Most people from the community of Goulais River and many from the nearby city of Sault Ste. Marie have ventured up to the top of Robertson Cliffs where the Algoma Highlands are showcased in all their glory. Each year, in the spring and summer, some have been lucky enough to see evidence of rare peregrine falcons that nest on the cliffs. The viewpoints have even been described as a romantic engagement destination! As proud owner and steward of the 300 acre parcel that encompasses this ecologically and culturally significant site, the AHC offers free non-motorized access to the public so that anyone willing and able to make the demanding trek up to the top can experience the thrilling view first hand!
The Voyageur Trail Association established and maintains a challenging 2 km hiking trail up to two separate viewpoints from the cliffs. White blazes on trees along the trail guide hikers to the top. Once there, you can choose to head back the way you came, or continue on, following yellow blazes that take you to a beautiful waterfall before looping back to the trailhead.
The best time of year to experience the cliffs is coming up fast! The glorious fall colours of the Algoma Region draw hundreds of people to the cliffs every year. To get to the trailhead, take Hwy 17 N for approximately 25 min from Sault Ste. Marie to Goulais River. You will see a blue Ontario Tourism sign on the highway directing you to turn off onto Old Hwy 17 Rd to get to the Robertson Cliffs trail. Take your first right onto Robertson Lake Rd. Drive on Robertson Lake Road for 5 km to the trailhead sign. Here the shoulder has been expanded so that people can park safely.
This year, the AHC has decided to facilitate hikers ready to reach the top by stationing “Trail Ambassadors” at the trailhead on SATURDAYS in the fall. The Trail Ambassadors will be there to answer any questions you have about the trail and the AHC. There will also be AHC “swag” available for purchase as mementos of the accomplishment (t-shirts and travel mugs). Sale proceeds help fund our ongoing operational costs.
Plan to Visit Us from 10:00am –3:00pm at the Robertson Cliffs Trailhead on:
September 19th and September 26th
October 3rd and October 10th