Writers Day Trip - Jean E. Pendziwol - Sail Superior

Porphyry Writers Day Trip

with Jean E. Pendziwol

Thursday, July 18
Sunday, July 21

$199 + HST


Join the international award-winning author of The Lightkeeper’s Daughters for a facilitated day trip on Porphyry Island.  Experience Lake Superior, see the historic Porphyry Island and listen as the author herself reads select passages from The Lightkeeper’s Daughters while on location at Porphyry Island

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.

Your Instuctor

Jean E. Pendziwol

Bestselling Author

Jean E. Pendziwol is the author of eleven books including the Canadian bestseller The Lightkeeper’s Daughters. Shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown and selected by the BBC Radio2 Book Club, Jean’s debut novel, set on Porphyry Island, is available in 13 languages and 19 countries around the world. She was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the TD Children’s Award Book of the Year for Once Upon a Northern Night (Illus Martine Gourbault)Her first children’s book No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and dragons) is an all-time bestseller for publisher Kids Can Press and was selected to be part of the McDonald’s Canada Happy Meal Literacy Program. She lives in Thunder Bay.

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 - The Lightkeeper's Daughters reading with Jean
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:30 PM Hike back to the boat
  • 3:00 PM Arrive back in Thunder Bay

Trip Specific

  • pencils, pens, notebooks
  • laptop and charging cables, supplementary charger (power for charging will be limited throughout the day)
  • camera, sketchbook, guidebooks (birds, flowers) if interested
  • book to read


  • 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.

And A Great Attitude!