Gaylen and Susan Byker and Ian and Tanya Byker Phair bought Stokely in 2007. They are long time guests of Stokely and cross country enthusiasts.
They have been bringing their family to Stokely for over thirty years, and their love of this place and the memories they created, were the guiding force behind their purchase.
The Bykers have been committed to improving the trail system, grooming and accommodations.
Stokely remains a skier's paradise and a wonderful place to make memories with family and friends.
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Stokely Creek Lodge is the result of a dream. Chuck Peterson the founder scoured the Algoma Highlands region over forty years ago in search of the perfect mix of snow and terrain to pursue the sport he loved. "You need a tremendous variety of terrain and very skillfully designed trials to bring Nordic skiing into its own" said Peterson. He always had a passion for conservation, and eventually purchased over 8,000 acres, which seemed like the perfect way to ensure that this land would be properly cared for and preserved.
The dramatic region along Lake Superior's eastern shore is edged by rugged cliffs of the Canadian Shield that rise almost 1200 feet above the lake. During the winter months, prevailing northwest winds collect moisture over the lake and dump over 17 feet of fresh powder snow near the highland cliffs creating what was in effect a "natural snow machine." The first Stokely Creek ski trail was opened during the winter of 1976-77.
Chuck asked a Norwegian geologist and cross-country skier named Hakon Lein to guide him through the highlands. Together they laid out much of the Stokely Creek trail system.