Canadian Snow Gauge – Wawa

December 15th. We only have a few inches of snow on the ground. In the 14 YEARS of burying Beer Cases, the rule of thumb is that 2 Cases of snow are needed for the groomers to groom our Rocky Terrain. (Many trails are not on roads.) To veiw the map of OPEN trails in Ontario, you must visit The OFSC WEBSITE.

December 14th – Some Trails are opening north of us – in the Northern Corridor 

December 13 – Still working on the first case of Blue 

December 12

December 11
December 9
Today’s Pine Grosbeak ❤️
December 7
December 6 

Canadian snow Gauge Wawa
Stacking Cases since 2004 😆🍺

What Trails are Open?
What’s the Weather Like?
How are the Highways?

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

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!! (Most 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

Chica was a great Bartender!

chica the bartender

She 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

Oh Oh – 2014 was the first time we buried FIVE CASES!! Then this guy showed up!

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

Hah!! Canadian Snow Gauge Shenanigans! 🤣

Always remember Sledders, no matter what the snow depth, the OFSC website is the ONLY way to find out what trails are open in Northern Ontario.