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Lake Superior - Thompson Island

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Lake Superior Adventures

  • Locations

    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

  • Activities

    Boat Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $1395 USD per trip
  • Duration

    1 day

  • Avg Distance

    40 Nautical miles

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)


  • Starting Location

    Thunder Bay, Ontario Prince Arthurs Landing Marina Pier 3

  • Price Includes

    Sailboat and diesel fuel, full cooking amenities, exterior gas BBQ, interior gas oven and three burner stove. Onboard overnight accommodations for 5 persons. Two in a double berth in the bow cabin, two singles in salon area - or a double and single in salon area. Under sheets and pillows and towels are supplied - guests are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag. Also included is ample cut firewood for the island sauna and campfire. Trip price is total for up to 5 guests. All taxes included.

  • Notes

    Provisions not included in the trip unless requested. When provisioning for yourself we suggest you call to inquire about the boats amenities. Remember to bring enough to feed your guide/captain.


  • We begin by sailing out past the Thunder Bay harbour where you will view the massive grain elevators the historical life blood of the port, the man made seawall that protects the port from the ravages of the Big Lake, into the open waters of the Bay of Thunder Bay. Sails raised, experience using the wind to gently propel you along, a feeling you won't soon forget. Calm and relaxing, quiet yet invigorating. Its hard to describe.
  • To the east across the bay 16 miles away is the natural land formation of the Sleeping Giant. Watch as it transforms from the Sleeping Giant tot he Sleeping Giantess. We continue heading south along the coast, passing between Pie Island and the mainland. Here will be the first opportunity to see out across the lake to Isle Royale - some 30 miles in the distance. Perhaps we will also be met with some rougher waters as the protection of the inner bay starts to open up to legend of Superior.
  • After about 3-5 hours we should be arriving at Thompson Island. Its easy to see why it is such a popular destination. A beautiful dock safely tucked into an all weather harbour, complete with a traditional Finnish wood sauna. An experience not to be missed - heat up - jump in Superior to cool off - repeat... Combine the days sailing with the evening sauna and we guarantee you will sleep like a baby, though not before a scrumptious BBQ meal, maybe even fresh fish that you caught earlier in the day.
  • The night sky. Far from the city's lights you will see the milky way, shooting stars, manmade satellites, and if the conditions are right the northern lights.
  • The trails on Thompson Island lead up and around to lookouts - you can see clear across to Isle Royale, or out to where the lake meets the horizon, too big to see the other side. There are stone beaches, rocky shorelines, cliffs and native american Pukaskwa pits to discover.


Trip Info

Trip price is total for up to 5 guests. Includes all taxes.

What is it about Lake Superior that has captured the imaginations of explorers since the 1600s?

On this excursion you will find the answer. Beautiful clear cool waters, wild boreal forests, moss covered trails, mesas rising 1000 ft above the lake level. The Canadian shield rock, visible along the shorelines. Add to that the tranquility of being miles from the nearest city on a quiet sailboat and your have the recipe to relax and explore.

Your adventure awaits!

Lake Superior Adventures

In business since 2001, Big Lake Adventures offers Thunder Bay Harbour sailing tours, Big Lake Adventures, and Cruise & Learn holidays on Lake Superior's North Shore, Isle Royale and the NMCA. ISPA certified sailing instruction. Awarded "Best on the water experience" by Lake Superior Magazine 2013. We'll share with you our love of adventure with the world's most exciting fresh water sailing on the world's biggest lake. Our Sailing Season is May 15th to October 15th.

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