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Friday, February 23, 2024

Tours & Excursions

Adventures and Sights in and around the Algoma Highlands

Stokely Creek Lodge is located in 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 great snow conditions across perfect terrain for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing boasting over 100 kilometers (62 miles) of trails that traverse to the highest peaks of King Mountain and cross the valley and creeks 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.

 

SCENIC TOURS & ADVENTURES

In addition to scenic tours and adventures offered right at Stokely, we work closely with a variety of tour operators throughout the area to offer a number of part and full-day excursions to points of interest both in the Algoma Highlands as well as along the incredibly scenic north shore of Lake Superior and in Sault Ste. Marie.

Lake Superior Ice Caves

The New York Times travel list of 52 Places to visit in 2019 includes the Ice Caves on the shores of Lake Superior just north of Stokely. The ice caves emerge from the winds and waves that pound the north shore of Lake Superior. In cold winters where high winds frequently spawn large waves, the spray from these waves as they come to shore produces unique ice formations with impressive overhangs and caves. Colours from minerals in the rocks can appear in the ice and add to the beauty and fascination.

The extent and size of these formations vary greatly from year to year depending on factors such as temperatures, wind/wave action as well as freezing and thawing cycles which also constantly reshape the formations during the season. Two popular places to view the ice caves, and other ice features, in mid-to-late February and early March are Saw Pit Bay and Coppermine Point. These sites are about a 40-minute drive from Stokely Creek Lodge which also boasts its own beautiful frozen waterfalls and ice cliffs. ​Stokely Creek Lodge arranges guided tours for guests. The trip is a 45-minute drive with 2 to 2.5 hours of snowshoeing along the shore and to get to the cliffs. Snowshoes are available to rent.

$110 per person plus tax and gratuities

* The ice caves stretch for miles along the shoreline and they are not easy to get to because of private property and lack of parking. If you are not from the area it is best not to try to venture out on the ice without a guide who knows the area, is aware of any hazardous ice conditions, and can arrange to park.

Fall Colour Wellness Walks

A favourite for guests at Stokely, an interpretive hike through the valley along Stokely Creek as the water traverses through a maze of granite rock obstacles, through pools, and flows over escarpments to produce waterfalls. Explore the naturally gifted surroundings as the decrease in daylight triggers the leaves on deciduous trees to change colours from green to various hues of yellow, orange and red, complimented by surrounding coniferous evergreens. Always keep an eye out for wildlife that frequents the area such as a variety of resident and migrating birds, squirrels, foxes, deer, moose and many others.

2 hour – $50 per person | Half Day (includes packaged lunch – $125 per person plus tax and gratuities