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About us

Discover a place where peace and relaxation will surround you from the moment you step through our doors

 

Stokely Creek Lodge is located in the heart of the Algoma Highlands, just north of the U.S. border in Goulais River, Ontario Canada, near the shores of North America’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior.

During the winter months, Stokely consistently has ideal snow conditions for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing boasting over 100 kilometers (62 miles) of well-groomed trails that traverse to the highest peaks of King Mountain and cross the valleys abundant with creeks and lakes below.

In the spring and summer months after the snow melts, the highlands become a hive of activity as colourful wildflowers bloom, wild berries begin to ripen and a diversity of wildlife can be seen going about their daily routines. As fall sets in, the entire highlands burst into brilliant hues of yellow, orange, and red to compliment the evergreens as maple, oak, birch and a variety of other trees begin to shed their annual growth of leaves. There is no better way to experience all that these seasons have to showcase than biking and hiking Stokely’s trails.

​Word of mouth is Stokely’s best marketing with happy guests returning year after year to build on cherished memories, often returning with friends and family for another opportunity to get away from it all for a few days. You can ski, snowshoe, hike or bike for hours and not see anyone on Stokely’s extensive well-maintained trails as you enjoy the comfortable accommodations and atmosphere with fine homemade meals.

Stokely's History

Stokely Creek Lodge is the result of a dream. Chuck Peterson, the founder scoured the Algoma Highlands region over forty years ago in search of the perfect mix of snow and terrain to pursue the sport he loved.

He always had a passion for conservation, and eventually purchased 8,000 acres, which seemed like the perfect way to ensure that this land would be properly cared for and preserved.

Chuck asked a Norwegian geologist and cross country skier named Hakon Lein to guide him through the highlands. Together they laid out much of the Stokely Creek trail system.

Since 1976

The first Stokely Creek ski trail was opened during the winter of 1976-77.

The Canadian Shield

The dramatic region along Lake Superior’s eastern shore is edged by rugged cliffs of the Canadian Shield that rise almost 1200 feet above the lake.

Natural Snow Machine

During the winter months, prevailing northwest winds collect moisture over the lake and dumps over 17 feet of fresh powder near the highland cliffs creating what was in effect a “natural snow machine.”

The Next Chapter

Gaylen and Susan Byker and Ian and Tanya Byker Phair bought Stokely in 2007. They had been bringing their family to Stokely for over thirty years, and their love of this place and the memories they created were the guiding force behind their decision to purchase when Chuck Peterson passed away.

​The Bykers have been committed to improving the trail system, grooming, accommodations operating Stokely for the past 15 years.

"​Stokely remains a skier’s paradise and a wonderful place to make memories with family and friends." - Gaylen & Susan Byker