Guest Blogger: Connor Mihell Based in the cross-country ski mecca of Sault Ste. Marie, Conor Mihell skis thousands of kilometres each winter at the Hiawatha Highlands and Stokely Creek Lodge. He writes for Cottage Life, Canoe & Kayak, explore and The Globe and Mail, and won a 2010 Northern Lights Award for travel writing excellence. His first book, The Greatest Lake, is a collection of adventure, profile and environmental non-fiction set on Lake Superior’s Canadian shore, and will be published by Dundurn Press in the spring of 2012.
Cross-country ski season is finally in full swing. These days, I’m most likely found lapping the trails at the Hiawatha Highlands in Sault Ste. Marie. I love the fast, heart-pumping excitement of skate-skiing—easy incentive to build up my daily distance in preparation for participating in the Sleeping Giant Loppet near Thunder Bay in early March. But sometimes I crave something different.
Luckily, I need not travel far. The red-trimmed, cedar-shake buildings Stokely Creek Lodge have a distinctive Norwegian feel—especially when they’re draped in fresh snow on a crisp, clear day. This world-class Nordic skiing destination is located less than an hour’s drive from Sault Ste. Marie, amidst the rugged Algoma Highlands of Northern Ontario. People go to Stokely for three reasons: The food, quaint accommodations, and great cross-country skiing (often in that order).
Have you taken a cross country ski trip in Ontario this season? What is your favourite trail?