Welcome to the team!

The Algoma Highlands Conservancy would like to formally introduce to you Carly Breckenridge, the newest member of our team.

She’s our Eco-Tourism Business Intern and will be with us for the next 12 months.

Carly has had previous experience with Eco-tourism having a background with the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) working as their Event Coordinator with the Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event. A recent graduate from the Community, Economic, and Social Development (CESD) program at Algoma University, she has a good sense of what environmental sustainability means and her values fit within what the AHC strives to achieve. She has also worked with organizations such as Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas and Knowledge (NORDIK) Institute and has created her own work through applying for grants through Canada Summer Jobs. With having worked with organizations that are comparable to the AHC’s mandate, as well as sharing the same values that we hold dear, we’ve come to decide that Carly would be a great fit here.

She will be focusing on the development of Norm’s Cabin as an eco-business, gaining client interest in booking reservations.  Her skills will play a valuable role in stimulating the cabin into a viable self-sustaining business and we look forward to seeing what’s to come.

So, welcome Carly, and just remember “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”.

Message from Executive Director Jennifer Cross

Dear friends,

I’ll admit that I’ve avoided writing this letter for some time now.  I’m sitting her in Algoma Highlands Conservancy’s office with its big picture windows overlooking Stokely Creek, surrounded by mature maple forest, thinking, “How did I get so lucky to work here?”.  I informed the Board back in May of my plans to move to Alaska and the time has come for me to leave.  I’m not a very creative writer, so I don’t feel I can adequately describe how amazing these past 5 years have been.  My husband and I jokingly say to each other, “Words are tough” whenever one of us stumbles verbally.  Boy, he would love seeing me squirm right about now!
Working for the AHC has challenged me from the very beginning, which was back in December 2009.  My background was almost purely natural resources research and fieldwork, so I’ll never forget how incompetent and overwhelmed I felt when one of my first tasks was to write a grant proposal.  I’ll also never forget how elated and proud I felt when that proposal was approved!  That rewarding experience has happened to me over and over again with the AHC.  Working for a small non-profit organization often involves an “all encompassing” job description, from office administration/project management, to fieldwork and fundraising.  Never a dull moment!  The AHC is a wonderful community-driven entity.  The land we protect is open for the public to enjoy and everything we do is for the betterment of current and future generations.  Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
I want to take a moment to thank all of the AHC supporters (including our advocates, volunteers and donors).  Without you, there would be no AHC, plain and simple.  Seeing, firsthand, the generosity and passion in so many of you has made me a better person, and I’ll be eternally grateful for that!  I want to thank the Board of Directors for always keeping me busy and never failing to make me feel appreciated.  I specifically want to thank my mentor and friend, Board member Dean Thompson, for being there to help me succeed no matter how full his plate was!
The Algoma Highlands Conservancy will always hold a special place in my heart.  I plan to stay involved and help out in what ever way I can (remotely) as a Board member beginning in the New Year.
Jen Cross Signature

AHC Robertson Cliffs Ambassadors!

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!


Photo by: Carrie Ginou

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.


Photo by: Carrie Ginou

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.


Photo by: Carrie Ginou

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

Wilderness First Aid Course

The AHC, in partnership with Wilderness Medical Associates and the Kinsmen Club of Sault Ste. Marie, is now offering a Wilderness First Aid Course (previously Wilderness ADVANCED first aid). This is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and back-country experience.

This course is 2 days (16 hours) of combined instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion, students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR. Certification is valid for three years.

April 21 and 22 2015 @ 9am – 5pm both days
You must attend both days to successfully complete the requirements for certification.

All materials are included in the course fee.
Space is limited! Register by April 3rd, 2015

780 Landslide Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
(Located within the Hiawatha Highlands)

Register online at http://wafa2015.eventzilla.net

Click here to find out more

Velorution’s Fat Tire Fun Event!

Velorution and the AHC are inviting you to come out and experience fat-biking on the Stokely Creek Lodge trail system on Sat/Sun March 14th and 15th. This relatively new sport involves bikes with wide rims, extra-large tires, and weirdly-dimensioned frames, together allowing you to simply “float” over hard-packed snow!
Velorution will be providing rental bikes for anyone who wants to try the ride! All proceeds will go to the AHC. Delicious lunches are available at Stokely Creek Lodge, please call ahead to reserve a spot (705) 649-3421. For more information call Velorution (705) 253-9388.

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St. Patrick’s Day Pasta Dinner Fund Raiser!

The AHC will be hosting a Pasta Dinner this upcoming St. Patrick’s Day to raise both awareness and funds towards our conservation and stewardship efforts in the Algoma Region. We currently own 3000 acres of wilderness (which includes local treasures: King Mountain and Robertson Lake Cliffs). Our land is open to the public for FREE NON-MOTORIZED access in the spring, summer and fall seasons!

Date: St. Patrick’s Day – Tuesday March 17th 2015
Cost: $15 for adults, $8 for kids (under 10 years old) and Free for kids (under 5 years old)
Location: Mountain View Public School, Mahler Road, Goulais River, Ontario
Doors Open: 6:00pm Dinner Begins: 6:30pm
Meal Includes: Pasta, Meatballs, Bread, Salad, Dessert
Tickets available for purchase at Timberland General Store, Goulais River Country Store, or you can purchase online using your credit card by clicking one of the buttons below!

Special Guest Entertainment and Great Door Prize Draws!

So wear some GREEN and come show your support in our conservation efforts!

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We would like to recognize our Corporate Sponsors for their generous support towards this event!

Curling for the Conservancy FUNspiel

On March 22 2015, 10 teams had a great time competing in our second annual Curling for the Conservancy FUNspiel! Over $3400 was raised in support of the Algoma Highlands Conservancy’s ongoing operational costs. Thanks to everyone who came out to show their support!

A HUGE thank you goes out to all of the generous donors to our Silent Auction:

49th Apparel, 480 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Achieve Fitness, 203 Great Northern Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Algoma Bicycle Company, 360 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Body First, 642 Queen St E #7, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Carmen Muto Plumbing, 123 Roosevelt Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Dan Cross, Pinckney, MI
Paint and Decor Concepts, 25 Trunk Rd #4, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Family Life Theatre, 640 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Homespun Treasurers
Ithaka, 792 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Jane Duffield, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Joel Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 
Joe’s Sports and Surplus, 40 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Sault Ste. Marie Golf Club, 1804 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Shabby Motley, 356 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Steelton Shoe Store, 320 John St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Stokley Creek Lodge, 194 Pickard Road, Goulais River, ON
Stonehouse Wines, 843 Queen E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Sweet Greetings, 484 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Tamarack Health Food and Gifts, 150 Churchill Blvd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Velorution Bike and Ski, 162 Old Garden River Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ONconservatory.ad2










Original Post:
After the incredible success of last year’s event (over $5000 raised!) we are pleased to invite all curling enthusiasts, from newbie to expert, to join us in our second annual CURLING FOR THE CONSERVANCY Funspiel event on March 22 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

The event will be held at the Soo Curling Club at 124 Anita Blvd in Sault Ste. Marie, ON (check out our facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/750733631711306/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1 for a map of the location!

Cost: $20 curling fee + $30 minimum donation to the Conservancy = $50 total per person

Cost includes: 3 guaranteed games, lunch and instruction for beginners + brooms and sliders (if needed).

There will be a silent auction as well, with lots of great items up for bid!

To register your team of 4 send an email to info@algomahighlandsconservancy.org. Include “Curling” in the subject line and include your team name, the names of your 4 members and rank your team members as beginner, intermediate or advanced.

HURRY HARD! There is only room for 16 teams, so please register right away!

Click here to find out more

Click here for the fund raiser pledge form

AHC FAll 2014 Newsletter

If you want to know what we have been doing lately – check out our Fall 2014 Newsletter. If you would like to receive our bi-annual Newsletter follow the link “Join our Email List” below.


The AHC currently has more than 65,000 tons of carbon credits for sale. These carbon credits originate through AHC protecting the lands surrounding King Mountain & the Robertson Lake Cliffs. The credits have been independently validated & verified to ISO 14064 standards. For further information please contact AHC Treasurer Bob Beggs at bbeggs@shaw.ca

Waterwalker Film Festival 2014

Sault College Adventure Recreation and Parks students present North America’s original paddling film festival – since 1991.

Paddle Canada’s Waterwalker Film Festival is a tribute to the late Bill Mason, the great conservationist, canoeist and filmmaker. Passionate in his beliefs, always speaking from the heart, his films inspired many people to dedicate themselves to the enjoyment and conservation of Canada’s wilderness and waterways.

This activity is part of the Algoma Highlands Conservancy’s GEAR SWAP Weekend.

Where: Sault College Essar Hall Room M1030
When: Friday April 11 2014 at 7:15pm
Cost: Tickets are $10

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