Historical Lighthouse Tours of Lake Superior

LOCATION: Sleeping Giant - Thunder Bay, Ontario - Lake Superior

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Porphyry Point Lighthouse Tour. Looking down at the Lighthouse Keepers Residence from the top of the lighthouse.

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. 

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