The Superior Rocket Experience!
For those of you who prefer to go VERY fast and too see more of the Lake Superior scenery, this is for you. There are endless options available for those who want to explore the landscape surrounding Thunder Bay. With Sail Superior you can hike the Giant! cruise out to the historical Porphyry Island Lighthouse, or tour up the Kaministiqua River. Regardless of the journey and weather, you will be in for a comfortable and thrilling experience!
What to Expect
Even on the gloomiest of days, you will have fun. I am talking from my personal experience. As a captain (in training) for Sail Superior, I spend the majority of my day on the water or preparing the vessels for our daily tours.
Our first excursion on the Superior Rocket was a foggy and chilly May afternoon. We left from Prince Arthurs Landing and arrived at the Sleeping Giant 40 minutes later! This would normally take 3-4 hours by sailboat. Now I know you’re thinking, that must be a cold ride. WRONG. Sail Superior provides full-length Mustang™ floater suits, gloves, and googles for its passengers. So you stay warm and dry!
For those of you that are familiar with the always changing water conditions of Lake Superior might be concerned with how the Rocket will handle in big waves. There is no need to worry! The 30foot RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) Superior Rocket, equipped with twin 250 Evinrude engines, is designed for planing over the surface of the waves. Making the voyage across Lake Superior comfortable and fast! Even in rough water conditions!
Also, our Superior Rocket tours are Pet-Friendly! Share your boating and hiking experience with your canine buddy!
What NOT to Expect
If you are anticipating a relaxing, calm and quiet day on the water, you will be disappointed. The captains will do their best to keep everyone happy and comfortable, however, this experience is meant to be thrilling and fast moving. If you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful day on the water, we recommend exploring our Lake Superior Sailing Tours.
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.
Hang on and Enjoy your Sail Superior Experience!
Choose from our many Sailing and Rocket Tours
Treat your Significant Other to a Wine and Cheese Tour
Hike to the top of the Sleeping Giant
Cruise up the Kaministiqua River
Superior Rocket Tours! New!
Treat the man in your life to a thrilling day out on the water! Spend the day exploring the Historical Harbour Front and the shoreline of the Kaministiqua River. Enjoy the ride in any weather. Our full body floater suits will keep you warm and dry on those wavy Lake Superior days. Cruise out to the Sleeping Giant and hike up the head trail from Sawyer’s Bay. Or visit some of Thunder Bays unique Lighthouses!
Sailing Harbour Tour
On this unforgettable Harbour Tour. You will get out on the water, sail up close to the lakers and salties, look up at the massive grain elevators dominating the city shoreline, get incredible views of the Sleeping Giant and pass by the historic Thunder Bay Main lighthouse. Finish off by cruising around the manmade break wall, and back to Pier 3.
Wine and Cheese Tour
Have an unforgettable night on our Thunder Bay Sailing Wine and Cheese Tour. Choose between our scenic sunset cruises and our peaceful twilight harbour cruises. Or try both! Share this truly unique experience with friends and family or a significant other. Halfway through our scenic cruise, we’ll set the anchor and you can open your own bottle of wine, sample our assortment of local and imported cheeses from the Cheese Encounter and watch the sunset, or the city lights and stars emerge.
Treat your Man to a Day on the Water!
Happy Father’s Day!
Historic Lighthouses of Lake Superior
In 1867, Ignace Lighthouse made history by becoming the first lighthouse along Lake Superior’s north shore. Since then, numerous lighthouses were built to protect ships from the unforgiving shoreline of Lake Superior. Many of those lighthouses are still visible today. However, all of the lighthouses surrounding Thunder Bay must be accessed by boat. Fortunately enough, Sail Superior provides both sailing and zodiac tours to all of the islands.
Thunder Bay’s Main Lighthouse
You don’t have to travel far in Thunder Bay to view the Main Lighthouse. It is one of the most iconic structures in the Thunder Bay harbor. The Main Lighthouse is unfortunately closed to the general public. However, it still makes for a great sail and walk along the break wall.
Porphyry Point Lighthouse
The most famous lighthouse on the north shore is the Porphyry Point Lighthouse. In addition to the lighthouse, Porphyry Island is also known for its geology and flora. One of the most notable species of flora being the Devils Club. This tall thorny shrub is found nowhere else in Ontario. In fact, there have been no other sightings east of the Rocky Mountains.
Porphyry Island is also known worldwide through the book The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter. This novel tells the story of the family that once occupied Porphyry Point. A must read for lighthouse enthusiasts.
Monday Lighthouse Special
Sail Superior is excited to announce the new Monday Lighthouse Special. This unforgettable tour will take you from Thunder Bay’s Waterfront to the Porphyry Point lighthouse and back. Due to the introduction of the new Zodiac Rocket, passengers can now get to offshore destinations faster. Furthermore, for only $149 plus tax, passengers can now spend 3 hours exploring the island and 2 hours enjoying a scenic ride on Lake Superior. This exciting tour leaves every Monday at 9 am and can seat up to 12 people.
Upon arrival, passengers can climb to the top of the lighthouse and view the gorgeous coastline from the island’s highest point. Hike around the lighthouse keeper’s residence and explore the rugged rocky beaches of Lake Superior.
Thanks to the help of the Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc, Porphyry Island’s many historical structures continue to be maintained and the history preserved. Sail Superior welcomes everyone to come out and see this hidden gem.
May 4th Fundraiser
Each year the Canadian lighthouses of Lake Superior host an annual fundraiser at the Prince Arthur Hotel. Funds raised go towards maintenance and upkeep of lighthouses. This year’s fundraiser pays tribute to the lighthouse keepers who once occupied the structures we see today. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Prince Arthur Hotel, tickets include a sit down meal and access to more than 25 penny auction items.
Winter Hiking in the Sleeping Giant Provincial ParkApril 12, 2018
Hiking the head of the Giant in the Winter
Hiking, sailing, and rock climbing are all part of a long list of exciting outdoor activities that are easily accessible in Thunder Bay. Within 20 minutes you can be down at the marina jumping on a boat for an afternoon excursion on Lake Superior or fishing at your friend’s inland cabin. But that’s summer. Winters in Northwestern Ontario can be long and cold if you don’t take advantage of the snowy conditions.
My girlfriends and I plan weekly adventures and heart pounding activities to motivate us to go outside during the winter. Our most recent excursion involved hiking the snow packed trails of the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. We decided to make the challenging hike to the top of the head.
It takes approximately six hours to hike from the parking lot to the head and back. And approximately eight hours, round trip, to hike to the knees of the Giant. The trail to the head is fairly flat for the first 7 km and becomes very steep for the last 2km. There are many useful signs along the way but the trail can split and some routes can turn out to be longer than expected.
Hiking the trails can be very challenging in the winter and therefore the following precautions should be taken:
- Tell someone where you are going and when you should be back
- Bring sufficient water
- Bring a flashlight
- Have Nordic Trail Crampons
- Bring extra clothes (it can be very windy at the top)
- View a Map ahead of time and know your route
- Bring a cellphone (service is variable)
Hiking in the Summer
In the summer this amazing lookout is easily accessible by hiking, mountian biking, and even sailing. Sail Superior has also introduced a 30 foot Zodiac to its fleet this season. This will allow hikers to cruise over from the marina to the trail head in under 70 minutes. From the drop off point in Sawyers Bay, the head of the Giant trek is approximately a two hour return trip.
The Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is open year round and is a highly recommended hotspot for any outdoor enthusiast. Not only does it have the most spectacular view of Thunder Bay, but it is also home to many native species. This includes wildlife species such as deer, red fox, grey wolf and black bears. Additionally, over 200 bird species have been identified within the park through the help of the Thunder Cape Bird Conservatory. The Conservatory occupies the tip of the Sibley peninsula and is accessible through the hiking trails provided by The Sleeping Giant Provincial park. A map of the hiking trails are available at the entrance to the park.
Best Things to Do in Thunder BayApril 21, 2017
Best Things to Do in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Thunder Bay provides a dream playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Surrounded by water and mountains, Thunder Bay has something to meet every adventurer’s desires. Here are some of the Best Things to do in Thunder Bay.
Don’t forget to experience the greatest freshwater lake in the world. Sail Superior specializes in various sailboat excursions that will satisfy your craving for fun, excitement, adventure, romance or relaxation. Observe the brilliant night sky on a Starlight Wine and Cheese tour, new this year.
- Tours run mid-May – October.
- Adult prices start at $59/person
- Duration of tours range from 1.5 hours – multiple days
Check out the rest of our Tours
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Looking to stretch your legs while experiencing the beautiful Canadian wilderness at the same time? With over 100 KM of hiking trails, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is the ideal place to take it all in. If hiking isn’t your thing they also offer camping, biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
- Open 365 days / year
- Overnight camping runs May 19 – October 10
- Take a sailboat to the park
- 100 Kilometers of hiking trails
- 50 Kilometers of groomed cross-country trails
- Variety of hikes ranging from day hikes to multi-day hikes
- Stunning views at the top of the mountain
For more information visit Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Fort William Historical Park
Photo via Fort William Historical Park
Fur trading was a major industry in North America’s past. Fort William Historical Park re-creates the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trade. After experiencing one of the largest living history attractions in North America, visit their state-of-the-art Astronomy Centre.
- Open 365 days / year
- Tour a living history attraction
- State-of-the-art Astronomy Observatory
- Prices at peak season (Summer)
- Tour $14 / Adult
- Observatory $10 / Adult
- $25/night without services
- $35/night with services
- Canoe / Kayak rental
- $15 half day
- $30 full day
- Hours vary according to season
For more information visit Fort William Historical Park
Thunder Bay Lookout
Photo via Good Free Photos
Scared of heights? Put your mettle to the test at the Thunder Bay Lookout. Located on a cliff edge of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, the Lookout combines thrill and an amazing view of Lake Superior.
For more information visit Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Towering 1000 feet above Thunder Bay, Mount McKay has a great view of the city. If hiking to the top doesn’t suit your need, the parking lot lookout is 500 feet above the ground and provides a nice view as well.
- Operates mid-May – early October
- Open from 9 am – 10 pm
- Call (807) 622-3093
Outdoor Skills and Thrills
Professional guided rock and ice climbing adventures. Experience the best climbing Northwestern Ontario has to offer.
For more information visit Outdoor Skills and Thrills
Challenge your family, friends, and colleagues to a friendly game of paintball. It’s a great way to bond and relieve stress. Nestled into the base of Mount McKay is Paintball Mountain. They provide everything you need to get your adrenaline pumping.
- Operates 365 days/year
- Open from sunrise – sunset
- Reservation required Monday – Saturday
- Reservation not required on Sunday
- Prices start at $35.40 / person
For more information visit Paintball Mountain
Thunder Oak Cheese Farm
Thunder Oak Cheese Farm is the first farm in Ontario that produces Gouda cheese. Their award-winning Thunder Oak Gouda is a natural product made with fresh milk from their own Holstein cows. Take a short trip to Slate River Valley to experience the tradition of Dutch cheese making.
- Open from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday
For more information visit Thunder Oak Cheese Farm
Itching for more hikes? Here is a list of some of the most popular Thunder Bay hiking trails.
- High Falls
- Poplar Point Trail
- Cascades Trails