The Superior Rocket Experience!
For those of you who prefer to go VERY fast and too see more of the Lake Superior scenery, this is for you. There are endless options available for those who want to explore the landscape surrounding Thunder Bay. With Sail Superior you can hike the Giant! cruise out to the historical Porphyry Island Lighthouse, or tour up the Kaministiqua River. Regardless of the journey and weather, you will be in for a comfortable and thrilling experience!
What to Expect
Even on the gloomiest of days, you will have fun. I am talking from my personal experience. As a captain (in training) for Sail Superior, I spend the majority of my day on the water or preparing the vessels for our daily tours.
Our first excursion on the Superior Rocket was a foggy and chilly May afternoon. We left from Prince Arthurs Landing and arrived at the Sleeping Giant 40 minutes later! This would normally take 3-4 hours by sailboat. Now I know you’re thinking, that must be a cold ride. WRONG. Sail Superior provides full-length Mustang™ floater suits, gloves, and googles for its passengers. So you stay warm and dry!
For those of you that are familiar with the always changing water conditions of Lake Superior might be concerned with how the Rocket will handle in big waves. There is no need to worry! The 30foot RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) Superior Rocket, equipped with twin 250 Evinrude engines, is designed for planing over the surface of the waves. Making the voyage across Lake Superior comfortable and fast! Even in rough water conditions!
Also, our Superior Rocket tours are Pet-Friendly! Share your boating and hiking experience with your canine buddy!
What NOT to Expect
If you are anticipating a relaxing, calm and quiet day on the water, you will be disappointed. The captains will do their best to keep everyone happy and comfortable, however, this experience is meant to be thrilling and fast moving. If you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful day on the water, we recommend exploring our Lake Superior Sailing Tours.
Sail Superior does not recommend Zodiac travel for expectant mothers, people in frail health, or those with neck or back concerns. Instead, we recommend one of our unique and scenic Harbour Sailing Tours or our Big Lake Adventures by sailboat.
Hang on and Enjoy your Sail Superior Experience!
Choose from our many Sailing and Rocket Tours
Treat your Significant Other to a Wine and Cheese Tour
Hike to the top of the Sleeping Giant
Cruise up the Kaministiqua River
Superior Rocket Tours! New!
Treat the man in your life to a thrilling day out on the water! Spend the day exploring the Historical Harbour Front and the shoreline of the Kaministiqua River. Enjoy the ride in any weather. Our full body floater suits will keep you warm and dry on those wavy Lake Superior days. Cruise out to the Sleeping Giant and hike up the head trail from Sawyer’s Bay. Or visit some of Thunder Bays unique Lighthouses!
Sailing Harbour Tour
On this unforgettable Harbour Tour. You will get out on the water, sail up close to the lakers and salties, look up at the massive grain elevators dominating the city shoreline, get incredible views of the Sleeping Giant and pass by the historic Thunder Bay Main lighthouse. Finish off by cruising around the manmade break wall, and back to Pier 3.
Wine and Cheese Tour
Have an unforgettable night on our Thunder Bay Sailing Wine and Cheese Tour. Choose between our scenic sunset cruises and our peaceful twilight harbour cruises. Or try both! Share this truly unique experience with friends and family or a significant other. Halfway through our scenic cruise, we’ll set the anchor and you can open your own bottle of wine, sample our assortment of local and imported cheeses from the Cheese Encounter and watch the sunset, or the city lights and stars emerge.
Treat your Man to a Day on the Water!
Happy Father’s Day!
Bring your pet along for a boat ride and hike on some of the most remote Islands on Lake Superior.
Share the experience with your best friend!
Visit The Thunder Cape Bird Conservatory!
Take a Sailboat or a Zodiac Rocket ride to the Thunder Cape Bird Constervatory. Hike 6.5 km from Tee Harbor to the Conservatory at the feet of the Giant. Enjoy the view from the point and learn about the local bird species. Then sail back to the Thunder Bay Marina.
Sail and Hike with Sail Superior
Sail to the remote Islands of Lake Superior.
Check out the pristine forest and crystal clear water.
Share your afternoon with amazing wildlife while hiking through Ontario’s Boreal Forest.
Hike to the top of 1000 foot cliffs.
View Thunder Bay from the highest points!
Don’t forget about our Pet-friendly Options! Spoil your dog with a hike up the Giant!
Historical Lighthouse Tours of Lake SuperiorApril 26, 2018
Historic Lighthouses of Lake Superior
In 1867, Ignace Lighthouse made history by becoming the first lighthouse along Lake Superior’s north shore. Since then, numerous lighthouses were built to protect ships from the unforgiving shoreline of Lake Superior. Many of those lighthouses are still visible today. However, all of the lighthouses surrounding Thunder Bay must be accessed by boat. Fortunately enough, Sail Superior provides both sailing and zodiac tours to all of the islands.
Thunder Bay’s Main Lighthouse
You don’t have to travel far in Thunder Bay to view the Main Lighthouse. It is one of the most iconic structures in the Thunder Bay harbor. The Main Lighthouse is unfortunately closed to the general public. However, it still makes for a great sail and walk along the break wall.
Porphyry Point Lighthouse
The most famous lighthouse on the north shore is the Porphyry Point Lighthouse. In addition to the lighthouse, Porphyry Island is also known for its geology and flora. One of the most notable species of flora being the Devils Club. This tall thorny shrub is found nowhere else in Ontario. In fact, there have been no other sightings east of the Rocky Mountains.
Porphyry Island is also known worldwide through the book The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter. This novel tells the story of the family that once occupied Porphyry Point. A must read for lighthouse enthusiasts.
Monday Lighthouse Special
Sail Superior is excited to announce the new Monday Lighthouse Special. This unforgettable tour will take you from Thunder Bay’s Waterfront to the Porphyry Point lighthouse and back. Due to the introduction of the new Zodiac Rocket, passengers can now get to offshore destinations faster. Furthermore, for only $149 plus tax, passengers can now spend 3 hours exploring the island and 2 hours enjoying a scenic ride on Lake Superior. This exciting tour leaves every Monday at 9 am and can seat up to 12 people.
Upon arrival, passengers can climb to the top of the lighthouse and view the gorgeous coastline from the island’s highest point. Hike around the lighthouse keeper’s residence and explore the rugged rocky beaches of Lake Superior.
Thanks to the help of the Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc, Porphyry Island’s many historical structures continue to be maintained and the history preserved. Sail Superior welcomes everyone to come out and see this hidden gem.
May 4th Fundraiser
Each year the Canadian lighthouses of Lake Superior host an annual fundraiser at the Prince Arthur Hotel. Funds raised go towards maintenance and upkeep of lighthouses. This year’s fundraiser pays tribute to the lighthouse keepers who once occupied the structures we see today. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Prince Arthur Hotel, tickets include a sit down meal and access to more than 25 penny auction items.
Learning to Sail in the Salty Waters of the South PacificApril 18, 2018
Introduction to Sailing in the Salty Waters of New Zealand
The transition from sailing on Lake Superior’s fresh water to the salty waters of the South Pacific took a little bit of adapting. There are many factors that come into play when sailing on the ocean. Salt corrosion, tides, swells and currents are examples of the most common differences between salt and fresh water boating. These variables are especially important when anchoring. The rule of thumb for anchoring is to let out at least 4-5 times the water depth in anchor line at high tide. Throughout the day, the water depth can vary greatly in ocean conditions. Therefore boaters must be informed of local tides, time of day and weather changes.
All the new variables associated with ocean sailing was very new and exciting to me. The majority of my sailing experience had always been on fresh water lakes, specifically Lake Superior. Which in many ways can display the same types of weather changes and waves that you would expect from an ocean.
Waiting out Cyclone Hola
When I arrived in New Zealand in March, Auckland had already been hit by two cyclones: Fehi and Gita. Cyclone Fehi plummeted local temperatures in some regions by 20 degrees and created massive storm swells. Less then a month later, Cyclone Gita hit sections of both the South and North Island, resulting in flooding. A state of emergency was declared for various parts of New Zealand. As the South Island continued to repairing their infrastructural damage from cyclone Gita, the North Island was preparing for Cyclone Hola.
Not only had I never experienced a cyclone before but I was going face cyclone Hola while anchored on a sailboat. However, Cyclone Hola only lasted a day and wind gusts didn’t reach over 90km/h. Luckily enough no-one got sea sick and the only belongings lost were my bathing suit bottoms. The remainder of my trip was sunny and filled with long days of 5-30km/h winds that carried our 37 foot sailboat up and down the coast of New Zealand.
Overall my experience in New Zealand allowed me learn more about boat safety and how to read weather conditions. Which will come in handy, on Lake Superior, with my new position as Captain for Sail Superior. So make sure you check out the variety of breathtaking tours provided by Sail Superior this summer.
Photo: The stern of Landfall a 37foot Shanon in the harbour Waiheke Island, New Zealand.