Visiting the Thunder Cape Bird ObservatoryMay 1, 2018

Are you an avid birder? Do you have a keen interest in nature and science? Do you want to learn?

The Thunder Cape Bird Observatory is a great place to visit! 

Visiting The Thunder Cape Bird Observatory

Located at the tip of the Sleeping Giant, the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory has served as a bird monitoring station since 1991. The Sibley Peninsula (Sleeping Giant) is bounded by the highest cliffs in Ontario. These cliffs create a natural migration trap. Especially good for waterfowl, raptors, and passerines. The Thunder Cape Bird Observatory sees hundreds of bird species every year!


The Thunder Cape Bird Observatory associates with The Ontario Bird Banding Association. It is also part of The Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. The Observatory runs from late April and until the end of October. Peak bird migration occurs in the spring and fall. There are lots of activities at the Observatory. Volunteers identify, age, sex, weigh and band caught birds with an ID number. Also, visual monitoring, and Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) take place.

At the site, there is a cabin with a bird banding station, a sauna, and further back a watchtower. In the clearings around the banding station, mist nets are set up. A heligoland trap is used to catch birds for banding. In the fall, mist-netting is used at night to catch Northern Saw-whet and Boreal Owls.

Depending on how busy it is for staff and volunteers, you can sometimes get a great site tour and banding/identification lesson when you arrive. The staff and volunteers are very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. If it is too busy for a tour and learning, the Thunder Cape is still a really interesting place to visit!

Getting to the Thunder Cape


Sleeping Giant Zodiac Adventure Tour

Getting to the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory can be a trek! Hiking is the most popular way of getting to the Observatory. The hike to the observatory is about 12 km from the trailhead at backcountry parking lot. The hike roughly traces the shoreline through the dense forest. The trails are fairly wide with rocky and sandy or muddy bottom for the most part. To start the hike, follow the Kabeyun Trail 6 km, past the turnoff to the Sea Lion, to Tee Harbour.

Continue from Tee Harbour and hike another 5 km, past the Talus Lake Trail and Lehtinen’s Bay campsites. Before you complete the 5 km you will encounter a boulder field. Take your time in this section, especially if it is wet out. After the boulder field, the trail climbs over the tip of the Sleeping Giant’s Feet. This section is steep and can also be treacherous in wet conditions.

Once you are over the tip of the feet it is a short 1.5 km hike to the Observatory. Look for the wooden observation tower to the east. The whole hike to the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory and back is about 24 km. For most people, this is a full day or two days with an overnight at the Tee Harbour or Lehtinen’s Bay campsites. Make sure to pack according to the conditions.

Bike and Hike

This is a good option if you want to save some time and have some fun biking the trails. You can bike from the trailhead at the parking lot right to the beginning of the boulder field. You could probably do it on any bike in most conditions but a mountain bike makes it way easier, especially if it is muddy. The terrain is bumpy and some of the hills are steep. Lock your bike up and continue on foot. Depending on where you lock up, the whole bike and hike to the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory is 16 – 18 km of biking and 6 – 8 km of hiking. For most people, this is a half day to a full day. It is also fun to camp and make a weekend of it. There are many other trails to explore by bike.Make sure to pack according to the conditions.


By far the quickest and most thrilling way to get to the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory. Sail Superior is now offering trips and shuttles on the Superior Rocket, a Zodiac powerboat, to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. The Rocket trip directly to the Thunder Cape takes about 1 hour. If you would like to hike from Tee Harbour the Rocket trip is just over 1 hour.

Experience the crystal clear waters and magnificent vistas of the world’s largest freshwater lake. Ride out past the Welcome Islands. Cruise by Pie Island and back towards the Sleeping Giant. Spot the resident Bald Eagle on Hare Island. Follow the shoreline under the 1000 foot cliffs. This trip is really incredible!

Call 807-628-3333 to book a Rocket trip to the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory

Lake Superior Wedding – Thunder BayApril 30, 2018

Ever dreamed of proposing surrounded by the serenity of Lake Superior? Imagine the crystal clear waters. The fresh breeze gently blowing. The city in front of you, the iconic Sleeping Giant behind. Picture perfect moments and unique experiences!

Sail Superior can make your special day unforgettable!

Propose to your life partner, have an intimate ceremony aboard our boats or on a remote island, take a romantic getaway or treat visiting family and friends to an incredible experience.

Start Planning Today 

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Porphyry Island Getaway

Have your intimate ceremony aboard the sailboat (5 guests plus JP and Photographer), on a remote island (8 guests plus JP and Photographer), or on the picturesque Porphyry Island (8 guests plus JP and Photographer).

Travel to Porphyry Island on a weekend with your family and friends. Enjoy a beautiful wedding on the maintained grounds. Afterward, send the group home and have the island to yourselves. Stay for two blissful nights in the romantic lighthouse keeper’s residence. Return from your unforgettable wedding and honeymoon on our Monday Porphyry Excursion.

Romantic Wedding Retreat

Sail from Prince Arthurs Landing in Thunder Bay to the Beyond the Giant Nature Retreat for a romantic getaway. Get up close to the fabled Sleeping Giant and Trowbridge Lighthouse. Pass by the historic community of Silver Islet into scenic Black Bay. Experience the beauty of the Thunder Bay area and the serenity of sailing on Lake Superior.

Arrive to a table set with candles, wine, and a basket filled with freshly baked bread and local cheese.  Delicious freshly made stone baked, thin crust pizzas for dinner. Traditional Finnish pancakes topped with Canadian maple syrup, fresh strawberries, whipped cream for breakfast. Spend your nights in a romantic and beautifully built log cabin.

After Ceremony Sunset & Evening Cruises

The perfect ending to your perfect day. A sunset sail on Lake Superior. Sail out as your family and friends see you off! Serenity, beauty, and unforgettable memories await.

Friends & Family Visiting?

Sunset wine and cheese cruise with your bridesmaids? Take breathtaking photos and have a great time. What could be more fun!

Are your family and friends visiting? Let us help you make their stay memorable. Invite them to explore Thunder Bay’s waterfront and Lake Superior. They can experience one of our many tours or adventures. Something for everyone!


Thunder Bay Corporate Outings and Team BuildingApril 27, 2018

Looking for something new and exciting to do with staff or clients?

Treat your staff to an unforgettable corporate outing and team building experience.

Thank a client for their loyalty.

Enjoy unique experiences!

Corporate team building, corporate outings and corporate events are great for business!

Studies (1) have shown that team building has positive effects on:

Team building is beneficial to overall team functioning but it is best for improving staff trust, attitudes, coordination, and communication.

(1) Klein, C., DiazGranados, D., Salas, E., Le, H., Burke, C. S., Lyons, R., & Goodwin, G. F. (2009). Does team building work?. Small Group Research40(2), 181-222. 

Interested in Team Building and Corporate Events in Thunder Bay?

Sail Superior now offers Corporate and Team Building Events

    – We live and work next to the biggest lake in the world. Take advantage of it – 

Book a staff getaway or team building adventure. Enjoy a thrilling zodiac ride around the harbour. It’s the most exciting thing to do in Thunder Bay! Or, cruise out to the Sleeping Giant and hike up to the clifftop lookout with your team. An unforgettable experience that is sure to bring folks together!

Take business clients on a scenic tour to show your appreciation. Tour the beautiful and historic Kaministiquia River. See what Thunder Bay has to offer. We’ll bring you within feet of major sights. Our captains are knowledgeable and skilled interpretive guides and will stop the boat along the way to point out landmarks and give you and your valued client the opportunity to take photos. Guaranteed to impress. Book one of our many unique experiences.

Many custom options are available to fit your group and budget. Take two half-length tours if you have a bigger group or drive & sail to the Sleeping Giant. Half the group drives out and meets the other half coming in on the boats. After the hike, the groups swap places for the trip back. Make your own Adventure!

Learn more about Sail Superior’s Team Building and Corporate Events. 


2018 Festivals & Events in Thunder BayMarch 29, 2018

2018 Festivals & Events in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay will be hosting a bunch of great Festivals and Events again this year. Here’s a list of Festivals & Events in Thunder Bay happening this year. For a full list, visit Thunder Bay Tourism’s brand new website and Events Calendar:

Folklore Festival: May 5th and 6th

The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association will be hosting the 45th annual Folklore Festival. Take a trip around the world in 48 hours. There will be international food and drink, cultural music, dance, and much more. The Folklore Festival is a fun and unique celebration. Don’t miss it!
Dates: Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th

Times: Sat. 12 pm to 11 pm and Sun. 12 pm to 7 pm

Location: Fort William Gardens, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Cost: Adults $5, Students/Seniors $3, Children $1


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Kite Festival: June 3rd

Thunder Bay’s Kite Festival has been held annually since 1981. Along with kite workshops, demonstrations and activities, you will experience the flying skills of kite experts from renowned Kite Clubs. People of all ages will be impressed and inspired by their spectacular demonstrations of colourful high-flying kites. Don’t miss this award-winning day of fun, colour, and amazement! On the ‘Top 100 Ontario Festivals’ list.

Dates: Sunday, June 3rd

Times: 12 pm – 4 pm

Location: Chippewa Park, Thunder Bay

Cost: FREE

Contact: (807) 625-2351

Sponsor: please call Ash Young at 625-2487 or email

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Thunder Pride Association Parade & Pride in the Park: June 16th

Dates: Saturday, June 16

Times: 12 pm – 2 pm

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE


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National Aboriginal Day: June 21st

National Aboriginal Day is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Dates: Thursday, June 21

Times: All Day

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE


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Canada Day on the Waterfront: July 1st

Celebrate CANADA Day on the Waterfront! Canada Day on the Waterfront is Thunder Bay’s biggest annual one-day event. Programming runs from 5 – 11 pm. Enjoy the area’s biggest fireworks display.

Get the best view of the fireworks in the city from the water with Sail Superior. It’s dark, boats drifting in the distance, the historic Thunder Bay Main lighthouse at your back, dusk has fallen over the city – BOOM! Fireworks light up the sky. Get out your cameras! Book your July 1st fireworks with Sail Superior HERE! Only $35 per person.

Dates: Sunday, July 1st

Times: 5 pm – 12 pm

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE


Sponsor: please call Ash Young at 625-2487 or email

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Thunder Bay Blues Festival: July 6th – 8th

Prepare yourself for a long weekend of music, food, friends, sunshine, opinion and attitude. You’re going to love every note, morsel, smile, ray, verb and exclamation point of it!

Dates: Friday, July 6th, Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th

Times: Friday 4 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 12 pm – 11 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 11 pm

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: visit


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Festival of India: July 21st

Festival of India The annual Krishna Culture Festival of India is celebrated across many cities in North America. The mission of Festival of India is to provide traditional and classical Indian entertainment including Bharat Natyam and Odissi dance, Kirtans and Bhajans with Sitar, Saraj, Tamboura, Tablas, Mridanga, Harmonium and Kartals, as well as theater based on great ancient histories like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Over one hundred attractively designed panel displays report and depict little-known information on topics such as Reincarnation, Vegetarianism, Ancient and Modern Science, and Vedic Histories. A veritable gallery of illustrative artwork, sculpture, and photographic reproductions complete Festival of India’s illuminating image to the public eye. Returning to Thunder Bay yearly, the Festival of India has won approval from students, professors, professionals, authors, and celebrities and has been enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Festival of India offers a wealth of opportunities for everyone.

Dates: Saturday, July 21st

Times: 1 pm

Location: Marina Park, Water St, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE

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Superior Theatre Festival: July 25th – 29th

Superior Theatre Festival advances the appreciation of the arts by showcasing high-caliber contemporary work, programming work that celebrates our Northern Voice and creating enriching opportunities through arts education and dialogue.

Dates: Wednesday, July 25th – Sunday, July 29th

Times: TBA

Location: TBA

Cost: TBA

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Bay & Algoma Buskers Festival: July 28th – 29th



The Bay and Algoma Neighborhood is excited to announce the sixth annual Bay and Algoma Buskers Festival. Featuring over 40 performers rotating through 10 performance pitches located on Upper Bay Street and Algoma, this year’s festival has familiar favourites as well as some new surprises. The festival draws in more than 5,000 attendees over two days of closed street celebrations and is again partnering with the DefSup Die Active Y’ART Sale to create an arts filled urban landscape.

Dates: Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th

Times: All Day

Location: Bay and Algoma neighbourhood, Thunder Bay, ON

Cost: FREE

Volunteer and Sponsor:

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Plenty of Festivals & Events in Thunder Bay this year. Experience them all!

10 Great Restaurants in Thunder Bay, OntarioMarch 28, 2018

Thunder Bay is known for its booming restaurant scene. There are fantastic restaurants around every corner in this city. Here is a list of 10 Great Restaurants in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

1. The Silver Birch

The Silver Birch Restaurant is the concept of owner/chef Darlene Green. Darlene operated Sweet Dreams Bakery and Catering for over 25 years and decided the timing was right to join Thunder Bay’s thriving restaurant district.

Her love of the outdoors and Northern Ontario is reflected in all aspects of the restaurant. Described as “Northern Inspired” the menu reflects the unique culinary and cultural diversity of our area, incorporating as many local ingredients as possible.

Located in the heart of the waterfront district, with a view of Lake Superior, the restaurant has a warm modern feel incorporating the natural elements of birch forest scenery and a stone fireplace.

Address: 28 Cumberland St N, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4K8
Phone: (807) 345-0597

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2. Lot 66

Designed to be one of the warmest and intimate spaces in the city, Lot 66 combines warm colours with interesting textiles and rich fabrics to create a restaurant with loungy elements. Owner and Executive Chef Mike Roulston has a passion for food and wine that enables him to create some of the most interesting and flavourful dishes in Thunder Bay.

Address: 66 Court St S, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2X3
Phone: (807) 683-7708

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3. The Growing Season

The Growing Season opened its doors in the fall of 2009 after four local women joined together to create a space where the community could share fresh, healthy food and drinks.

This local eatery features homemade wraps, salads, soups, desserts, daily specials, fresh juices, and smoothies. Lentils are sprouted in-house, and local seasonal produce is carried when available.

We like to make everything from scratch, choosing the best and ingredients we can get our hands on while keeping our prices affordable. Our dishes are unique, colourful, refreshing and nutritious, with the emphasis on health and sustainability.

Address: 201 Algoma St S, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 3C1
Phone: (807) 344-6869

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4. Caribou Restaurant + Wine Bar

At Caribou the surroundings are comfortable and the focus is contemporary cuisine of exceptional quality. Signature dishes created by Chef Craig Vieira include certified Angus tenderloin, cedar plank salmon, black and blue ahi tuna and wood oven pizzas. Our desserts are prepared in-house by our pastry chef. Our extensive wine list was compiled by our wine expert Jeff Hupka with numerous vintage wines as well as over 30 wines by the glass.

Caribou has been listed in “Where to Eat in Canada” for several years running and the wine list has earned the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence” every year since 2002.

Address: 727 Hewitson St, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6B5
Phone: (807) 628-8588

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5. Tomlin Restaurant

Tomlin is a Thunder Bay Restaurant working alongside local producers to create fresh and eclectic plates with an emphasis on sharing at the table. The Dinner Menu is a collaborative effort from the Kitchen Team. It changes often to keep things seasonal and interesting for our customers.

Address: 202 1/2 Red River Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1A4
Phone: (807) 346-4447

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6. the Sovereign Room

Established in 2010 and a forerunner to downtown Port Arthur’s burgeoning culinary scene, the Sovereign Room gastropub strives for innovation as well as using fresh house-made ingredients wherever possible. Stop by for a pint after work or experience our award winning pubfare in a laid-back environment.

Thunder Bay’s ground zero for local, craft and import beers. Now carrying products from Bellwoods, Left Field, Halo and Burdock breweries.

Address: 220 Red River Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1A6
Phone: (807) 343-9277

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7. Naxos Grill & Bar

Our diverse menu selections include Canadian favorites and our traditional family recipes from Greece. We pride ourselves in using the best quality ingredients to prepare fresh quality food to give you a tasty and authentic experience.
Whether it’s a simple night out, a takeout order or a special event, we want you to sit back, relax and enjoy the flavour and hospitality of Naxos Grill & Bar. Discover new tastes and inspired recipes from our traditional family to yours.

Address: 610 Arthur St W, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5R8
Phone: (807) 475-3886

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8. Man vs. Meat

Address:1101 Victoria Ave E, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 1B7
Phone: (807) 286-3287

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9. Kabab Village

The Hatoum family invites you to enjoy the authentic flavours of Lebanon and the Meditteranean. The Hatoum’s opened Kabab Village in 2009 with Taghrid Hatoum as head chef.

In 2011 the restaurant was redecorated to have a more Lebanese décor. They offer an extensive menu all made with Halal meat as well as many Vegetarian dishes. Almost all of the food is prepared fresh to order in the traditional way.

Address: 215 Syndicate Ave S, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1C8
Phone: (807) 622-9495

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10. Prospector Restaurant

Situated in the beautiful slate River Valley, southwest of Thunder Bay. Hockenhull farms has long been famous for Prime Beef and Choice Produce. Over thirty years as Ranchers and restaurateurs gives the Prospector Restaurant the edge in maintaining the highest standard of excellence. Succulent cuts of prime rib, juicy steaks, chicken or fish dishes. Each complete with world-famous buns and in-house-made soup and salad bar.

Address: 27 Cumberland St S, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2T3
Phone: (807) 345-5833

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