"Hike ‘n Sail: Sleeping Giant"
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Skill Level

Stamina to be sailing for up to 2.5 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, advanced and expert trails.

Pricing

Group (up to 6) $995
13% HST tax not included  

See “Extended Trips” for longer excursions

US$, CDN$, VISA, MC, Discover and Amex accepted aboard.

$995

 

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WHERE YOUR ADVENTURE TAKES YOU

This Sleeping Giant Hike and Sail Adventure takes you on an unforgettable big lake excursion! Located about 13 Nautical Miles east of the city out across the Bay of Thunder Bay lies the Sleeping Giant. It is the large landmass at the end of the Sibley Peninsula. The Sleeping Giant is an icon and mascot to Thunder Bay. It resembles an extraordinarily 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. The Sibley Peninsula contains a unique red sandstone sedimentary rock formation that dates back 1.5 billion years. There is a migratory bird observatory open to visitation at Thunder Cape, the very tip of the Sibley Peninsula. Trails up to the top of the Giant offer spectacular views of the surrounding area and Lake Superior.

YOUR EXPERIENCE

THE SAIL

Experience the beauty of Thunder Bay and Lake Superior on this Sleeping Giant Hike and Sail Adventure. Step aboard 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.

Enjoy a closer view of the iconic Sleeping Giant as we approach, and the entire panorama of the city of Thunder Bay behind us. Looking South, wonder at the massive flat top mesas of Pie Island and the Nor’Wester Mountains. Relax and watch the cloud shadows silently glide across the stunning landscape. Our captains are knowledgeable and skilled interpretive guides and will point out landmarks and give you the opportunity to take photos on this Sleeping Giant Hike and Sail Adventure.

THE HIKE

You will begin your hike once we’ve settled into the protected and picturesque Sawyers Bay. You will hike through the lush and pristine boreal forest. Sleeping Giant is a protected Provincial Park and you may glimpse some of the abundant wildlife during your hike. The hike up the giant will take you about 60-90+ min each way. The trail to the Head is considered an extreme trail (2.5 hrs return) and the trail to the Chest is considered moderate to advanced (3 hrs return). Work your way up to the top of the high cliffs. 1000 feet up you will view the expanse of Lake Superior’s open water. Standing on this exposed cliff, surrounded by lush forest and overlooking the azure waters will be an unforgettable experience!

Take a quick dip in the lake and a sunbathing session on the cobblestone beach after finishing your hike. 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 Sleeping Giant Hike and Sail Adventure is unique, as Lake Superior always has something to say about what you will see and which direction you will take. Always an abundance of wind for sailing but rarely the same direction or force.

WHAT TO BRING ON YOUR ADVENTURE

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 moves on to Thompson Island.

See extended trip prices under the “Extended Trips” panel.

Details

Total Trip Length 9 hrs (8:30 AM - 5:30 PM)
Time on Water 6 hrs
Self guided hike 3 hrs
Passengers 1 - 6
Voyage guided by a seasoned captain included
Park access fees Included
Generous provisions aboard $30/person/day upon request
See "Extended Trips" for longer excursions.
Please arrive no later than 15 min before your scheduled time.

Schedule

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

Policies

Please call or text ahead for same day last minute availability.

Tel/Text: +1.807.628.3333

FULL BOOKING, CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

Extended Trips

Trip Times Price (13% HST not included)
Bit Longer 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM $1095
Extended 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM  $1195
Overnight 4:00 PM – 1:30 PM+1  $1495
Day and a Half 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM+1  $1795
Two Day 4:00 PM – 1:30 PM+2  $2495
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