Possible waves in excess of 3 ft, for short periods. Disembarking into a dingy to get to shore. Hiking on moderate to advanced trails. Under certain conditions the waves can create a jarring experience. Children under 10 are not allowed to take the high speed Zodiac tours. Pregnant woman, people with neck/back injuries, are advised not to take this tour.
|Group (up to 12)||$1495|
|Park access fees included|
|13% HST tax not included|
US$, CDN$, VISA, MC, Discover and Amex accepted on board.
This thrilling Lake Superior Lighthouse Zodiac Adventure Tour 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).
THE ZODIAC RIDE
Experience the crystal clear waters and magnificent vistas of the world’s largest freshwater lake. This Lake Superior Lighthouse Zodiac Adventure Tour begins with a thrilling 1.5 hour Zodiac ride out past the Welcome Islands and Pie Island and under 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.
When the waves and wind kick up you will get to feel the spray of the crystal clear waters. That is why we provide you with a full weather protection suit. It will keep you dry and warm on your adventure. You may also get to experience riding up and down the waves or cruising at high speeds on top of them. Because the waves and wind can make for a thrilling but physically demanding Zodiac ride, children under the age of 10 or under 4’6″ are not allowed on the Lake Superior Lighthouse Zodiac Adventure Tour. For the same reasons, 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.
Continue your Lake Superior Lighthouse Zodiac Adventure Tour 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 zip 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.
WHAT TO BRING ON YOUR ADVENTURE
We recommend you bring a cap, windbreaker, water bottle, camera, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring great hiking 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, PFD, full weather protection suits are also provided to keep you dry, warm and safe.
WHAT IS A ZODIAC?
“Zodiac” is a trade name for a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) or Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). Constructed with sides and bow made of flexible tubes containing air, a floor typically made of rigid aluminum sheets, and often outfitted with outboard engines, these boats are fast, lightweight, durable and incredibly seaworthy. Canadian forces and most militaries around the world use Zodiacs on their missions.
|Total Trip Length||6 hrs (9 AM - 3 PM)|
|Time on Water||3 hrs|
|Time at Destination||3 hrs|
|Passengers||6 - 12|
|Voyage guided by a seasoned captain||Included|
|Park access fees||Included|
|Generous provisions aboard||$30/person/day upon request|
|Full weather protection suits available.|
|Please arrive no later than 15 min before your scheduled time.|
|Monday||Private Group by Request|
|Tuesday||Private Group by Request|
|Wednesday||Private Group by Request|
|Thursday||Private Group by Request|
|Friday||9 AM - 2 PM Every Second Friday starting May 25, 2018|
|Saturday||Private Group by Request|
|Sunday||Private Group by Request|
ZODIAC tours require a minimum of 6 passengers. If we do not reach this number we will help you reschedule or refund the booking fee. Notification of the cancellation will start 24hrs before the tour.
Please call or text ahead for same day last minute availability.
Because the waves and wind can make for an exciting Zodiac ride, children under the age of 10 or under 4’6″ are not allowed on the Sleeping Giant Zodiac Adventure Tour. For the same reasons, 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.
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.