"Lighthouse Sailing Adventure"
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Skill Level

Stamina to be sailing for up to 6 hours, possible waves in excess of 3 ft, for short periods. Moving in and around the sailboat. Disembarking into a dingy to get to shore. Hiking on moderate to advanced trails.


Group (up to 6) $1195
13% HST tax not included  

See “Extended Trips” for longer excursions

US$, CDN$, VISA, MC, Discover and Amex accepted on board.

Featured Packages




Sailing Lake Superior’s Canadian shore is an  Ontario Signature Experience! This Lake Superior Lighthouse Sailing Adventure takes you to a picturesque and historic site. Located east of the city, across the Bay of Thunder and around the other side of the Sleeping Giant, is Porphyry Island. The Island boasts unique geology and flora such as devil’s club and arctic plant species. Porphyry is also home to the second Canadian lighthouse built on Lake Superior (1873).



Experience the crystal clear waters and magnificent vistas of the world’s largest freshwater lake. This Lake Superior Lighthouse Sailing Adventure begins with a beautiful sail out past the Welcome Islands and Pie Island. Wonder at the cliffs of the Sleeping Giant that tower 1000 feet above the water.

The Sleeping Giant is an icon and mascot to Thunder Bay. The Giant resembles a large person lying on their back, toes extended and arms folded across the chest. Known as Nanabijou to the local Anishinaabe. This giant was turned to stone when the secret location of the old silver mine now known as Silver Islet was disclosed to the white men. As another legend has it, the giant was turned to stone in punishment for sinking the white men’s boat and drowning them to keep the silver mine safe.

Beyond the Giant lie the open waters of Lake Superior, and the lighthouses that once were vital in helping seafarers navigate the Big Lake.


Continue your Lake Superior Lighthouse Sailing Adventure at Porphyry Island. You can take an interpretive tour of the Porphyry Point lighthouse, first established in 1873, explore the forest trails and hidden relics or walk the beautiful beaches and weathered rocky shoreline. The recently refurbished lighthouse keeper’s residence is now available for overnight accommodation as well. Here is a direct link to the lighthouse organization that manages the grounds and buildings “Go to the lighthouse“. We take you there and they take care of you!

We will sail back across the bay where you will get to enjoy Thunder Bay from a different vantage point. The best views of the city are from the water! Finish off by cruising around the manmade break wall, and back to Pier 3.

Each excursion is unique. Lake Superior always has something to say about what you will see and which direction you will take. Always lots of wind for sailing but rarely the same direction or force.


We recommend you bring a cap, windbreaker, water bottle, camera, sunglasses and sunscreen. You will need two pairs of shoes. One pair for the boat and one pair for hiking. Your boat shoes should be nonmarking – most running shoes work well. Your hiking shoes should be footwear that you have used and trust, blisters are no fun. Hiking boots, hiking shoes or comfortable and sturdy running shoes are examples of appropriate footwear.

Bring a lunch and snacks or let us provide the food for your adventure for a small charge. We provide potable water on board for those of you who can’t quench your thirst for adventure. Life jackets and PFD also provided.

Take an extended excursion with an overnight on the boat in Sawyers Bay at the base of the 1000ft Giant. Or book a two-night trip that then moves on to Thompson Island or the Sleeping Giant.

See “Extended Trips” for longer excursions.


Total Trip Length 11.5 hrs (8 AM - 7:30 PM)
Passengers Up to 6
Voyage guided by a seasoned captain Included
Generous provisions aboard $30/person/day upon request
Up to 6 passengers for day trips.
See "Extended Trips" for longer excursions.
Please arrive no later than 15 min before your scheduled time.


Monday Daily by request
Tuesday Daily by request
Wednesday Daily by request
Thursday Daily by request
Friday Daily by request
Saturday Daily by request
Sunday Daily by request


Island visiting is under the direction and care of the Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of our Heritage light-stations. Please be advised that certain restrictions and conditions may apply for the use and exploration of the light station. Supplemental day use fees may be requested. Please click for up to date information on CLLS regulations.

Public Tours

Payments for individual Zodiac ToursHarbour ToursWine and Cheese CruisesWelcome Island Excursions and Basic Sail classes are due in full at the time of booking.

Private Tours & Groups

For private group Harbour Sailing Tours , Zodiac Tours and Wine and Cheese Cruises, 50% of the payment is due at the time of booking and the remaining balance is due 14 days before the event. Reservations for Big Lake Adventures and specialty charters require a 50% deposit at time of booking with the balance due upon departure.

Private group reservations and payments must be handled through one group representative only.

Advanced online reservations*

*At least one day in advance

Zodiac ToursHarbour ToursWine and Cheese CruisesWelcome Island Excursions and select Big Lake Adventures are available for online reservation. When booking online, your credit card will be charged at the time of booking as per our Booking Policy. We accept payment from all major credit card companies.

Please call or text ahead for same day last minute availability.
Tel/Text: +1.807.628.3333

Visa, MC, Amex, USD or CDN cash, is accepted on board. If paying by credit on board, please arrive 15 minutes early to allow for card processing.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

All reservations canceled at least two full weeks prior to the scheduled trip date are refunded 85% of fare (15% administration fee). If a reservation is canceled within two weeks of scheduled trip date, there is NO REFUND.

You MUST call us (+1.807.628.3333) to cancel a reservation prior to the trip date or no refund or transferable credit will be made.
PLEASE, be sure of your trip before booking.

100% transferable credit will be issued for the following circumstances the day of the charter:

  • If there is a Small Craft Advisory in effect by Environment Canada at the time the charter begins, and, the client wishes not to sail.*
  • If there is continuous rain and lightning just prior to the start of the charter which is expected to last the duration of the reserved charter, and, the client wishes not to sail.*

*For out of town guests or special reservations that are canceled due to the two prior circumstances and cannot be rescheduled, 85% of the fare will be refunded (15% retained for crew standby and preparation).

Often, the weather on Lake Superior differs from the weather on shore. It is best to call us, text us or come down to the marina to confirm conditions.

If WE cancel a trip due to weather or any other conditions, you will receive a FULL REFUND of all fares. Once a charter begins there will be no refunds unless due to the inability of Sail Superior to continue the reserved charter.

Age Groups

Student Enrolled at a post-secondary institution
Senior 65 years and older
Youth 11-17 years of age
Child* 3-10 years of age
Toddler* 2 years and under
Family 2 adults and 3 youth
*Must be accompanied by an adult. If more than one child is present, one adult and individuals over the age of 15 must accompany them.

Where to Meet

Arrival time is typically 15 minutes before any adventure and the meeting place is at our boats:

Pier 3 Slip 13 Marina Park, Thunder Bay, ON

We look forward to your arrival! You may park free of charge in one of the three parking lots along the waterfront. You are welcome to drop off people and belongings at the boats before parking.

See our Contact page for more information, a map of our location and detailed directions.

Weather & Routing

Sail Superior.com reserves the right to change destinations and or routing in the interest of passenger and vessel safety.


Small Craft Advisory: To alert mariners to sustained (more than two hours) weather or sea conditions, either present or forecast, that might be hazardous to small boats. The decision as to the degree of hazard will be left up to the boatman, based on his experience and size and type of boat. The Small Craft Advisory is an advisory in Coastal Waters and Nearshore forecasts for sustained winds, frequent gusts, or sea/wave conditions, exceeding defined thresholds specific to geographic areas. A Small Craft Advisory may also be issued when sea or lake ice exists that could be hazardous to small boats.

Eg. Eastern (Lake Superior, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario) – Sustained winds ranging between 25 and 33 knots (except 20 to 25 knots, lower threshold area dependent, to 33 knots for harbours, bays, etc.) and/or seas/waves 5 to 7 feet and greater, area dependent.


Extended Trips

Trip Times Price (13% HST not included)
Day and a Half 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM+1 $1795
Two Day 4:00 PM – 1:30 PM+2 $2495
Double bed overnight in the lighthouse (see Policies) $150
Up to 6 passengers for day trips, 5 passengers for overnight (unless camping ashore).
Here is a suggested packing list for your extended trips: Packing List
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