Full Day Sailing Adventure

Setting sail like true explorers, these day long trips can take you beyond the tip of Pie Island, to either Thompson Island or the hidden bay of Spar Island.

Embarking on this journey with the intent to hike to the ‘Top of the World’, the mystical wonders of Spar take you beyond the harbour to overlook the vast expanse of this Great Lake.

Thompson offers a more leisurely experience with a traditional Finnish sauna nestled amongst the pines. Whether it be from the heights of Spar or the treasures of Thompson, the full day cruises are sure to leave you with cherished memories and a growing inclination towards exploration.

Thompson has a dock for disembarking from the vessel, Sleeping Giant, Spar and Caribou require transfer by our motorized tender to get to shore.

  • 09h00 Departure: Pier 3 Marina Park
  • Duration: 10.5 hrs
  • Monhull Sailboats
    Capacity: Maximum 6 Persons
  • Spar (Moderate)
    Sleeping Giant (Difficult)
    Thompson Island Tour (Light)

What a great experience! From calling to ask about our options to showing up and being greeted with a smile, to the breathtaking tour and information that our captain told us about the area! It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Leanne was our captain and a fun and talented sailor. I would recommend this company to everyone.
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Tour Highlights

Thompson Island
  • Travel Time One Way: 3-3.5 hours
  • Time on the Island: 2.5-3 hours 
  • Total Tour Duration: 10.5 hours 

Promising an afternoon of relaxation and retreat, the crystal waters of Thompson lay before you with only a short ride from Thunder Bay. Cruising around the tip of Pie Island, past the resident lighthouse and alongside Flatland Island, look to the waters of Dawson’s Bay as you approach the old mine shafts at South McKellar Island. Thinking on stories of years past, ride the waves of imagination straight to the protected waters of Thompson Island Cove. Greeted by the surrounding boardwalk and charms of a traditional woodburning sauna, climb ashore the islet with a renewed sense of wonder. Delivering utter bliss and relaxation, as well as adventure and exploration, climb to the lookout overseeing the cove or follow the cobbled path to a south-facing pebbled beach. With invitations of a fireside lunch and lakefront sunbathing, this quaint retreat is truly a treasured secret.  

Spar Island
  • Travel Time One Way: 3-3.5 hours
  • Time on the Island: 2.5-3 hours 
  • Total Tour Duration: 10.5 hours 

Southward past the Welcomes, Pie and Thompson Island, revel in the company of the many small islands residing along the coast just south of the Thunder Bay Harbour. Cruising past the distinguishable cliffs of Mink, become acquainted with the Sister Islands as you approach the wonders of Spar. Finding harbour on the pebbled shores of a hidden bay, arrive to a welcome of lush green moss and towering forests. With ‘The Top of the World’ lookout in your sights, embark up the wooded trail to the melody of songbirds. Surrounded by the earthy aroma of forest life, get back to your roots as you let the gentle winding of the trail lure your mind into a trance of wonder and freedom. Upon reaching the rocky outcrop overlooking the world, marvel in a state of amazement at the beauties Superior has to offer.  

Sleeping Giant: Sawyers Bay
  • Travel Time One Way: 2.5-3 hours
  • Time on the Island: 3-4 hours 
  • Total Tour Duration: 10.5 hours 

Heading out past the refuge of the Welcome Islands, fall into the legends of Pie Island as you cruise along under the watchful eye of the ‘Peeping Maiden’. Often accompanied by eagles overhead, watch for migratory nesting sites as you approach Hare Island. Rounding the head of the Giant approaching your destination, Sawyers bay opens up to calm waters lapping a curved, pebble beach. Delivering opportunities for not one but two breathtaking hikes, choose from the apex heights of the ‘Head Trail’ or the awe-inspiring outlook delivered by the ‘Nanabosho Lookout Trail’. Two point eight and one point six kilometres respectively, both deliver about a two hour hiking adventure riddled with outspoken views and abundant nature. Returning back to the Rocket, you may want to  chill  with a dip into the refreshing embrace of Superior’s waters, enjoy a well deserved lunch along the shore with the sun on your face and friends by your side. Discover a new perspective of the ever famous Sleeping Giant. Looking back on the city from atop his soaring heights, Thunder Bay holds a slightly different profile than the one we’re all used to.

Capacity and
Departure Times

  • Departure times: 09h00

  • Maximum 6 persons. 

  • Only one destination per tour. 

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Monhull Sailboats

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Pricing (all rates are subject to additional taxes)

  • 6 maximum

  • Private Boat: $1495

  • S.V. Frodo Monohull

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Amenities & Facilities

PROHIBITED: Smoking, e-cigarettes, vaping
PROHIBITED: Cannabis use
PROHIBITED: bring your own alcohol
PROHIBITED: high-heeled shoes
PROHIBITED: high-heeled shoes
AVAILABLE: onboard washroom
AVAILABLE: Bilingual
AVAILABLE: All weather (rain or shine)
AVAILABLE: PFDs provided
AVAILABLE: Bicycle storage / parking
ALLOWED: Swimming
ALLOWED: Children
ALLOWED: Pets (dogs allowed with captain's consent)
  • Bicycle storage/parking dockside
  • Swimming 
  • Sanitized Personal Floatation Devices
  • Bilingual Services (by request)
  • Licensed vessel with select onboard drinks available for purchase.
  • Catering available or bring your own provisions.
  • Children
  • Personal speaker/music
  • Decorations
  • Dogs
  • Smoking of any kind
  • Vaping/ e-cigarettes 
  • Cannabis use 
  • Bringing your own alcohol
  • Pets (they’re allowed on zodiac tours by request only and on private ½ hike tours)
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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 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! 

Booking Terms and Conditions

See our complete Booking and Refund Policy.

Activity Level Breakdown

Light

Characterized by travel mostly on hard-packed dirt trails or build boardwalks, these tours focus on elements of relaxation and leisure.  

Moderate

Incorporating elements of leisure and physical challenge, this activity level breakdown requires slightly above average physicality. Delivering intermittent challenge and welcomed retreat, these tours combine the best of both. 

Difficult

Delivering a challenge, this categorization is equivalent to a black diamond rating. Incorporating steep switch backs and significant variations in elevation, these hikes require advanced physical fitness. 

Very Difficult

For those adventurers seeking more of a challenge, these such tours demand extensive dedication and physical exertion. Leading to breathtaking views and soaring heights, the unforgiving terrain and winding trails confront even the most avid hikers. 

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