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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.|
|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|
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 Tours, Harbour Tours, Wine and Cheese Cruises, Welcome 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.
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.
|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.
|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|