As in 2012, the AHC in partnership with Wilderness Medical Associates and support from The Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Kinsmen Club of Sault Ste. Marie offered a Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course over 4 days in April 2013 that saw 18 participants earn their 3 year certification. Thanks to all involved – get outside and stay safe! If you are interested in taking this course, please contact us! Future offerings will be based on sufficient demand.
Due to some unforeseeable circumstances changes were made this year to the Ontario Envirothon program, normally regions would host competition days and the highest scoring team from the region would move on to the Ontario Envirothon competition. Due to these circumstances regions were instructed not to host competitions this year as testing would be done online. Our dedicated volunteers decided to still host an activity day as we felt it would benefit the students writing the test nonetheless. Our Environmental Education Coordinator, Cynthia Marcinkowski, oversaw the Activity Day at Central Algoma Secondary School and also presented a Forestry Activity station. Two schools were represented by 21 participating students and 2 dedicated teachers. This activity day would not have been possible without the yearly dedication and expert help of the following individuals: Tracey Cooke – Stewardship Coordinator at the East Algoma Stewardship Council MNR, Paul Hazlett – Forest Soils Scientist at Great Lakes Forestry Centre NRCan, Scott Capell – Environmental Technician at Great Lakes Forestry Centre NRCan, Ryan Namespetra and Valerie Walker – Professors of the Natural Environment and Outdoor Recreation Studies programs at Sault College, Don McGorman – Volunteer at Clean North and Madison Zuppa – Environmental Initiatives Coordinator at The City of Sault Ste. Marie. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to them for their continued involvement in making the Algoma Regional Envirothon such a wonderful success year after year. Congratulations to the students from W.C. Eaket Secondary School in Blind River who placed in the Top 10 of the online competition and best of luck in the next stage.
Our second annual Bike and Hike Day was a great success thanks to all of the wonderful outdoor enthusiasts and volunteers who joined us on September 16, 2012. Visitors participated in advanced and beginner hikes, which included rewarding views from King Mountain and Upper Stokely Falls, while mountain bikers challenged our 10km single track route. We had approximately 130 people from babies to grandparents come and explore our forest and relax afterwards for a well-deserved BBQ and a chance to swap trail stories.
We were fortunate to have our MPP Mike Mantha and his wife join us on the trails and had the opportunity to thank him for the provincial support provided to our Environmental Education Program by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The Algoma Highlands offers year-round recreational pursuits including world class cross country ski opportunities, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, as well as more leisurely and artistic activities such as nature photography, painting and bird-watching. To dramatically increase public use of our conservation forest, we partnered up with the Sault Cycling Club (saultcyclingclub.ca) and Sault College to construct the mountain bike trail system.
The AHC strives to engage more people from local and surrounding communities in physical activity by offering a variety of self-propelled opportunities on the property. We hope that our efforts will help connect people to the natural environment and encourage respect and appreciation of the natural features and diverse ecosystems in the region.
This singletrack trail is a phenomenal addition to local x-country mountain biking. Please be aware that there’s some serious climbing involved in the single track loop so be prepared to push your bike on some sections. The double track recommendations offer a more leisurely bike ride.
To get started, park in the main parking lot at Stokely creek resort (WARNING: DO NOT drive your car past the gate, as you might get locked in!). Ride your bike past the gate on the main lodge road, heading towards the main lodge. Climb home run hill on your left, before the lodge. You’ll go up it and part way down before you need to turn in on the doubletrack to your right at ski signpost #10 / bike marker #2. The first section of singletrack is almost immediately on your left.
Trail conditions change all the time so be aware and ride responsibly!
For more info on the trail please contact Jennifer Cross at the Algoma Highlands Conservancy.
The AHC sincerely thanks Bob Sinclair for the time and expertise he dedicated to developing the trail maps.
Our application to Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Activity & Access Fund was successful and we have started working on a trailhead project designed to improve signage and access to the fantastic hiking opportunities on the Algoma Highlands Conservancy property at Robertson Lake Cliffs. We are partnered with the Voyageur Trail Association on this project and look forward to getting more hikers out to this spectacular place.
The AHC was thrilled to co-host this years’ Algoma Envirothon competition with the East Algoma Stewardship Council and their partners. It was a great 2 day event held at the Algoma Highlands Conservancy and Stokely Creek Lodge. Local high school students got the opportunity to test their knowledge of forests, soils, wildlife, aquatic ecosystems and human impact on the environment.
The AHC in partnership with Wilderness Medical Associates and support from The Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Kinsmen Club of Sault Ste. Marie offered a Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course over 4 days in April that saw 18 participants earn their 3 year certification. Thanks to all involved – get outside and stay safe!