*Wine and Cheese Cruise
Boasting expertly crafted cheeses alongside an assortment of wine and locally brewed beers, the *Wine and Cheese Cruises are amongst our most popular tours.
Enjoy an evening out with that special someone or gather your friends for a leisurely adventure riddled with laughter and stories. Enjoy the beauty of the harbour as you sail by, creating many more memories for years to come.
First time sailing! The captain and first mate were so professional and informative. They made the experience so relaxing yet reassuring. The cheese plate done by cheese encounters was amazing. Too bad the weather was so chilly but we had an amazing time and will be booking again! Great way to celebrate our 26th anniversary!
Shared under the watchful eye of the Sleeping Giant, this unforgettable adventure combines the best of local foods and regional icons.
Alcohol can be purchased from our Liquor Licensed boats by either cash or credit. Alcohol is NOT included in the price of the Wine and Cheese Tour.
Cheeses are selected and catered locally by The Cheese Encounter.
Departure times: 18h00, 20h00
Booking Deadline: Four hours before tour time. For Sunday bookings, reservations must be set by 4pm the Saturday before.
Group of 6: For group bookings, an area of the Catamaran will be reserved- akin to a table reservation at a restaurant. During the tour, you are still free to move about the boat.
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Pricing + HST
Group of 6: $525 ($87.50 per person)
Group of 22-24 : $1920
Group of 2: $178
Private Tour: (Capacity of 6-24; Price comes into effect with 20+ guests) $1920
Amenities & Facilities
- Bicycle storage/parking dockside
- Sanitized Personal Floatation Devices
- Onboard Restroom
- Bilingual Services (by request)
- Dogs (with prior captain consent)
- Personal BlueTooth speaker/music
- 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.
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!
Do you have water to drink?
Yes we do! We have bottled water available onboard.
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!
Activity Level Breakdown
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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.
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.
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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Wine and Cheese Cruise
Ontario Signature Experience
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
2017 Northern Ontario Industry Leader
2020 Northern Ontario Tourism Awards
World Travel & Tourism Council Safe Travels
Lake Superior Magazine, Best of the Lake