While you are away we are hard at work giving Stokely a bit of a face-lift. We are excited about the new addition to the dining room. Rest assured, it still has huge windows with the beautiful view you love. The kitchen has been expanded and upgraded. The little corner office has been moved just off the new entrance and the enlarged warming room. We are adding a new guest room and a spa room just for massages. We have doubled the lower level rec room with great space for meeting and conferences. So things will look a little different around Stokely Creek Lodge on your next visit.

We are planning to be up and running again for our first guests who arrive in the middle of August. The Calvin College cross-country team will be running our trails to prepare for their upcoming season. Late summer and fall is a beautiful time to visit Stokely, when the Algoma Highlands are painted in amazing colors.

Besides being open any time of year for groups, Stokely will also be open for two weekends at the height of fall colors, September 29-30 and October 7-8. Call for our fall rates, which start as low as $100.00 per room plus the cost of Stokely's homemade meals. And if you bring new guests along we'd love to thank you with a free dinner. You are Stokely's best promoters!

Our family has discovered that there are many fun things to do in the surrounding Sault area in spring, summer and fall. The Bushplane Museum is located right downtown. We've had dinner alongside giant ships on the Soo Locks Dinner Cruise. And the stone beaches on nearby Harmony bay with beautiful rock outcroppings are a picturesque place for a picnic. You can go kayaking on Robinson Lake or on the bays of Lake Superior. Or visit Treetop Adventures just down the road. It's an ecologically friendly outdoor wilderness adventure. You can trek, swing, climb, and maneuver your way up and across obstacles suspended from tree to tree. Hiking and biking on the Stokely trails is always a favorite.

Richard is busy building a new timber cabin. It will be similar to the cabin put up last year by Stokely Lake, with the addition of an impressive timber truss on the front. Strategically situated in ideal "moose country" at the beginning of the Robertson Cliff Trail, it overlooks a series of beaver ponds with a small stream running alongside. In addition, we will soon begin work on the beloved Hakon Lein Trail in great anticipation of its re-opening this year.

We can't wait to see our old Stokely friends and make many new ones this year. See you soon!

The Byker and Phair Families