Wawa Disaster – Northern Lights Motel

Wawa Disaster – October 2012

YouTube Video of the Breaking News 

I took a photo of our newest (10 Room) Building  was underwater. The barn and both chalets were underwater (set in a lake), as the highway acted like a DAM. The water eventually busted through the highway, and turned into a raging river. I had to call 911 and tell them they had to close the highway.

Motel Underwater


Photo Gallery (It wasn’t a sinkhole, but I guess with such a huge loss of land, everyone thought it was)

Disaster Northern Lights Motel Wawa

Luckily we were closed for the season when it happened. Whew!

The Trans Canada Highway was closed for 1 Week. Without a Detour, it caused all sorts of panic. 

Northern Lights Disaster Wawa

Northern Lights Motel Wawa


We lost 3/4’s of the Business (12 Rooms – the average size of a Mom & Pop Motel), and were closed for almost a year. 


Elected Officials declared Wawa a Disaster and said they would help.

wawa flood promise

March 22, 2013, we were approved for Disaster Relief & they started raising money. The Ontario Government said they would match donations 3 to 1.

Wawa Disaster Relief Northern Lights Motel Photo

We thank EVERYONE that donated on our behalf!

But we have yet to receive help from Disaster Relief. 

(Dealing with 2 Government Entities, The Ministry of Transportation, and Ontario Disaster Relief, has been an extremely long and painful process.) 

January 2013Gravel was dumped around the two rooms that were hanging into the canyon and the removal of the last two rooms began.


June 2013 – The road was built through the canyon and the demolition of the 10 Rooms started. 


2016 – 4 years after the flood,  AECON was replacing culverts on the highway and needed a place to put fill. Yahoooooo! Just when you think that the property will be destroyed forever…. it gets filled! 

Northern Lights Motel Disaster

Northern Lights Disaster

Northern Lights Motel Wawa

July 2017 – It took almost 5 years, but we have our entrance and Pull Through Parking Lot again!  The property is still a destroyed mess, but hey…. At least it’s FLAT!! (We always look at the bright side.)

Northern Light Motel Entrance

We thank everyone for your support over the years!

Life is Short - Don't sweat the small stuff

John & Mo – May 2013

May 26, 2013 – Mike Purvis interviewed John and Wrote an Update

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Mo and John's Chip Collection