on the Magpie Reservoir, paddling toward Dubreuilville…
She found a new fellow at the Magpie Relay Hotel and decided to stay. But she’s too busy dating The Groomer Guy, and no longer measures snow.
With Chica gone, I stopped photographing the snow for 2 or 3 years, but I missed it, and the Snowmobilers missed it. So I stacked it again November 2017 and ran it on the blog.
The Blog was fun this year – and a Beer Drinking Snowman showed up to polish off the snow gauge!