Day Tours and Shore Excursions

Sleeping Giant in Pink

1.  Thunder Bay Highlights & Kakabeka Falls - 4 hours

Thunder Bay is the largest city on Lake Superior - protected by a famed "Sleeping Giant".  Hear his story as well as interesting facts and folklore while viewing the waterfront, Terry Fox Memorial Lookout and Hillcrest Park.  Learn of the powers that Ontario's beautiful purple gemstone, Amethyst, holds for the bearer. 
Visitors at Kakabeka Falls

Travel through our countryside to Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. Our ‘Niagara of the North’, plunges 128 feet into the gorge below – walk the boardwalks on both sides of the river and be sure to look for the image of Greenmantle, the beautiful Ojibwa princess in the mist.  Add-ons: Founders Village and Thunder Oak Cheese.

2.  Fort William Historical Park - 3 to 4 hours

FWHP fur storage
Experience the colourfulhistory of Canada’s Fur Trade and Voyageur and Native life.  The largest reconstruction of a fur-trading Fort in North America, Fort William Historical Park is literally a ‘city in the wilderness’ with over 42 meticulously reconstructed buildings. Located on the shore of the Kaministiqua River, it is a superb example of an 1805 commercial fur trading post at a period when the fur trade was very active in Canada.  Add-ons: New observatory, historic craft, voyageur canoe paddle, lunch with fiddlers/toasts. 

3.  Canyon Country – 5 to 6 hours

Photographing Ouimet CanyonTerry Fox was a true Canadian hero - hear the story of his Trans-Canada walk and photograph the larger-than-life statue of Terry.  Then travel east to enjoy an easy wilderness walk at Ouimet Canyon, an unspoiled two mile long natural canyon that cuts into the ancient volcanic rock and where rare arctic alpine plants thrive in the depths of its valley.  At nearby Eagle Canyon Adventures, walk across Canada’s longest suspension footbridges and browse in the gift shop for Amethyst, Ontario’s official gemstone.  Note:  Eagle Canyon also has a zip line for your adventurers.  

4.  Sleeping Giant Park and Silver Islet   - 4 to 6 hours

Silver IsletOne of Ontario’s premier parks, Sleeping Giant Park is known for its wildlife sightings, rare orchids and dramatic Canadian Shield topography.  Tour the visitor centre and watch ‘The Rise and Fall of Silver Islet’, a dramatic tale of Silver Islet, the historic mining village that once boasted ‘the richest silver mine in the world’.  Visit the village and stroll along its boulevard with 100 year old converted miner’s homes. A sampling of homemade cuisine in the charming Tea Room of the General Store can be included in summer. Optional: an interpretive hike along one of many trails. 

5.  Treasures of the Shield – 5 hours

Amethyst RocksCanada’s expansive Canadian Shield is the ancient bedrock of the North American continent.  Learn of its geology and hidden treasures – in particular, the beautiful purple amethyst.  Try your own hand at digging for amethyst – Ontario’s official, beautiful, purple gemstone. Add-on: local regional geologist and/or mining company presentation on current research, regional activity and Canadian companies that extract these precious materials.

6.  Native Culture through Art – 2 to 4 hours

Louise Thomas GalleryThe Woodland style of art originated in Northern Ontario in the 1960’s.  What better place to explore this Ahnisnabae art form than in Thunder Bay.  Learn of the culture and traditions of the Ahnisnabae people at Fort William First Nation, Mt. McKay Scenic Lookout and at Ahnisnabae Art.  Louise Thomas’ gallery is dedicated to the work of her late husband Roy and to emerging Ahnisnabae artists.  Add-on - Try your own hand at making Woodland Art and take home a keepsake! 

7.  Boreal Forest - 3 to 4 hours

Boreal Forest Northern Ontario’s economy is rooted in the renewable natural resources found in our Boreal Forest, consisting of spruces, pines, white birch and aspen. A retired professional forester will guide you through how scientific research has influenced our Boreal forest, management techniques and what the future may hold for the industry. Walk through the ‘spacing trials’ and see up close the differences in growth and quality of the trees based on the research findings.  The tour’s optional last stop is at the forest fire management centre, key to maintaining this important asset.

Slate River Farm8.  Slate River Agra Tour

You’ll be surprised at what local farmers are growing on the Canadian Shield.  Learn about innovative research and management techniques re winter wheat, potatoes and dairy farms. See an award winning Gouda cheese factory as well as a ‘pick your own’ operation and tour the hands-on Pioneer Village for a look back at how it all started. 

Sleeping Giant Cliffs

9.  Thunder Bay Flightseeing 

View landmarks of Thunder Bay and area from the window of a float plane. Your 30 or 40 minute flight on a Beaver or Otter floatplane from Wilderness North includes the harbourfront, Sleeping Giant cliffs, Silver Islet town & mine, Trowbridge Lighthouse, Pie Island. Bring: comfortable shoes, camera.

Fishing Superior10. Lake Superior Charter Fishing 

Fish the world's greatest fresh water lake with an experienced captain from Archie's Charters for the great Chinook salmon, rainbow trout and/or lake trout. The Boat: a Bay Liner equipped with cannon downriggers, planer boards and dipsy divers, lowrance radar, depth finder, GPS mapping, full washroom. Transport Canada approved with all necessary safety equipment. 4 hour charter - min 3 passengers, max 5 per boat.  


Harbour Sailing

11. Harbour Sail – 1.5 hours

Min 2 passengers, maximum 5 passengers.  Get out on the water, sail up close to the lakers and salties, look up at the massive grain elevators. Get a different perspective of Thunder Bay with a 90-minute harbour tour from Sail Superior. Feel the fresh breezes of Lake Superior on your face. BRING: Cap, Windbreaker, Camera, Sunscreen


Black Bay Bridge

12.  Current River Greenway

The world’s most valued commodity is…water.  Waterfalls and green spaces along Ontario's Lake Superior coast are particularly impressive. In Thunder Bay, one can walk or hike the trails within the Current River greenway, along local creeks or on conservation lands; all of which provide opportunities to learn about this precious resource.  Tips on water conservation as well as photographing moving water will be shared. Note: this is a wonderful route for urban hiking. 

Hiking thru arch13.  Superior Hiking

Thunder Bay’s many green spaces and recreational trails make a perfect backdrop for a small group urban hiking adventure.  As do our area park trails, conservation areas and other green spaces which will make for a full day of group or family adventure.

Kayaking Superior

14.  Kayaking

Kayak along an inland waterway or the waters of Superior!  This ‘silent sport’ is not to be missed – the feel of moving quickly yet silently through the Superior landscape is unforgettable.  1/2 day or full day excursions. 

And - here are a few themes we’d love to custom provide just for you!
  • Medicinal Plants of the Boreal Forest
  • Finnish Saunas –bathing in the woods
  • Big Brush Watercolour – fun for the non-creative painter!
  • Fly In Fishing – right from the seaplane base at the waterfront!