The closure is due to the expansion of a gravel pit.
Stokely Creek Lodge and the ski trails are closed this winter. The Stokely parking lot will be CLOSED and will not be plowed. Since the VTrail through private properties adjoining the Stokely Creek Lodge property simply lead to the closed Stokely trails, these trails will also be closed until further notice. Do not use Stokely A2 or Stokely A3 on McGaughan Road or any trail connected thereto.
If you hike in from the Robertson Lake Road you must hike out the same way. The Robertson Lake Road is plowed this winter as far as Robertson Lake. This will give easy access to the Algoma Highlands Conservancy trails, including Robertson Cliffs. Be careful though, the road is a popular snowmobile trail and if your car wheels venture off the packed/ploughed portion you may sink up to the axle!
Blue blazes have been placed from the end of Peoples Road, north to the junction with the main (white blazed) trail. The blue blazes signify that the “No trespassing” signs placed by the landowner do not apply to VTrail users. Remember the VTA Hikers Code however…and stay on the marked trail. We have had complaints of too many cars parked in the snow plough turnaround. Consider the limit to be 4 cars.
We have had complaints about cars parked in front of the postal boxes/recycle/garbage bins.
Hwy 552 access to the Jewelweed Loop
CAUTION accessing the trail from Hwy 552 (“Jewelweed Loop” etc.) as portions of the trail run along a logging road that is presently being used for a log haul. You can park at the push out just off the highway, but don’t block access for the logging vehicles.
2021-01-27: With the recent advertising of snowshoeing “destination spots” on conservation property in the Gros Cap area, the Saulteaux Voyageur Trail Club would like to fill in the details of how to access our ~3 km Gros Cap Loop trail.
The access is NOT from the bottom of the bluffs. The bluffs are private property and the property owner does NOT want folks accessing the Gros Cap Loop Trail from the turnaround at the end of Hwy 550.
From Second Line (Hwy 550), please drive as far as PLOWED on Marshall Drive (as this road is not kept open to the trailhead in the winter). At the 2.3 km mark, you will come to the intersection of Jackson Island Road (aka North Gros Cap Road). Approximately 1.45 km further you will notice YELLOW blazes accessing the Gros Cap Loop Trail to the left/west.
Do NOT mistake the white and blue blazes you may see on your right as these lead to the much longer Tom Allinson Side Trail.
Be forewarned that with the addition of the unplowed road leading to the trail, this trip turns to a much longer outing so be prepared for this in advance of your visit.
2020-07-28: NOTICE OF TRAIL ACCESS CLOSURE: Goulais Section, Map 20, A2 (top of Mile Hill, east side of Highway 17) is closed at landowner request. No reroute at this time.
2020-07-21: Due to reconstruction, the boardwalk along Crystal Creek below the falls will be temporarily closed for a few weeks. This is part of the Hiawatha Loop trail, near Access point 11 on map 24 of the Guidebook, Edition 4.1.
2020-07-04: The Tom Allinson Side Trail has been inspected and repaired and is now fully open again, from Jackson Island Road to Red Rock. Where the logging occurred last winter (west of Marshall Drive) there is still some debris on the trail, but it is blazed and passable.
Local Places to Buy Guidebook:
Airways General Store, 2667 Second Line West
Algoma Bicycle Company, 360 Queen Street East
Algoma’s Water Tower Inn, 360 Great Northern Road
Hiawatha Highlands/Ice Cream, Landslide Road
Joe’s Sports & Surplus, 40 Queen Street East, Tel: (705) 253-2361 and Fax: (705) 942-2877 (see ad below);
Ontario Tourist Information Centre, Huron St. at Queen St. W.
Stamp ‘N Win Postal Outlet, Churchill Plaza;
Trading Post, Hwy 17 North at Fourth Line.
Also available from our online store.
Local Links of Interest:
Agawa Canyon Train Tour
Algoma’s Water Tower Inn, hotel with pool, sauna, whirlpool, fitness centre, restaurant, bar – ask about the Adventurer’s Club
Blaq Bear – Providing logistical support to hikers
Bush Plane Museum “Canada’s Best Indoor Attraction ” – Attractions Canada, 2001
Clean North, environmental concerns
Glenview Cottages, a great place to stay on the Voyageur Trail
Little Oak Cabin, fully furnished cabin for rent
Prince Township, hiking, golfing, sight seeing, zoo, paintball, etc. a short drive on the way to the Voyageur Trail
Sault Cycling Club, cycling enthusiasts
Sault Naturalists, bird watching, plant and insect identification
Sault Star newspaper, Sault Ste. Marie’s daily newspaper
Sault Ste. Marie, city site with many other links
Sault Ste. Marie Canal, a National Historic Park
Sault Ste. Marie Conservation Authority, landowner for many of our local trails
Sault Stryders (running club)
Local 2 News link for Sault Ste. Marie’s on-line up-to-the-minute news
Sootoday.com Sault Ste. Marie’s on-line electronic up-to-the-minute news source
Superior Hiking (Hiking Trails Around Lake Superior)
Local Club Info: