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!
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. 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 & Suites, 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.
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.
Get away with great friends! October 24 & 25 enjoy and East Coast Kitchen Party with Chef Michael Smith and the Beaton Family of Mabou.
My first stay at the Water Tower Inn was after a family trip across Canada. We pulled in to the brand new facility in the wee hours of the morning after 5 weeks of camping. It was heavenly!!!! So much so that it became our first and last night stop whenever we headed west. Those stays are something of a legend in my family and this July I had the chance to show my son why. On a cold rainy day, coming back from Thunder Bay, we ditched the tent and checked in on our last night. I wouldn't have thought it could be better than my memories but it was. From the warm welcome at the front desk to the 2 hours we spent in the water. Thanks to the wonderful staff, facility and service the legend continues!- Dawn