Lake Superior Ice Caves
The New York Times travel list of 52 Places to visit in 2019 include Ice Caves on the shores of Lake Superior which is just north of Stokely. The ice caves emerge from the winds and waves that pound the north shore of Lake Superior. In cold winters--with high winds and large waves--wave spray and produce wonderful ice formations, including impressive overhangs and caves. Colors from minerals in the rocks can appear in the ice and add to the beauty and fascination.
The eastern shore of Lake Superior is far enough north to have extreme cold spells. It also faces the strong prevailing southwest winds and the mighty waves they produce. The extent and size of these formations vary greatly from year to year. The waves and the freeze-thaw-freeze cycles are also constantly reshaping them during the season.
Two popular places to view the ice caves and other ice features in mid-to-late February and early March are Saw Pit Bay and Coppermine Point. These sites are a 40-minute drive from Stokely Creek Lodge which includes its own beautiful frozen water fall and ice cliffs.
Stokely Creek Lodge arranges guided tours for its lodge guests. The trip is a 45 minute drive with 2 to 2.5 hours of snowshoeing along the shore and to the cliffs. Snowshoes are available to rent. The cost will be Cdn$100 per person plus tax and gratuities. There is a minimum of Cdn$200.
* The caves stretch for miles along the shore line. They are not easy to get to because of private property and lack of parking. If you are not from the area it is best not to try to venture out on the ice without a guide who knows the spots and can arrange parking.
Christmas and New Years Holiday at Stokely with Firework
There is nothing quite like celebrating a white Christmas and New Year's winter break surrounded by the natural beauty of Stokely Creek Lodge. Stokely is the perfect getaway from the busy holiday season. Enjoy skiing and snowshoeing in the refreshing outdoors while indulging in healthy home cooked food. This is a vacation that our family always looks forward to. The Stokely winter wonderland is a peaceful place to unwind before the New Year begins.
During your stay your kids can go sledding skiing and snowshoeing. Ping-pong is a favourite indoor activity while enjoying the endless supply of hot chocolate. Children are encouraged to sign up for a kid's time with ski instructor Jonathan.
Adults can enjoy Stokely's world-class ski and snowshoe trails, take a sauna, enjoy a hot stone massage, relax by one of the many fireplaces and savor the gourmet meals.
On Dec 31st enjoy and after dinner, special, New Years fireworks, are up-close and entertaining.
The Chocolate Express Fundraiser for Arch Hospice
January 12, 2020
Starts at 1:00
The Chocolate Express - CALLING ALL CHOCOHOLICS
You won’t want to miss our third annual Chocolate Express on January 14 at Stokely Creek Lodge. Skiers and snowshoers of all ages and skill levels are invited to enjoy an unforgettable chocolate experience! Get active with your friends, family or co-workers as we enjoy the beauty of winter in Northern Ontario. Chocolate treats will be at stations throughout the ski and snowshoe trails. You don’t have to be skilled … just bring your appetite!
Trails: Snowshoe: 2.5km Ski: 2.5km, 5km, and 10km
Passes are $25 or a minimum of $50 in pledges with the top 3 fundraisers receiving an ARCH gift bag! Buy your ticket or register your pledges before January 8 and receive 1 free buff. Tickets can be purchased at Algoma Regional Community Hospice (ARCH), The Shoe Fits, Stokely Creek Lodge or online at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/archhospice/events/chocolate-express-2/ .
If you would like to raise the min. $50 in pledges, visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/archhospice/p2p/2018-chocolate-express/
Lee Rendell | Manager of Fund Development
ARCH Hospice | http://www.archhospice.ca A: 229 Fourth Line West, Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada P6A 0B5
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Women’s Get Away
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Snowshoe Fest Day
Beat the Mountain on Snowshoes!
Either Saturday January 30 or Sunday January 31, 2021Next year
Can you meet the challenge? Many have made the 1800 ft climb but can you? This is the day to Beat King Mountain with a group of friends and family. All ages have made it to the top so make it a family affair.
** You can start by 9:00 and go to the top and return for lunch in the Day Skier's Cabin.**
** OR You can eat lunch first at (Day Skier's Cabin) at noon then go up the mountain.**
Stokely's famous chili and homemade cookies will be waiting for you after you return or before you go up the mountain. But whatever you choose to do Chili is on from 12:00 to 3:30 in the Day Skiers Cabin. Bar will be open where all will celebrate around the fire.
You will crisscross Stokely Creek as it flows into Lake Superior, ascend along natural waterfalls or stand just a little back from the Summit's edge on King Mountain as you survey the expanse of Lake Superior. There is so much to fill your senses.
Stokely overnight guest - Are free
Stokely or Hiawatha season pass holders are $12.
Dayskiers are $22
Children under 12 are free.
Super Bowl Weekend Hut to Hut
February 1, 2020
This year's Hut to Hut will feature two of Stokely's most spectacular snowshoe highlights, the Frozen Water Falls Trail and the Ice Cliffs
* First ski to the Haken Lien Cabin. Great skiing but make sure you know how to snowplow.
* After a homemade Stokely muffin and hot chocolate join Bob (snowshoe trail developer) as you snowshoe to the frozen waterfall and the ice cliffs on the south view.
* Then return to Haken Lien Cabin for a lunch, before skiing back to the Lodge.
Bring a ski bag and a small back pack with dry and proper clothing (gloves, boots dry socks, hats, water bottles, etc) for each portion of the trip. The return ski to the lodge is mostly downhill through the forest. This will be a rewarding day of scenery, exercise, food and friends.
The cost for this day packed full of fun, food, guide with portering is
**$20 for overnight guests
** $25 for Stokely and Hiawatha season pass holders.
** $40 for day skiers which includes a discounted day pass.
Make your reservations for the Hut to Hut when you book your stay, or as soon as possible. This event fills quickly. This includes transportation of your skis and snowshoes, snacks, lunch and guided tour.
9:00 am to 9:30 - Prepare to leave and load sled.
9:30 to 10:30 - Ski to Haken Lien Cabin
10:30 to 11:00 - Snack and relax
11:00 to 1:30 - Snowshoe to frozen water falls and ice cliffs.
1:30 to 2:30 - Lunch at Hakien Lien Cabin
2:30 - Ski back to lodge.
3:30 - 4:00 - Arrive at lodge
Valentines Wine Tasting Events With Vin Greco
February 15, 2020
Wine tasting begins at 5:00
Join us on February 15, 2020 for a Valentines Wine Tasting, appetizers and dinner. Stokely is for lovers, nature lovers, great cuisine lovers, exercise lovers and wine lovers. Vin Greco is well known in the Sault for his interest in and knowledge of wine. For many years he has written a monthly column in the Sault Star, and prior to that, he had a weekly on CBC Radio North. Currently, Vin writes a column for Sootoday.com. Each year he comes to Stokely to introduce us to some of his favorite white and red wines.
"At Stokely, I make a point of trying to earn my evening indulgences with a day of outdoor activities. And what better way to spend your exercise dividend than with a wonderful meal and wines to enhance them?" Stokely neighbors from Goulais and Sault Ste Marie are invited to join us for the wine tasting, gourmet appetizers and dinner. The whole evening, dinner and wine tasting with appetizers included, will be $80.00 plus tax and gratuity. If you want just the Wine Tasting without the gourmet dinner it is $35.00 plus tax and gratuity. Stokely overnight guests are invited to join the party for $35 plus tax and gratuity. Check the web-site for details on the wines we will be tasting. Call Stokely at 866-786-5359 or 705-649-3421 to make reservations. Limited space available.