Access to Norm’s cabin is via our controlled trail system. The main departure point is from the Stokely Creek Lodge parking lot located at 194 Pickard Road in Goulais River, Ontario. Our booking partner, Blaq Bear Eco Adventure Routes will provide you with the keys, a map, a suggested route and some safety orientation and gear before you head out. From the lodge, depending upon the season, you can cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike, bike or hike/paddle into Norm’s. The total distance is approximately 10 km although there are longer route options for the ultra-keen. Need help with gear? A shuttle service to help get your food and gear out to Norm’s is available should you require it.
For those using the groomed ski or prepared snowshoe trails in winter, you will require a valid pass from Stokely Creek Lodge. In summer, trail access is free. For those interested in the hiking/canoeing option, you must bring your own canoe, paddles and life jackets. A shuttle service can be arranged to shuttle your canoe and gear to the portage trail head. From there it’s an easy 200 m skip into Bone Lake and a 2 km paddle down the full length of the lake to the cabin located in the secluded northeast bay. Please note that the terrain to get out to Norm’s is hilly and your trip may involve travelling through wet and muddy sections, depending on the season. During spring break-up and fall freeze-up periods, there are typically a few weeks where the cabin may be inaccessible. No matter which means of self-propelled locomotion you intend to use, it is important for you to consider all the factors including the distance, the remote environment, trail conditions, weather conditions and your own physical fitness level before setting out. We want to ensure that your visit is safe and highly enjoyable, so please contact our booking partner for guidance when making your plans. Just like wilderness camping, everything you pack in has to be packed out and we expect no trace of your visit, excepting tracks, happy memories and hopefully a positive comment in our guestbook and facebook page.
Please note that guests are responsible for providing all of their own food and beverages for the duration of their stay at the cabin, unless booking through our partner packages. When you arrive at the departure point (Stokely Creek Lodge) you will be met by a custodian who will provide an orientation and safety briefing, as well as assist you by shuttling food/beverages and your gear out to the cabin. Please recognize that we are limited by the physical capacity of the UTV/snowmachine/boat used for this purpose. In this regard, plan to bring your food and beverages in not more than two standard sized coolers and consolidate your gear in a maximum of one backpack per person. The custodian will shuttle only this maximum amount of gear plus sufficient drinking water to the cabin for you and ensure that cabin is warm, clean, organized and functional for you upon your arrival. If you wish to bring anything in excess of this amount it will be up to you to carry it in and out yourself.