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Lake Superior Sailing Island AdventureBest Things to Do in Thunder Bay

Skill Level

Ability to move around on a sailboat. Stamina to be sailing for up to 90 minutes when waves exceed 3-4 ft.


Group (8 passengers) $525
Additional passenger (up to 12) $40
Early Bird (10 AM Departure) $445
13% HST tax not included  

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



Featured Packages


Without a doubt our most popular Lake Superior Adventure!

This Lake Superior Sailing Island Adventure will take you a little further out into the Bay of Thunder. Sail to the three picturesque islands known as the Welcome Islands. Only a short distance from the City, these Islands boast tall cliffs composed of sedimentary rock, a sheltered anchorage nestled within their cover, and an abundance of winged wildlife. Spot the Welcome Island Light House and the “Robert Fryer” shipwreck!

Enjoy a closer view of the iconic Sleeping Giant to the east, and the entire panorama of the city of Thunder Bay to the west. The best views of Thunder Bay are from the water! Looking South, wonder at the massive flat top mesas of Pie Island and the Nor’Wester Mountains. Relax and watch the cloud shadows silently roll across the stunning landscape. Our captains are knowledgeable and skilled interpretive guides and will stop the boat along the way to point out landmarks and give you the opportunity to take photos on this Lake Superior Sailing Island Adventure.


Experience the beauty of Thunder Bay and Lake Superior on board an expertly captained sailing vessel. You will feel a rush as the wind fills the sails and propels us silently and gracefully forward through the water. The boat will gently lean and pick up speed. You can sit and relax on the deck, watch the scenery pass by and feel the waves roll under you.


We recommend you bring a cap, windbreaker, camera, sunglasses and sunscreen. We provide bottled water for those of you who can’t quench your thirst for adventure. Life jackets and PFD are also provided. Please bring soft tread footwear only, no hard soles.

To maintain our high standards of safety, we ask that there be a one-to-one child-adult ratio for children under 8 (can be supervised by a sibling 15 yrs or older). There is no charge for children 2 and under but they do count towards our maximum passenger limit, so please inform us if you are bringing an infant so we can adjust our reservations accordingly.

Early Bird (10 AM Departure) pricing available for our Welcome Island Adventure!


You are welcome to self-cater this excursion. We stop for about 30-45 minutes at anchor to allow time for a meal. Bring a fully contained pic-nik type basket for your group, cheeses, meats, salads and other snacks. No glassware, please. Drinks should not include hard liquor. Coolers, beer and wine are great.


Put together a group of up to 8 for a family reunion, business outing, milestone birthday on a Lake Superior Sailing Island Adventure. Make it a date to remember and invite only your favourite person for a romantic getaway or twilight sail.

Have a really big family or group? Ask us about our multi-boat excursions. An unforgettable experience: two boats (up to 16 guests), a relaxing cruise or an exciting “race” to the islands, raft together at this scenic vista for a delicious lunch and return to the Marina. Bring your own meals and drinks or have the excursion catered.

Also, consider our wildly popular Harbour Sailing Tours and Twilight Wine and Cheese  Cruises


Trip Length 3.5 hrs
Passengers 1 - 12
Catered Lunch $20-35/person as per guest budget
Swimming For the courageous!
Resident Eagles and Blue Herons Viewing from the sailboat
Welcome Island Light House Viewing from the sailboat
Shipwreck "Robert Fryer" Viewable on calmer days or east winds
Please arrive no later than 15 min before your scheduled time.


Monday 10 AM and 2PM
Tuesday 10 AM and 2PM
Wednesday 10 AM and 2PM
Thursday 10 AM and 2PM
Friday 10 AM and 2PM
Saturday 10 AM and 2PM
Sunday 10 AM and 2PM


Please note that the Welcome islands are privately owned. We anchor a short distance off the island but do not go to shore. Alcoholic beverages may be consumed when the boat is at anchor. We highly recommend only wine, beer and or a cooler type drink. No hard liquor. Please do not bring wine glasses. Keep in mind that we return to the islands often, any and all garbage, biodegradable or not must be disposed in onboard garbage cans. We thank you for your cooperation.

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.