Wawa's Canadian Snow Gauge

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
2004
Beer case snow cam

This would never happen in Ontario anymore – all the open/closed Trail information 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. 😝

(It took 2 Cases of snow before the Groomers could start grooming over the Rocky Terrain.)

I photographed snow depths daily, reported trail conditions, designed Trail Maps, listed trail closures/openings, photographed the snowmobilers & put them on the Snow Cam. Their Friends and Family could see them on the Internet 😃

(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
Wawa Snow Gauge Northern Lights Motel

I took THOUSANDS of photos and put them on my Website’s Snow Cam.

Many have been uploaded to our Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/nlmotel

Wawa snow gauge northern lights motel

We went Seasonal in 2005. John and I felt that being Semi Retired would be FUN! And that it is! 😃

But I continued to photograph the Snow for the dedicated Snow Watchers. 

It was difficult for Snowmobilers to understand the Snow Gauge in March, when all 4 cases were buried. So Chica showed up in 2012. She’s my height and it was easier for newbies to understand the snow depth. 

Wawa Northern Lights Snow Cam
Frosty & Chica
Wawa snow gauge northern lights motel
4 Cases are usually buried by the end of February
chica in cuba
Chica Enjoyed Cuba 😂
chica the bartender
Chica was a great Bartender 🍺
She had to check out the flood damage
Chica in the back pit

2014 – I always referred to it as the “ICE AGE”.

We buried 5 Cases 😳

Then this guy showed up in May! 

Mean Snowman

Canadian Snow Gauge Shenanigans! 😂

Wawa Northern Lights Snow Gauge Snowman
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Wawa northern lights snow gauge
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