Experience the crystal clear waters and magnificent vistas of the world’s largest freshwater lake. This Lake Superior Lighthouse Sailing Adventure begins with a beautiful sail out past the Welcome Islands and Pie Island. Wonder at the cliffs of the Sleeping Giant that tower 1000 feet above the water.
The Sleeping Giant is an icon and mascot to Thunder Bay. The Giant resembles a 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.
Beyond the Giant lie the open waters of Lake Superior, and the lighthouses that once were vital in helping seafarers navigate the Big Lake.
Continue your Lake Superior Lighthouse Sailing Adventure at Porphyry Island. You can take an interpretive tour of the Porphyry Point lighthouse, first established in 1873, explore the forest trails and hidden relics or walk the beautiful beaches and weathered rocky shoreline. The recently refurbished lighthouse keeper’s residence is now available for overnight accommodation as well. Here is a direct link to the lighthouse organization that manages the grounds and buildings “Go to the lighthouse“. We take you there and they take care of you!
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 excursion is unique. Lake Superior always has something to say about what you will see and which direction you will take. Always lots of wind for sailing but rarely the same direction or force.
Group$1195Group (up to 6)$30Provisions on board (per person)
Payment InfoUS$, CDN$, VISA, MC, Discover and Amex accepted on board. Walk-ons accepted if boat capacity is available, advance reservations are recommended
Activity BreakdownStamina to be sailing for up to 6 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 to advanced trails.
More Trip Details
Here is a suggested packing list for your adventure:
- Cap / Sun hat
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Light Sweater
- Close-toed non marking shoes for the boat (running shoes)
- Close-toed hiking shoes (boots or shoes that are comfortable and tested)
- Snacks for the day
Safety is paramount to everything we do. With over 15 years experience in the industry, we know what we’re doing, and we have thorough procedures in place to ensure your well-being.
Our boats are outfitted with safety equipment meeting or exceeding Transport Canada and Industry Standards and our captains and crew are expertly trained.
If you are participating in a Big Lake Adventure tell your crew if you have high or low blood pressure, heart conditions, epilepsy, broken or fractured bones/dislocations, fragile skin, neurological disorders, diabetes, asthma, prosthetics, panic/anxiety attacks or any recent sprains/muscular injuries.
To maintain our high standards of safety, we ask that there be a one-to-one child-adult ratio for children under 8 (can be supervised by a sibling 15 yrs or older). There is no charge for children 2 years and under but they do count towards our maximum passenger limit, so please inform us if you are bringing an infant so we can adjust our reservations accordingly.
Island visiting is under the direction and care of the Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of our Heritage light-stations. Please be advised that certain restrictions and conditions may apply for the use and exploration of the light station. Supplemental day use fees may be requested. Please click for up to date information on CLLS regulations.
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.