Full Day Catamaran Tours
Setting sail like true explorers, choose a day long trip that takes you beyond the Thunder Bay harbour to explore Lake Superior's gems. Choose from:
- Sleeping Giant Sawyers Bay - hike the giant, shoreside fire, swimming.
- Spar Island- top of the world lookout trail, swimming.
Duration: 9.5 hrs
Capacity: Maximum 16 Persons
This is an absolute MUST for anyone visiting Thunder Bay. In addition to offering unique views of Thunder Bay from the water, these tours, and their amazing professional and knowledgeable staff, gave us the unique one-of-a-kind Lake Superior experience we were looking for. I can't emphasize enough how special these tours made our weekend
Choose Spar Island?
- Travel Time: 3-3.5 hours each way
- Time on the Island: 1.5-2 hours
- Total Tour Duration: 9.5 hours
Hike to the ‘Top of the World’, lookout and experience the mystical wonders of Spar Island. The views take you beyond Pie Island, out past the Giant to Isle Royale and the vast expanse of Lake Superior. If time permits an anchor stop at the bird filled Islands or the Welcomes is recommended.
Choose The Giant?
- Travel Time: 2 - 2.5 hours each way
- Time on the Island: 3-4 hours
- Total Tour Duration: 9.5 hours
Climb to the top for a (hard to very hard) hike then bask in the view that's reward enough. Clime The Nanabijou Lookout ( moderate to hard). Walk the boreal forest lakeside trail ( easy to Moderate) Conclude the hike with a dip in the Lake and relax along the shore, perhaps enjoying a fireside lunch.
Catering: A compliment to any journey, choose from our selection of local catering add-ons for any of our extended tours. The vessel is licensed and a variety of alcoholic beverages can be purchased aboard. BYOB is prohibited.
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Sightseeing: With such diverse locations, each journey provides abundant sightseeing opportunities. Let our knowledgeable staff point out the most notable regions and field any questions that may arise.
- Sawyers Bay:
Giant's head -Very difficult
Nanabijou lookout - Difficult
- Spar Island: Moderate
- Sawyers Bay:
Departure times: 08h00
Duration: Day tours return at 17h30
Maximum 16 persons.
Destination: Specific tour destination availability is subject to weather conditions at the time of departure. Discus your favoured destination with the captain. For example heavy winds coming directly from the Giant may make the trip "upwind" very tough, the captain may recommend choosing Spar Island instead.
Walk-on, last minute bookings: The nature of these tours requires advanced group booking.
Ready to Book?
Pricing (all rates subject to HST taxes)
Private booking up to 16 persons, add a pet if you want: $5695 +HST and crew service charge 5%
Indicate your desired destination the booking notes and we will confirm on departure day after consultation with you and the weather.
Amenities & Facilities
- Bicycle storage dockside
- Swimming at anchor
- Sanitized Personal Floatation Devices
- Onboard Restroom
- Bilingual Services (by request)
- Dogs (on private tours with Captain consent)
- Personal speaker
- Smoking of any kind
- Vaping/ e-cigarettes
- Cannabis use
- Bringing your own alcohol
Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Age Restrictions?
Sailing charters are an adventure for all; from the young to the young at heart. For anyone under 2 years of age we ask that you bring a PFD (personal flotation device) along and know that they’ll be seated with you for the duration of the tour. If you don’t have one, we will supply one upon arrival. Anyone 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult and will be supplied with a sanitized PFD upon arrival.
With private Zodiac tours, similar rules apply. Everyone is welcome with special considerations taken by the crew to maintain a safe, comfortable and exciting environment. Those under 2 will be asked to come with a properly fitted PFD while the rest of the group will be supplied with one upon arrival. The route and intensity of the ride will remain at the Captain’s discretion to ensure safety for all.
On mixed or non private Zodiac tours we do limit the age and size of children, and may even recommend some adults take a pass. This is because the ride is advertised as a thrill speed ride and we will be heading out into the lake to meet any conditions that arise. Customers are expecting this and we cannot safety take small children into these conditions.
*Zodiac trips may not be suitable for pregnant women or those with serious neck or back pain. Let us know at the time of booking and we’ll help you find the perfect tour to experience this great lake! Trips up the Kaministiqua river are generally very relaxed and can be enjoyed by everyone.
What Happens If It Rains?
Part of the wonder of the Lake is its ever changing conditions; the weather is no exception. Unless there is substantial thunder and lightning just prior to the tour and a ‘Small Craft Advisory’ issued by Environment Canada, everything will remain as scheduled. Be sure to monitor the weather prior to the tour and bring appropriate attire to stay as comfortable as possible. Our captains have the final say and will reach out to you in the case of a postponed tour.
If it starts to rain mid tour, we have covered spaces to shelter you, come in and let the captain and crew brave the weather. Some of the best photographs and images are when the weather puts on a show.
Can I Smoke and/or Participate in Recreational Drugs on Tour?
To maintain the safety and awareness of everyone onboard, no smoking/vaping or recreational drug use of any kind is permitted when on the vessels, or on any of the adjacent docks or waiting areas. Failure to follow this rule will cause the immediate end of your tour and return to the dock. Any fares will be forfeit.
Can I Bring My Own Food?
Absolutely! Small snack are welcome and self catering options are available at a rate of $50 including utensils, dish-ware and clean up.
Can I wear sunglasses and/or a hat?
You most certainly can! On very windy days we suggest that you tuck hats into a backpack or bag because there is always risk of them flying away. On Zodiac tours, we recommend that they be worn backwards or tucked into a bag. Sunglasses are best worn securely on your face or around your neck with a lanyard. All personal items are worn at your own risk!
Do I need to bring my own lifejacket or PFD?
For any passengers two years of age and younger, we ask that they come prepared with their own personal floatation device to ensure proper fit and utmost safety. We do have PFDs for tiny guests and if you do not have one please don’t rush out and get one, use ours. But if you do have your own we have learned the youngsters really seem more at ease with their own. For all other passengers, Sail Superior has a range of PFDs as well as a Transport Canada certified life jackets for every persons onboard.
*Children 10 and under are required to wear a PFD at all times while onboard.
Can I go fishing?
Fishing is allowed if you have the required license and the tour is a private tour where you have booked the entire boat. This way we can go at the best speed, for your type of tackle. Once you have landed the prize, even help you BBQ. Please bring everything you need to fish, including a cooler to take your fish home.
Can I go swimming?
On select tours, of course! After a tough hike there’s nothing better than walking into the refreshing embrace of Lake Superior. Swimming off the boat is ONLY permitted with DIRECT CAPTAIN CONSENT. Be sure to ask your captain about swimming prior to leaving the dock and wait for the go-ahead before hopping in. Jumping in before getting permission creates a dangerous situation for all and results in the immediate termination of the tour, calling of emergency services and prompt return to the dock. No refunds will be issued.
Is there cellular phone coverage on excursions?
With our tours exploring such a wide area of the Superior wilderness, there may be moments without cellular phone service; that’s part of the experience! For safety reasons our crew will always have communication with shore as well as the vessel when on hiking adventures. Whether it be by phone or VHF radio, we will have constant access to communication.
Do you have water to drink?
Yes we do! We have bottled water available onboard.
Do you have washrooms on board?
Each vessel has limited onboard restroom capacity. Similar to an airplane facility, we ask that nothing be flushed but the provided toilet paper. Slightly different than the common flush toilets, just ask the crew if you have any questions, believe us, you won’t be the first!
The Zodiac has no onboard restroom.
Do people get sea sick?
Being on the water affects everyone a little differently. The captains will do their best to adjust speed course so to deliver the most comfortable experience for everyone. Should someone begin to feel a little queasy just let us know and come join us at the helm; being at the wheel is the best spot to steady yourself!
Are Pets Allowed?
On private tours, we’d gladly welcome any four-legged canine companions. The safety of passengers and crew are of utmost importance so we just ask that the captains be notified and the furry friends be suitable for water travel. If it’s something new, perhaps a visit before the tour will help introduce them to the boats. For everyone’s safety, owners and pets will also be placed together throughout the tour. On catamaran tours pets must remain outside on deck with you and we will have a nice spot and a place to attach a leash. Remember that the pets are subject to the same conditions we are so sunscreen and/or lifejackets are never a bad idea! Please see our in depth booking policy regarding pets.
There is a small $5 fee for each pet traveling on-board with the exception of registered guide and hearing dogs, which are carried free of charge. The $5 is to reserve a spot for your pet and equip the boats with basic pet cleanup equipment. Proceeds will go to a local animal shelter/charity.
Can I Bring My Own Alcohol?
No, our vessels are licensed and it is prohibited by law to bring your own alcohol. We provide a wide range of alcoholic beverages for purchase by cash or credit onboard. From local beers and coolers to a selection of wines, there’s sure to be something for everyone’s taste. Unfortunately our vessels are not allowed to have a BYOB and corkage program. If you have a special request for a particular occasion let us know as soon as possible and we’ll do our best to meet that request!
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