Northern Lights Motel, Chalets & Breakfast - Wawa Ontario

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CLOSED FOR SEASON - See you when it warms up in 2015!    EMAIL -    

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OCTOBER 25, 2012 Wawa was Declared a Disaster

Life is a Shipwreck.....

But we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. (Voltaire)

Wawa Disaster northern lights motel

Wawa disaster - northern lights motel lost 12 rooms a ton of land and  other buildings

Check out the news video footage from a helicopter

Thank Goodness we were Closed for the Season. It could have been so much worse (Always look on the bright side). We had no idea we were being flooded, we were painting the ceilings of the cottage. When we found out the highway was a river - our newest 10 Room Building, was already underwater. The water rose within a few hours, 1/2 way up the windows, before the water (lake) broke through the highway.

Flood pic

Motel underwater

Once the highway was destroyed, the lake drained, a River formed....

Waterfalls and River

The highway was closed for ONE WEEK causing all sorts of panic.

Flood pic wawa disaster

Our 10 room building was in ruins, left without access.

Motel Rooms destroyed

Flood Pic Wawa Disaster

Flood Pic Northern Lights entrance gone

Wawa Northern Lights Motel Disaster

Wawa Disaster 2012 Northern Lights Motel & Ford Dealership

News Articles about the Flood
Thunder Bay Chronicle "Storm swallows Wawa Business"
Sault Star -"Highway Like a River"
The Sudbury Star - "Wawa Sinkhole - Northern Lights Motel"
The Toronto Sun - "Wawa Tries to Recover"
May 26, 2013 - Mike Purvis interviewed John and Wrote an Update

The photo below made CTV's - 100 Photos that shaped Canada 2012

CTV's pic

(Those are laundry vehicles, not customer vehicles)

But... we are surrounded by boarded up Motels & Businesses. Let's face it, Northern Ontario IS a Disaster. This was just another day!


Mother Nature could never take away our sense of humour. We HAD to chuckle when we read this comment on Facebook -


Funny Comment on Social Media


Those comments inspired me to draw this cartoon.


Cartoon drawing my Mo Hutchinson - Parker


It took one week to rebuild the highway.


rebuilding the highway in front of Northern Lights Motel - Wawa Disaster


Our View never looked like this before

highway being rebuilt in front of northern lights Motel wawa


I made a special Christmas Card for everyone -

Merry Christmas Card


At the time, no one, including us, thought our business would ever reopen. But we aren't Quitters. We have spent the past 2 years, saving and rebuilding what we have left. We used to have a "Mom and Pop Motel", now it's a "Baby Motel."

Shirley Mills wrote a nice story about the flooding and reopening our Mini Motel

Downsized big time!


The property is still a DISASTER....

Flood photo

We had to build a road through the canyon for the demolition of the 10 room building, but.... the property is fenced off and horrible. :-(

Here's Chica (she is my height) in the backyard. omg huh? People that see the destruction for themselves, always say that photos do not do the damage justice.

Backyard disaster

Flood Pic Wawa Disaster

Here's Chica in the front yard - standing under what used to be our 2nd entrance

Disaster Front

So yes, 12 Rooms are gone and our property is destroyed, but it's the inside that counts... Right?

Millette's General Contracting rebuilt the decks and main floors of the Chalets. They renovated our 4 Rooms that were not affected by the flood and are on high ground. Look at the beautiful new carpet and tiles ~

New carpet and tiles photo March 2014

New Tub Surrounds & fixtures...

Shower Fixtures

We stay focused and POSITIVE! We cannot concentrate on the negative because unfortunately, mother nature isn't the only one that trashed the place :-(

It can be VERY DEPRESSING if we allow our minds to fall prey to the neglect and abuse of other "entities"

Why can't they just fix their property and bury the fibre optics line???


Gross Culvert in front of Northern Lights Motel


So when life hands you lemons...

Grab the tequila!


After all folks, it is Northern Ontario! Neglect and Abuse runs rampant here. (Look what they're doing to Wawa)


"The primary cause of unhappiness
Is never the situation
but your thoughts about it"
~ Eckhart Tolle

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Wawa Cottage Northern Lights Motel

Motel and Cottages enjoy Free Breakfast

Location of the Wawa Northern Lights Motel

About Mo and John, the Owners of Wawa Northern Lights Motel

Our Flood Disaster Wawa October 25, 2012

Chica and the Canadian Snow Gauge

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