King Mountain at 574 metres (1,883 feet) attains one of the highest elevations along the Gitchee Gumee Trail North. The high annual snowfall together with the variety of slope and vertical elevations have made this location an important area for year round sport activities. Hiking and mountain biking opportunities abound in this area.
Outdoor enthusiasts can travel north from Algoma's Water Tower Inn & Suites to Stokely Creek Lodge and enjoy a day of cross country skiing on the 120 kilometres (75 miles) of trails throughout King Mountain. At other times of the year, hikers can access the Voyageur Trail hiking trails.
The Stokely Creek Ski Touring Centre/Algoma Highlands Conservancy area is available for use in the summer by mountain bikes. Permission can be obtained by contacting staff at the Stokely Creek Lodge.
The Voyageur Trail Association's hiking trail to the Robertson Cliff area is recommended in this area. The climb to the scenic cliff lookout is steep but well worth the effort. For those who are fit and interested, the visitor can do the entire Stokely Section of the trail. Before leaving Algoma's Water Tower Inn, maps and hiking advice should be obtained.
Goulais River is recognized as a canoe route and can be travelled from the headwaters north of Searchmont area to the mouth on Lake Superior. For a scenic lake experience, exploring Robertson Lake is recommended.
Resource access roads connecting the Robertson Lake Road provide access to the backcountry. For these routes, good topographic maps are a must. Many ATVers also find GPS units very helpful in unfamilar country. ATV tour guides might also be considered for first time visitors to this area. ATV routes are identified on the Trailhead map.
Access through this area is provided by the Sault Trailblazers Snowmobile Club's TOPS D trail. An Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) snowmobile permit is required. This trail segment varies in topography with both hill and lowland sledding. View the spectacular Robertson Cliffs. Both private and Crown lands are encountered.
This is the home of the Stokely Creek cross-country ski facility, one of eastern North American's premier nordic ski locations.
In Feb 2010, our company Kruger Products stayed at the Algoma's Water Tower Inn & Suites with our customers during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts event and were very impressed with the staff and facilities. Given our positive experience, we would highly recommend the Water Tower Inn to other companies or groups looking to host an event in Sault Ste. Marie.- Nancy Marcus