Writers Day Trip - Elle Andre-Warner - Sail Superior

Porphyry Island Writers Day Trip

with Elle Andra-Warner

Thursday, July 4 




 Sunday, July 7

$199 + HST

Looking for inspiration? Want to improve your writing skills? Join professional author, journalist, and columnist Elle Andra-Warner for a one day experience at the Porphyry Island Lighthouse on Lake Superior.


The century-old lighthouse and natural beauty of the boreal forest will act as inspiration for your work. Take a break from life and enjoy your time in a place where the only distractions are the sounds of the waves on the rocks and the birds in the sky. Work with an experienced instructor and a group of like-minded people to take your writing skills to the next level.

Included in this tour

Join us for an exciting ride to Porphyry Island in the Superior Rocket. With 500 horsepower, the Superior Rocket can reach speeds of 80 km/h in open waters. This breathtaking trip really showcases the power and wonder of Lake Superior.

See bio and retreat schedule for more details on session topics

Your Instuctor

Elle Andra-Warner

Writer, Author, Photographer

Born in castle in Europe. Spoke two languages by age five. Lived in three countries by age six. Now based in Thunder Bay, Elle Andra-Warner is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and author of Canadian best-selling non-fiction books, including Edmund Fitzgerald: The Legendary Great Lakes Shipwreck;  David Thompson: A Life of Adventure and Discovery; and Hudson’s Bay Company Adventures. Her latest book is James Macleod: The Red Coats First True Leader (Heritage House Publishing, 2019) and she has an upcoming book on Lake Superior lighthouses of Ontario, Minnesota and Isle Royale.


A professional writer for more than 25 years, her feature articles about travel, history, people, mining, arts and culture have appeared around the world, published by National Geographic, Northern Wilds, Toronto Star, Lake Superior Magazine, Up Here, Singapore Airlines Silver Kris, Westjet Airlines, Thunder Bay Seniors, Above & Beyond, Connecting Horizons, to name a few.  Her corporate writing includes projects with Diavik Diamond Mines, Northwest Territories Tourism, Ontario Tourism, Confederation College and City of Thunder Bay. Elle has also facilitated workshops on writing, including travel journalism, freelance writing and non-fiction, both nationally and regionally.     


Estonian by heritage, her first few years were spent with her parents in a post-war United Nations Displaced Persons Camp for Estonians in West Germany, before moving to England and then on to Canada with her parents. Since then, Thunder Bay has been her primary residence, with short stints residing in Yellowknife and northern Alberta.

A political studies graduate of Lakehead University, Elle is a National Director on Access Copyright Foundation; a founding director on board of the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society; former board director of Thunder Bay Museum and co-editor of their Papers & Records, as well as past president, executive and director of national, provincial and regional organizations.  Elle is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, Professional Writers Association of Canada, Canadian Media Guild, Creative Non-Fiction Collective and Superior Scribes.  She is currently working on two non-fiction books, in addition to writing features and regular columns for publications.

Loose Schedule

  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM Meet at the Marina
  • 10:30 AM Arrive on Porphyry and hike across the island to the lighthouse
  • 11:00 - 12:00 PM Workshop with Elle
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:30 PM Hike back to the boat
  • 3:00 PM Arrive back in Thunder Bay

Trip Specific

  • More info coming soon


  • Layered clothing – Lake Superior can be cold even in July.
  • Warm mid-layer jacket and a windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Socks, underwear, shirts, pants, shorts, etc. (not too many)
  • Rain gear - jacket, pants, hat.
  • Good hiking boot/shoe
  • Sun hat with tie for the boat trip and wind
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray and motion sickness meds if you are prone
  • NOTE: Limited power is available on the island
  • NOTE: WiFi is available in the lightkeepers house although in a limited capacity


  • Sail Superior will provide all passengers with floater suits and goggles for the trips to and from the island

NOTE: There is not a ton of space for luggage on our zodiac boat. Try to only bring a mid-size bag or suitcase in addition to your backpack or roller bag.