Sail Superior is an adventure company using sailing vessels for your experience. We offer a range of sailing excursions on the world's largest fresh water lake, Lake Superior. Departures are from Pier 3 located at Thunder Bay's new waterfront development at Prince Arthur's Landing.
A variety of adventures are available. Get out on the water, sail up close to the lakers and salties, look up at the massive grain elevators, pass by Thunder Bay Main lighthouse, wonder at the massive break wall with a 90 minute harbour tour. Or take a 3.5 hour private group tour a little further out into the Bay to the the picturesque Welcome islands featuring high cliffs, sheltered anchorages and winged wildlife.
For those of you wanting a true sailing and big lake adventure you might want to take one of the following custom designed excursions:
> Isle Royale National Park in U.S.A. - 3 day minimum eco tour. Follow the trails to the interpretative centres, lighthouses, historical fishing posts, and abandoned copper mines. Keep an eye out for the moose and wolves. Bring your rod and catch yourself breakfast.
> The Sleeping Giant - overnight stay and morning hike up the Giant - 1200ft above the lake level. A view straight across the bay to the City.
> Thompson Island Provincial Park - for a traditional Finnish Sauna and jump in the Lake - Follow up with a hike and an evening campfire.
> A 7 day Cruise and Learn educational holiday. Get certified to sail your own vessel! Take in the best of the lake on a easy going 7 day learning trip. Thunder Bay to Red Rock or around Isle Royale.
Sail Superior also offers bareboat rental options for those with experience sailing and want to explore Superior, the biggest of the Great Lakes, on their own.
About the Vessel
Sail Superior has three sail boats in its fleet for a best on the water experience.
"Frodo" our flagship - she sailed us across the North Atlantic, started in Thunder Bay stopped in Ibiza, Spain - then we sailed back home - 8 months of sailing. 40 ft long with sleeping accommodations for 6 plus the captain. Built in Finland by Jonmeri
"Journeyer" our harbour tour boat - 38ft double masted ketch, retrofitted with an electric engine, its so quiet. Built in California by Downeaster
"The red one" - just for the fun of it - a Cal 20 used by the students to play on - or for daysail rentals around the harbour.
The Harbour Tour vessel can accommodate up to 12 passengers.
The Island Excursion trip can accommodate a group of 8-10. 20 if we use both boats
The Big Lake Adventure sail is limited to six to allow for overnight sleeping provisions.
The Cal 20 is best with 2-4 for an afternoon of fiddling about.
Seasons Open and Departure
May 15 to October 15
Length of Tour
Harbour Tours - 90 minutes; Island Cruises - 3.5- 12 Hours. Overnight Big Lake Adventures - from 1 - 7 days
Costs and Fees
$CDN: Harbour Tour - $49/person; Island Cruises - $395, $895 to $1295; Big Lake Adventures - $1295, $1895 to $2495
Appropriate Age Groups
Harbour tours capacity 12 - Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult (1:1 ratio) Big Lake Adventures capacity max 6 - not suitable for children under 8
How to Find the Departure Point
We are located in Marina Park, Pier 3 in the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario
-If travelling in from the East on Highway 11/17, exit left on Red River Rd. and drive until you reach Water Street (Lake Superior will become visible in front of you after the 4th traffic light from the highway from the top of the hill – keep going until you can’t go further without jumping the train tracks and ending up in the Lake. (You can actually see us straight ahead along the dock) Turn right and then the first left into Marina Park, Find Pier 3, near the water park splash pad and the BMX bike and skate board park we are right there. Follow the park signage. (From highway 11/17 you will travel through 10 sets of traffic lights.)
-If travelling from the West on Highway 102, cross over Highway 11/17 and you are on Red River Rd. Drive until you reach Water Street. Superior will become visible after the 4th traffic light and you can’t go further without jumping the train tracks and ending up in the Lake. (You can actually see us straight ahead along the dock) Turn right onto Water St. and then take the first left at the lights into Marina Park, Pier 3, near the water park splash pad and the BMX bike and skate board park we are right there. Follow the park signage. (After Highway 11/17 you will travel through 10 sets of traffic lights.)
-If travelling from the West on Highway 11/17, at the first set of lights Highway 11/17 turns left, Highway 61 is a right turn going straight puts you on the Harbour Expressway. Take it, go straight. Continue on this road through five traffic lights, at the fifth, turn left onto Fort William Rd. Continue easterly with the lake to your right until you see Marina Park, fourth light opposite the fire station, turn right and find the Pier 3 near the water park splash pad and the BMX bike and skate board park, we are right there. Follow the park signage.
-If travelling from the South on Highway 61, take the right off ramp on to Harbour Expressway. Continue on this road through five traffic lights, at the fifth, turn left onto Fort William Rd. Continue easterly with the lake to your right until you see Marina Park, fourth light opposite the fire station, turn right and find Pier 3 near the water park splash pad and BMX bike and skate board park, we are right there. Follow the park signage.
There is plenty of free parking right next to the boat, and two handicap parking spots within 10m/35ft of our facilities.
Sailing was the first eco friendly mode of water transport (that didn't involve a lot of manual rowing). We continue with that tradition - using the wind for all our tours. We do have a back up engine for when the wind is too light to sail. In 2012 we converted our harbour tour boat from Diesel to electric. Our big lake adventure boat still has a Diesel, but we can probably go the full season with only one tank refill. We just love to sail.
All of our tours and excursions are 100% non Smoking.
Locally or Family-Owned Business
Sail Superior is a locally owned and operated business. Captain Gregory Heroux and his family have been sailors here for over 40 years. Gregory Stared Sail Superior in 2001 with his father. His daughters have been around sailboat their entire life and are now certified captains with the summer tours.
Both vessels have accommodated light wheel chairs. They are manually lifted on to the deck and then secured in place. Special arrangements must be made in advance.
Pet Friendly Notes
No accommodations can be made for pets.