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.
Arlene, via TripAdvisor

Tour Highlights

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

Can I Participate as an Individual During Covid?

As provincial/national restrictions continue to change, they will take priority in relation to safety procedures. That said, as long as it’s permitted, individual tickets will still be offered.

We strongly encourage people to book within their ‘bubbles’ but  individuals will be welcomed aboard as well. Masks are not required on deck but are necessary any time you enter the cabin or go below deck.

Can We Bring Our Own Alcohol?

Since our boats are fully liquor licensed, personal alcohol is not allowed. There is a selection of wines, local craft beers, and ciders onboard. Should you desire something specific, simply let our captains know and we’ll do our best to arrange for it to be on the tour (at additional cost). All tours will be outfitted with servers as well as customized plans for cash and open bar services.

Is Catering Included in the Reservation?

All catering and alcoholic beverages are optional add-ons to the reservation price. We have a selection of local ‘boat-friendly’ catering companies who would be happy to help! Self catering is available as well at a cost of $50 including utensils, dinnerware and cleanup.

Is Decorating Included in the Reservation?

No. All of our wedding tour reservations are akin to a venue reservation. We welcome select decorations and have a list of local wedding planners that may be able to help! Contact the captains to discuss visiting the venue and set up a time prior to the tour for decorating the boat.

Is Sailing Experience Needed?

No! We gladly welcome individuals of all skills and backgrounds aboard our instructional adventures. Our knowledgeable captains will help create a hands-on learning environment allowing you to become a comfortable and confident sailor.

* The ‘Monday Night Sail Clinic’ is asked to have the ‘Basic Sail‘ prerequisite or equivalent.

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.

Is the Wine Included?

No. Offering a collection of local craft beers, select wines and ciders, our liquor licensed boats are stocked prior to each tour for your enjoyment!

Is The Zodiac a Rough Ride?

Our skilled captains do their very best to ensure comfort and enjoyment of all onboard. Adjusting speed and course to the ever-changing lake conditions, we look to gather smiles from every guest. Similar to a snowmobile ride, the majority of tours are quiet comfortable to ride on; some have even compared it to flying in an airplane.  If at anytime you become uncomfortable simply let the captain know and they’ll adjust accordingly.

High wind can cause large waves. We will adjust speed and route to minimize the affect but be prepared to encounter possible rough conditions on the Zodiac.

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!

Will I get wet?

With the speed of the zodiac combined with the ever-changing lake conditions, there is always a possibility of getting splashed. With our full-piece mustang floater suits, you’re able to enjoy all the thrills without getting your clothes all wet! On warm days, you’ll be dry before returning to the dock.

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.

What is the best kind of clothing to wear?

When deciding what to wear, know that the lake can change quickly. Most often, the temperature on the water will be 5-10 degrees cooler than shore, and fingers crossed, much windier. We suggest bringing layers and even a light windbreaker/raincoat to help keep you warm. Comfy, easy to walk in shoes will keep you both comfortable and safe when moving around ondeck. There will be a sanitized Canadian certified PFD (personal flotation device) onboard for everyone, should anyone so choose to wear one. Zodiac tours may be fitted with fully body floater suits depending on conditions; again, sanitized to ensure everyone’s safety!

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 I need to wear a mask?

With regulations around mask wearing in constant fluctuation, we ask that guests do what they feel the most comfortable and safe with. In any on-deck setting, guest are not required to wear masks but the crew will remain masked to promote the health and safety of all. When using indoor cabin areas, masks are to be worn by EVERYONE.

Passengers are asked to wear masks on Zodiac adventures given the close proximity of guests.

Where do we park?

Stationed in Port Arthur Marina, our boats are docked just behind Bight restaurant at Pier Three. Head on down the sidewalk and follow the Sail Superior signs to the gate where a crew member will be happy to meet you. When parking, be sure not to pass the ‘boaters only’ barricade; our security is great at what they do! Instead, use any of the free visitors parking just in front of the restaurant or over beside the skatepark. 

If your group has members with reduced mobility, feel free to drop them off at the dock and park back in the free parking area; just let security know as you approach.

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!

What if I’m running late?

Our tours leave on time. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you are running late, and we are at the dock with our lines still attached and can see you “running” we might be able to wait until you arrive….. But if we have left the dock we will not turn back.

If space allows we will welcome you on the next similar trip on the same day, however we can’t guarantee there will be a next trip, and you will lose your ticket and the price you paid if there isn’t a similar trip with space. Please be on time.

We always take passenger substitutions, just notify us that you can’t make the trip but you wish to give your ticket away to “X”.

If you have booked a private tour and happen to be late, we will wait. However, your time on the water will not be extended. Each reservation has a strict ending time to maintain daily tour schedules.

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.

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! 

How early do I need to arrive before our trip?

Arriving 15 minutes early will allow us to prepare an updated passenger list as well as beginning a brief safety talk before getting underway. 

Can I Participate as an Individual During Covid?

As provincial/national restrictions continue to change, they will take priority in relation to safety procedures. That said, as long as it’s permitted, individual tickets will still be offered.

We strongly encourage people to book within their ‘bubbles’ but  individuals will be welcomed aboard as well. Masks are not required on deck but are necessary any time you enter the cabin or go below deck.

Can We Bring Our Own Alcohol?

Since our boats are fully liquor licensed, personal alcohol is not allowed. There is a selection of wines, local craft beers, and ciders onboard. Should you desire something specific, simply let our captains know and we’ll do our best to arrange for it to be on the tour (at additional cost). All tours will be outfitted with servers as well as customized plans for cash and open bar services.

Is Catering Included in the Reservation?

All catering and alcoholic beverages are optional add-ons to the reservation price. We have a selection of local ‘boat-friendly’ catering companies who would be happy to help! Self catering is available as well at a cost of $50 including utensils, dinnerware and cleanup.

Is Decorating Included in the Reservation?

No. All of our wedding tour reservations are akin to a venue reservation. We welcome select decorations and have a list of local wedding planners that may be able to help! Contact the captains to discuss visiting the venue and set up a time prior to the tour for decorating the boat.

Is Sailing Experience Needed?

No! We gladly welcome individuals of all skills and backgrounds aboard our instructional adventures. Our knowledgeable captains will help create a hands-on learning environment allowing you to become a comfortable and confident sailor.

* The ‘Monday Night Sail Clinic’ is asked to have the ‘Basic Sail‘ prerequisite or equivalent.

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.

Is the Wine Included?

No. Offering a collection of local craft beers, select wines and ciders, our liquor licensed boats are stocked prior to each tour for your enjoyment!

Is The Zodiac a Rough Ride?

Our skilled captains do their very best to ensure comfort and enjoyment of all onboard. Adjusting speed and course to the ever-changing lake conditions, we look to gather smiles from every guest. Similar to a snowmobile ride, the majority of tours are quiet comfortable to ride on; some have even compared it to flying in an airplane.  If at anytime you become uncomfortable simply let the captain know and they’ll adjust accordingly.

High wind can cause large waves. We will adjust speed and route to minimize the affect but be prepared to encounter possible rough conditions on the Zodiac.

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!

Will I get wet?

With the speed of the zodiac combined with the ever-changing lake conditions, there is always a possibility of getting splashed. With our full-piece mustang floater suits, you’re able to enjoy all the thrills without getting your clothes all wet! On warm days, you’ll be dry before returning to the dock.

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.

What is the best kind of clothing to wear?

When deciding what to wear, know that the lake can change quickly. Most often, the temperature on the water will be 5-10 degrees cooler than shore, and fingers crossed, much windier. We suggest bringing layers and even a light windbreaker/raincoat to help keep you warm. Comfy, easy to walk in shoes will keep you both comfortable and safe when moving around ondeck. There will be a sanitized Canadian certified PFD (personal flotation device) onboard for everyone, should anyone so choose to wear one. Zodiac tours may be fitted with fully body floater suits depending on conditions; again, sanitized to ensure everyone’s safety!

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 I need to wear a mask?

With regulations around mask wearing in constant fluctuation, we ask that guests do what they feel the most comfortable and safe with. In any on-deck setting, guest are not required to wear masks but the crew will remain masked to promote the health and safety of all. When using indoor cabin areas, masks are to be worn by EVERYONE.

Passengers are asked to wear masks on Zodiac adventures given the close proximity of guests.

Where do we park?

Stationed in Port Arthur Marina, our boats are docked just behind Bight restaurant at Pier Three. Head on down the sidewalk and follow the Sail Superior signs to the gate where a crew member will be happy to meet you. When parking, be sure not to pass the ‘boaters only’ barricade; our security is great at what they do! Instead, use any of the free visitors parking just in front of the restaurant or over beside the skatepark. 

If your group has members with reduced mobility, feel free to drop them off at the dock and park back in the free parking area; just let security know as you approach.

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!

What if I’m running late?

Our tours leave on time. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you are running late, and we are at the dock with our lines still attached and can see you “running” we might be able to wait until you arrive….. But if we have left the dock we will not turn back.

If space allows we will welcome you on the next similar trip on the same day, however we can’t guarantee there will be a next trip, and you will lose your ticket and the price you paid if there isn’t a similar trip with space. Please be on time.

We always take passenger substitutions, just notify us that you can’t make the trip but you wish to give your ticket away to “X”.

If you have booked a private tour and happen to be late, we will wait. However, your time on the water will not be extended. Each reservation has a strict ending time to maintain daily tour schedules.

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.

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! 

How early do I need to arrive before our trip?

Arriving 15 minutes early will allow us to prepare an updated passenger list as well as beginning a brief safety talk before getting underway. 

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See our complete Booking and Refund Policy.

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