Trans Superior: Thunder Bay - Silver Islet
The first day of the journey, we cruise across the bay stopping at the Welcome islands on our way to Spar Island to hike to the Top of the World lookout. After a brief stop it's onwards to the Jurassic looking Pie island with cliff faces coming straight down to the water. Continuing on, we travel in the shadow of Pie Island towards the Sleeping Giant. We will pass two lighthouses Angus and Trowbridge on the way to the eerie underwater mine shafts of Silver Islet, the once richest silver mine in the world. Keep a watchful eye out for the famous Sea Lion, its sighting brings with it the imminent landing at Silver Islet and the newly restored General Store.
Departure: 09h00-09h30 July 10, 2022
Marina Park Pier 3 Slip 12-13
Duration: 1 day, 50 Nm (90 km)
START: Thunder Bay. END: Thunder Bay
Snacks and drinks on the hike up Spar Island, full meal at Silver Islet General Store
Capacity: Maximum 8 Persons
All weather PFD, ( Mustang Floater Suit) and goggles included.
Price: $795 + HST
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. Trail hiking at Spar Island varies from easy to moderate depending on the trail.
I have endless gratitude for Leanne as she kept us safe, taught us more than I thought possible on a 7 day journey and most of all, we had a blast. Since we can't have Leanne on the boat with us now, in any situation I will refer back to the sticker I mounted in the cockpit 'WWLD' (What Would Leanne Do?). If you're looking to learn how to sail or have a proper adventure, Sail Superior will not disappoint.
Showcasing the highlights from Thunder Bay to Silver Islet, but dipping all the way south to Spar channel, this segment of the Safari brings you closer to the lake than ever before. Up close and personal with treasures along the coast, enjoy the adventure around every bend.
- Norwester Mountain Range
- Welcome Islands
- Spar Island
- Pie Island
- Sleeping Giant
- Trowbridge Lighthouse
- Sea Lion Rock Formation
- Silver Islet Underwater Mine
- Silver Islet General Store
- With hiking at Spar Island and Silver Islet, both adventures are classified as a 'light' to "moderate" activity level breakdown.
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Departure Thunder Bay: 08h00-08h30
Return to Thunder Bay: 20h00 -21h00
Minimum 8 persons.
Availability: Each section of the tour runs as long as the minimum occupancy requirements are met.
Walk-on bookings: Due to the nature of this tour, prior booking is required.
Download the waiver for all on-shore adventures and bring it with you on tour day.
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Individual: $795 + HST
Amenities & Facilities
- Bicycle storage/parking
- Swimming (at anchor with direct captain consent)
- Sanitized Personal Floatation Devices
- Bilingual Services (by request)
- Swimming (with captain consent, on select tours)
- 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)
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.
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 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 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.
Activity Level Breakdown
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