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Porphyry Island Lighthouse Excursion by Zodiac RIB

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Trip Length
6 hrs

Passengers
12

Activity Level
Medium

Located east of the city, across the Bay of Thunder and around the other side of the Sleeping Giant, lies Porphyry Island. The Island boasts unique geology and flora such as devil’s club and arctic plant species. Porphyry Island is also home to the second Canadian lighthouse built on Lake Superior (1873). Take an interpretive tour of the Porphyry Island lighthouse, visit the on-site museum and art gallery, explore the forest trails and hidden relics or walk the beautiful beaches and weathered rocky shoreline.

 

Interested in something more?

Porphyry Island Retreats

  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Yoga
  • Art
  • Join us for an all-inclusive professionally instructed weekend retreat on the island.

OR

  • Come for the day and get a taste of the experience.

Individual

$159Per Person

Group

$1495Group (up to 12)

Payment Info

13% HST tax NOT included US$, CDN$, VISA, MC, Discover and Amex accepted on board. Walk-ons accepted if boat capacity is available, advance reservations are recommended

Activity Breakdown

Hiking on beginner trails. Climbing steep steps to the lighthouse beacon. When the lake is rough, powering though the waves can be a jarring experience, conditions change often and quickly on Lake Superior. Sorry, but we are unable to accommodate children under eight (8) years of age or under 4’6″. Pregnant woman, people with neck/back injuries, are highly advised not to take this tour, we recommend a sailboat tour, they are gentle.

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FAQ

Safety

Policy

We recommend you bring a cap, windbreaker, water bottle, camera, sunglasses and sunscreen on your Porphyry Island Tour. 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.

This trip includes a guided interpretive tour of the island, lighthouse station, museum, and art gallery; and a year CLLS membership.

We provide potable water on board for those of you who can’t quench your thirst for adventure. Each passenger over 110 lbs. is provided with a Canadian approved full-length Mustang™ flotation suit for safety and comfort. It will keep you dry and warm on your adventure. Sizes range from M to XXXL. Passengers under 110 lbs. will be provided with a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).

 

Q:Where am I meeting you?

A: At the end of pier 3 – slip 12 & 13 at the marina park. You can find a map at the bottom of our page.

 

Q: When can I reach you?

A: We answer our phones from 10am – 8pm. Give us a call.

 

Q: How can I reach you?

You can give us a call at 807 628 3333 or at info@sailsuperior.com.

 

Q: What should I bring?

A: We recommend you bring a

  • Cap
  • Windbreaker
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle but we also provide water
  • Please bring soft tread footwear only, no hard soles.
    • Ie running shoes

Bring a fleece windbreaker as the winds on the shores of Lake Superior lower the temperature by 5 degrees.

 

For our Hike N’ Sails, we recommend a bathing suit and microfiber towel for an optional dip in the lake.

 

Q:Safety Gear?

A: Don’t worry, we’ve got you when it comes to safety. We provide every passenger with a Personal Flotation Device or full mustang floater suit.

 

Q: Is being a passenger a difficult task?

A: Absolutely not! Our excellent captains will make sure you have an easy trip. However, some of our trips require some physical activity on your end to keep your trip enjoyable and this will be listed under activity level.

 

Q: Should I bring food?

A: On the very short trips we don’t recommend food as the trip is too thrilling for food.

 

For our day trips we definitely recommend bringing food if it is not catered.

 

Q: Can I get a refund?

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

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.

 

Q: How can I pay?

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

 

Individual Zodiac Tours, Harbour Tours, Wine and Cheese Cruises, Welcome Island Excursions and Basic Sail classes are due in full at the time of booking.

 

For private group Harbour Sailing Tours , Zodiac Tours and Wine and Cheese Cruises, 50% 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.

 

Q: How early should I arrive

A: 15 minutes before your trip departs.

Q: Who is this trip not recommended for?

A: Sail Superior does not recommend Zodiac travel for expectant mothers, people in frail health, or those with neck or back concerns. Depending upon the trip, small children under the age of 8 may not enjoy the trip — please inquire before your trip.

Safety is paramount to everything we do. With over 15 years experience in the industry, we know what we’re doing, and we have thorough procedures in place to ensure your well-being.

Our boats are outfitted with safety equipment meeting or exceeding Transport Canada and Industry Standards and our captains and crew are expertly trained.

If you are participating in a Big Lake Adventure tell your crew if you have high or low blood pressure, heart conditions, epilepsy, broken or fractured bones/dislocations, fragile skin, neurological disorders, diabetes, asthma, prosthetics, panic/anxiety attacks or any recent sprains/muscular injuries.

To maintain our high standards of safety, children must be at least 142 cm (4’6″) tall for our zodiac tours. Zodiac trips are not suitable for pregnant women or those with serious back and neck problems. Please let us know of any such conditions at the time of booking and we can recommend a more suitable option.

We are unable to accommodate children under eight (8) years of age or under 4’6″. Sail Superior does not recommend Zodiac travel for expectant mothers, people in frail health, or those with neck or back concerns.

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

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% 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.

Additional Zodiac Tour Considerations

In addition to our standard cancellation and refund policy, all non-private Zodiac Tours must have a minimum of 6 confirmed passengers at least 24 hours before departure. If there are fewer than 6 passengers, an effort will be made to reschedule or, if we are unable to do so, the full cost will be refunded.

Zodiac Tour Restrictions

Children must be at least 142 cm (4’6″) tall for our zodiac tours.

Zodiac trips are not suitable for pregnant women or those with serious back and neck problems. Please let us know of any such conditions at the time of booking and we can recommend a more suitable option.

Big Lake Excursions

All big lake sailing and zodiac excursions that involve going to shore require a waiver to be signed by each passenger. Download the waiver here and fill it out beforehand.

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.

Pet-Friendly Zodiac Tour Policy

Availability is limited. One pet per charter.

*A reservation does not need to be made for a registered guide or hearing dog, they are welcome to come aboard free of charge.

We are very excited to be able to offer our passengers the opportunity to bring their companions along on our trips! Here are a few guidelines and tips to make the trip safe and enjoyable for you, your pet and other passengers:

  • It is advised to make a reservation for your pet in advance. However, walk-ons are welcome and accepted based on availability.
  • Pets must travel with their owners. For safety reasons, there will be designated seating for you and your pet to sit together.
  • Pet owners are responsible for the care and feeding of their pet.
  • Your pet should have a properly fitted collar or harness, as well as an identification tag with current contact information.
  • Senior dogs, small-breed dogs, puppies, dogs with short legs and double coated dogs are all considered to be less than ideal swimmers. With these types of breeds, it is recommended that you use a lifejacket or flotation device.
  • Pets can get sunburned! Especially the ears, paws and nose are very susceptible to sunburns. Most children sunscreens will be safe for dogs but we recommend contacting your vet for a list of options.
  • On hikes, we have a poop and scoop policy, we ask that you please clean up after your pet.
  • There is a small $5 fee for each pet traveling onboard with the exception of registered guide and hearing dogs, which are carried free of charge. The $5 is to reserve a spot for your pet and equip the boats with basic pet cleanup equipment. A portion of the proceeds will go to a local animal shelter/charity.
  • Be aware that longer zodiac rides can be physically stressful on a pet as they cannot hold on to the boat, especially if there are big waves
  • In the event of a pet becoming agitated by the stress and sound of the boat. the captain will have the final say as to whether the pet is capable of continuing on the tour.
  • Owners are financially responsible for any incurred costs from having to cut a trip short or extend a trip because of a pet.
  • Owners are entirely responsible for their pet’s behaviour and it shouldn’t interfere with the experience of other passengers.

We know that you really want to bring your pet with you, and we want you to! It is important to consider that these trips are not suitable for all pets. Please ensure that your pet is sociable and will not disrupt other passengers.

Use your discretion when considering bringing your pet. If you are uncertain about how your pet will behave onboard, please Contact Us to make arrangements prior to booking your tickets (ie. arrange to bring your pet to the marina to visit us first).  In most cases, there are no issues and a pet and its owner will both enjoy their tour.

We have put policies and procedures in place to mitigate pet-related incidents and make your experience safe and enjoyable. We must still, however, remind pet owners that they are financially and legally responsible for any injury or property damage their pet causes.

Definitions

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.

Trip Length
30 Min
Passengers
12
Skill Level

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