2021 Mabel Lake (9 days to) Tour

Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February 28

The Mabel Lake trail is now open all the way to the Lake!   SFN and Hiawatha Highlands invite you to the MABEL LAKE TOUR – COVID STYLE!

SKI, FAT BIKE OR SNOWSHOE with your family or buddy, anytime during the last 9 days of the month.  We cannot offer the bonfires with cookies and hot chocolate, nor the social and food afterwards, BUT you get to choose your own Mabel Adventure, then share your photos, recipes and event data at [email protected]

Pick the day(s) – you can do it more than once!
Challenge yourself to ski, snowshoe or fat bike further each time…

Pick the distance –

  • 6 K SHORT MINI MABEL – from Connor Road Parking to Creek
  • 11 K LONG MINI MABEL – from Connor Road Parking to Mabel Lake
  • 12 K MAXI MINI MABEL – from Kin to Creek (Crystal 5 k)
  • 18 K MAXI MAXI MABEL – from Kin to Mabel Lake (Crystal 5 K)
  • 24 K UBER MAXI MABEL –from Kin to Lake (includes Hiawatha, Inner & Olympic loops)

Pack your own snack for one of the 2 “Covid Campfires” – Creekside or Lakeside, you’ll find a surrogate campfire. Will you bring Go Bars, ‘George’, Mabel Lake Brownies, or your own favourite recipe? The recipes for the latter two are below. Please submit the recipe for your favourite packable snack. Thank you!

Take a photo – Add the hashtag #abletoMabel
Submit your selfies by a campfire, or any favourite photo from the tour.

We’re curious! (Event Data)
How many people will do all, or some, of the Mabel Tour this year? How many will do it more than once? What is the total distance you covered during the 9 days of the Mabel Lake Tour? Please send this info to [email protected] to be tabulated at the end of the event.

All submissions of a RECIPE, PHOTO or PARTICIPATION DATA will be eligible for draw prizes kindly donated by RED PINE TOURS (hoodies), Hiawatha Highlands (buffs) and ALGOMA BICYCLE COMPANY (surprise).
We’ll feature your photos, recipes and data summary on SFN & HH websites!  Must be submitted by March 1 to be eligible for prizes!



submitted by Dee Patterson

If you’re looking for a good traveller to bring along on your adventure, George is your guy! I was first introduced to ‘him’ by Wendy Steele during, perhaps, the first JACKRABBIT FUN DAY in 2005. I remember that year, I was coaching an ‘orange’ JR group (6 levels then, named by colours). Parents were asked to bring cookies and oranges, and these were shared on the picnic platform (now gone) across from the Pinder lookout. Wendy brought ‘George’, and the rest is history! He’s sweet and simple!

1 cup softened butter – whipped well
1 cup brown sugar – add and whip more
1 tsp vanilla – add and whip in
2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Beat the butter and brown sugar until really light and fluffy – about 2 minutes at least!
Add the vanilla and blend in.
Add the flour and blend in, then the chocolate chips.

Press into a 9 x 12 jelly roll pan, lined with parchment paper (this is important)
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then, using parchment paper, lift out and slide onto cutting board.
Cool for another few minutes, then cut into bars while still warm.

‘George’ likes kayak and canoe trips, as well as hiking and skiing. Basically, he’s sturdy and travels well!

Mabel Lake Tour Brownies
Submitted by Dee Patterson

These brownies were served out at Mabel Lake in the early days of the tour, as a reward for getting there!
The original recipe called for icing, which doesn’t pack well! However, the head groomer for the club, at that time, was also a trained chef. He suggested that the white sugar in the recipe be replaced with a little more brown sugar, and no icing would be needed! He was so right! And, as a bonus, mix it all in one saucepan, then into the pan. Easy cleanup!

½ cup butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1¼ cups brown sugar
2 eggs (whip with fork before adding)
½ tsp. vanilla
½ cup flour
pinch salt

Melt butter and chocolate in saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased 9” square pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes.