Stokely Creek Old Hwy 17 N of Sault Ste. Marie
Posted on January 11, 2020 / 243
Stokely Creek
Location : Northern Ontario
Note : New Review
X-Ski km : 100
Skate km : ~50
Snowshoe km : 35
Skill Level : Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : large hills, wide paths, steep sections, gentle hills, bridges, flat sections
Facilities : parking, chalet, warming huts, toilets/outhouse, change rooms, lodging near, drinking water, food close by, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained, track set, gear rentals
Trail Fee : Yes

Length –  ~ 100 km

Cross-Country track set – 100 km
Skate Skiing groomed ~50 km
Snowshoe trail 25 km 

Skill – Seasoned skiers to Advanced; may be difficult for Novice level 

Terrain – Wide trails, flat sections in valleys, large hills, long inclines, bridges, mixed forest

Hours – 9 am – 5 pm (trails & clubhouse); lodge open all day

Fee – Adult pass $23, Youth $15

Trail Map – Well signed at most junctions, paper map available

Facilities – Parking, chalet, rentals, waxing room, lessons, warming cabins, toboggan hill, lodging, meals, saunas

Highlights – Full-service resort, excellent grooming, warming cabins, scenic lookouts, frozen waterfalls, lakes, streams, wilderness, challenging terrain and long loops for experts

Phone – 1 866 786 5359

Website –  Stokely Creek LodgeFB page

Current Conditions  

Similar Trails – Hiawatha, Windy Lake, Glebe Park

Local Clubs –  Soo Finnish Nordic Club

Access – Drive north of Sault Ste. Marie for 30 km on Hwy 17, turn right on Old Hwy 17 Rd., then follow signs 3 km to Stokely Creek Lodge parking lot. Visitors must walk from here 300 metres, ski or call for a snowmobile shuttle to lodge.



Just north of Sault Ste. Marie, in the wilds of northern Ontario, is Stokely Creek Lodge. A special place for avid Nordic skiers and Snowshoe hikers alike.

Established over 40 years ago, its goal has remained the same, to offer a great outdoor sports experience with added comforts too.

It may be farther to get to and cost more, but you get more of everything at Stokely. This is one of the top resorts in Ontario to cater solely to Nordic skiers and Snowshoe enthusiasts. 

Classic cross-country skiers have about 100 km of track-set loops to pick from and nearly half of this is groomed for Skate skiers to zip along too.

Either skiing or snowshoeing from the lodge takes you along the beautiful flowing waters of Stokely Creek. As you wind your way up through the valley, you soon know this is going to be a joy to explore and a special day. 

This area always has snow in the winter when the south has little. Grooming is a priority and the crew does an excellent job of it. Even when conditions are not ideal they try their best to get some of the runs refreshed. 

There are many hills here and long ones, as the Algoma Highlands must be the hilliest area in all Ontario.  Fun going down, (not so much up). Perhaps ask before you go as to what might be the best direction to take.

The extra effort up King Mountain to get to the hut is worth the spectacular vista with Lake Superior in the distance. 

For those who wish to Snowshoe, there are 35 km of separate track to traverse from short easy loops by the creek, to very challenging treks over the King Mtn. summit and to numerous frozen waterfalls.

Some of the loops can send you far so it would be wise to have a plan, pack properly and take a paper map. Though well signed near the lodge, there is a need for more/better signage at junctures further back. (Doing extra mileage when you’re spent would not be good out there.)

Placed in various scenic remote corners of this backcountry resort are 6 warming cabins and nice ones at that. A prized T-shirt goes to those who can ski to all 6 in one day. A possibility for Sportif racers on fast snow.

While there, I met many veteran skiers who return every year. (Nordic folks are always a friendly lot.) Many come up from Michigan. That speaks volumes as to what the experience is during your stay or a day visit. 

Nestled among the trees are cabins to extend your stay and meals to satisfy after your long day’s outings in the wilds of Ontario. No cars, snowmobiles, cottages — just natural beauty.

Make it out there once in your life to this Nordic skiing mecca and treat yourself to a land where there is more of everything, including pure winter fun and fresh air.

Opening Hours
  • Monday :Ski 9 am - 5 pm + overnight lodging
  • Tuesday :Ski 9 am - 5 pm + overnight lodging
  • Wednesday :Ski 9 am - 5 pm + overnight lodging
  • Thursday :Ski 9 am - 5 pm + overnight lodging
  • Friday :Ski 9 am - 5 pm + overnight lodging
  • Saturday :Ski 9 am - 5 pm + overnight lodging
  • Sunday :Ski 9 am - 5 pm + overnight lodging
Stokely Ski Trail Map

Stokely Ski Trail Map

Stokely Snowshoe Trail Map

Stokely Snowshoe Trail Map

 
Reviews
4.9
Total Score 2 REVIEWS
Fun Factor: Scenic: Trail Design: Technical: Workout:
  • March 2, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I've skied Stokely numerous times over the past 30 years. Most recently, I've made an annual pilgrimmage and spent 5 days in early February, in each of the last 5 years. I've done their 6-hut challenge twice, and this year we created our own new challenge: the outer limits or outer perimeter challenge. Each of these requires the skier to do about 42 km in a day. This is a wonderful place to ski! Everything is top-notch. With 100 km of trails, there is something for everyone.


    I don't know why the review above would give less than 5 stars for trail design; the reviewer seems to think it's not suitable for beginners, but there is an extensive area in the middle of the network that is flat to gently rolling, which is ideal for novice skiers. I'm also dubious about the stated amount of skate trails. I don't have detailed statistics, but my impression is that almost all the trails are now groomed for both skate and classic. There is only a small area in the south-east corner (the Roth and McGuffin trails) that is not groomed for skating. A couple of other corrections: starting this year, they do not provide paper maps. Instead, they encourage skiers to load the map on their phone.(in order to reduce paper waste) However, this is hardly necessary, because every single trail intersection has a posted map, plus directional signage.


    Also, in my many visits to Stokely, I've never seen the toboggan hill mentioned in the above review. You can ski Stokely as a day skier, but it's far better to go and spend a few days there as an overnight guest. Three excellent meals per day, skiing (or snowhoeing) and the complementary happy hour each evening are all included. When you consider what you are getting, it is not expensive.


    One unfortunate fact of life at Stokely is that their open season is not very long. This is not due to lack of snow, but a lack of skiers who are willing to make the long trek to get there. Consequently, the lodge is only open from just before Christmas until the end of the March break. They have tons of great snow both before and after these dates, but they simply can't attract enough skiers to make it financially viable to open. I have only one small complaint about Stokely and that is their trail condition reporting is not very good. They do not post conditions every day, and when they do report, it's not very detailed. A reliable, daily, comprehensive report on snow, weather and grooming status would be a huge improvement.

  • January 11, 2020 at 9:03 am

    If you love Nordic skiing or tramping around on Snowshoes this place has it all. Scenery, endless trails to explore and challenging terrain to conquer,

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