½ Day Itineraries
Thunder Bay Highlights – 3 hours
Tour the largest city on Lake Superior - an important port city watched over and protected by the famed "Sleeping Giant". Hear his story and see Terry Fox Memorial Lookout, Hillcrest Park, the waterfront, the International Friendship Gardens and an Amethyst Factory where everyone learns of the powers that Ontario's beautiful purple gemstone, Amethyst, holds for the bearer
Foundations of our History – 3 hours
Fort William Historical Park is the world’s largest reconstructed fur trade post and one of Ontario’s premier outdoor tourist attractions. With over 40 meticulously reconstructed buildings, it tells an important part of our story – the development of the area’s first global business – the fur trade. Be a part of the Voyageur re-enactment of the fur trade rendezvous where goods from Montreal and furs from the wilderness traded hands at this historical park. Learn about the many traditions of the Ojibwa people who were instrumental in the makings of the North West Fur Trade Company and the development of Canada.
Country Road to Kakabeka – 3 to 4 hours
Kakabeka Falls is our ‘Niagara of the North’, falling 128 feet (39 metres) over the Canadian Shield. It is very special and the country route to the falls, via Highway 61 and through the Slate River Valley will take you to the hands-on Founders Museum, past the sod farm where the hockey Stal brothers grew up, Thunder Oak Cheese where you can taste and buy, and past dairy and market garden acreages - some of which are the greenest, richest lands in the area.
Civic Gems – 3 hours
Visit Thunder Bay Museum for a real glimpse into the origins of Thunder Bay. It houses a wonderful display about Silver Islet, once the richest silver mine in the world and many more local stories in its three floors of exhibits. Around the corner, one can tour and browse through unique local shops including the Amethyst Factory, including a look in the ‘back room’ where the diamond saws and polishers show off their work. This revitalized Victoria ‘civic’ district also boasts marvelous new architecture in our Thunder Bay City Hall, new regional court house and district services centre.
Quiet Hero – 3 hours
Terry Fox was a true Canadian hero - learn his story and photograph his true-to-life memorial at the spectacular lookout overlooking our northern waterfront. You will be in awe of the strength of one so young and his ‘Marathon of Hope’. Nearby, drive or hike through the Current River Greenway extending from Fisherman’s Park on Lake Superior through to Boulevard Lake, Centennial Park and Trowbridge campground in our Boreal Forest. Throughout the Greenway 50 km of public trails are part of the Thunder Bay Recreational Trails and the Trans Canada Trail system.
1 Day Itineraries
Thunder Bay Discovery - 6 to 7 hours
Combine the Thunder Bay Highlights tour with Fort William Historical Park and a visit to Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. Choose a Loonie lunch on own or an included Voyageur luncheon at Fort William to enjoy mid-day.
Begin the day with a Finnish pancake breakfast at the ‘Hoito’ restaurant.Then tour this important port city watched over and protected by the famed “Sleeping Giant”. Hear his story and photograph him from Hillcrest Park overlooking the waterfront. View the redeveloped Marina Park, the Friendship Gardens and some of Thunder Bay’s ‘new economy’ businesses.
Travel back in time to discover the ‘historical roots’ of the city at Fort William Historical Park where you will be immersed in the business of the day in 1812 – the fur trade, which truly founded and settled many parts of Canada. Afterwards, travel through the countryside to Kakabeka Falls, the ‘Niagara of the North’, where the waters fall 128 feet (39 metres) over the gorge – be sure to look for the image of Greenmantle in the mist of the cascading waters
Canyon Country - 5 to 6 hours
The ancient bedrock of Lake Superior and the Canadian Shield provide dramatic vistas and two spectacular canyons. Ouimet Canyon offers an unspoiled two kilometre long natural canyon where rare arctic alpine plants thrive in the depths of its valley. At nearby Eagle Canyon Adventures, walk across the canyon via Canada’s longest suspension footbridge and/or try the mile long zip line. This outing can be enhanced with a photo stop at Terry Fox Memorial Lookout and a unique Finnish fish/gift shop at Crystal Beach and a delicious meal at the Missing Horse Restaurant.
Sleeping Giant Park/Silver Islet – 5 to 6 hours
Spend a day exploring nature's beauty at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and Silver Islet village. Learn of history and geology at the Visitor Centre, take a hike along a scenic trail to photograph the Sea Lion, walk the 'boulevard' in the historic mining village and have lunch or tea at the picturesque Silver Islet Tea Room. Stop at Karen’s Kountry Kitchen for a delicious dinner homemade treat enroute back to Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay Discovery – 2night/3 days
Day 1 – enjoy the spectacular ‘View from the Top’ of Mt. McKay. See Lake Superior up close and learn more about the Fort William First Nation.
Day 2 – Thunder Bay Discovery (see above)
Day 3 – Canyon Country or Sleeping Giant/Silver Islet. (see above)
Lake Superior Circle – 5 days
A sample journey from the US Midwest.
The history of Lake Superior’s communities is rooted in its resources – its waterways, rocks, minerals, and forests! Discover what and who helped develop this beautiful landscape as you Circle Superior!
Day 1 –North to Canada
Travel through northern Michigan and over the Mackinac Bridge to Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Situated on the St. Mary’s river, you will view the seaway locks up close on our dinner cruise. The locks were first built in 1855, allowing larger ships to travel up into ‘Lac Superior’ or Lake Superior. These locks have been an important part of Lake Superior’s history ever since. The Soo Locks tour, a two-hour narrated excursion of one of the great wonders of the world, actually goes through the locks right alongside the big freighters. Your boat will continue along the international shoreline of the lower harbor letting you experience all the sights, sounds and excitement of Michigan’s oldest city Sault Ste. Marie.
Day 2 – Ontario’s North Shore
Sault Ste Marie ON to Wawa – 140 miles
The beautiful greens of Nature’s paintbrush on the Algoma highlands and Lake Superior’s striking ‘blues’ will be a visual treat today. Lunch at a unique cookhouse and then you'll continue along Superior’s Ontario shoreline.View some of its most stunning beaches and viewscapes – Pancake Bay and Old Woman Bay to name just two and make a coffee/interpretive stop in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Later on, in Wawa, you will take a quick look at the famous fifty-four year old Wawa Goose monument, the most photographed icon between St. John’s and Victoria BC, enjoy dinner and browse through the very unique ‘Young’s General Store’. Overnight in Wawa, ON. (L, coffee/dessert)
Day 3 – Towards Thunder Bay
Wawa to Marathon – 140 miles
Marathon to Thunder Bay – 299 km or 200 miles
After breakfast, travel away from the lake towards White River where you'll see a grand salute to ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and then pick up your local guide at Marathon who will travel 200 miles with you towards Thunder Bay, the largest city on Lake Superior. Your guide will interpret the history and lifestyle along this section of the lake. Learn about the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway through the rugged volcanic rock of the Canadian Shield, about shipwrecks and entrepreneurs and enjoy scenic photo stops – such as Kama Lookout, Acquasabon Falls or the Terrace Bay lighthouse replica.
Enjoy walking Canada’s longest suspension footbridge at Eagle Canyon and learn about Ontario’s beautiful purple gemstone – Amethyst - and smoking fish in the all-natural Finnish style. At the entrance to Thunder Bay view the striking Terry Fox Memorial, dedicated to a true Canadian hero and one of the most poignant monuments in Canada. Overnight Thunder Bay for two nights. (L)
Day 5 –Thunder Bay City/Countryside tour
Begin the day with a Finnish pancake breakfast at the ‘Hoito’ restaurant. Then tour this important port city watched over and protected by the famed “Sleeping Giant”. Hear his story and photograph him from Hillcrest Park overlooking the waterfront. View the redeveloped Marina Park, the Friendship Gardens and some of Thunder Bay’s ‘new economy’ businesses.
Travel back in time to discover the ‘historical roots’ of the city at Fort William Historical Park where you will be immersed in the business of the day in 1812 – the fur trade, which truly founded and settled many parts of Canada. Afterwards, travel through the countryside to Kakabeka Falls, the ‘Niagara of the North’, where the waters fall 128 feet over the gorge – be sure to look for the image of Greenmantle in the mist of the cascading waters.
Day 6 - Minnesota Marvels
Thunder Bay to Duluth – 180 miles
Following Lake Superior’s shoreline southward, you will cross the international border at Pigeon River and travel through Grand Marais, MN to the beautiful Lutsen resort area. A gondola ride up to the Chalet atop Moose Mountain for coffee will afford you one of the most spectacular views of Lake Superior anywhere. Afterwards, enjoy lunch and a visit to Split Rock Lighthouse - providing a close-up view of the lifestyle within this 1920s structure situated atop a 130-foot cliff on Lake Superior. See the exhibits and tour the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s home. A bit later, you’ll enjoy some browsing time in Duluth’s Canal Park district and an overnight stay lakeside in this important port city. (L)
- Lake Superior Provincial Park – bus pass
- Wawa Goose; Winnie the Pooh – photo stops
- Wawa lakeside lodge – coffee/dessert/slideshow
- LSV North Shore Guide – Marathon to Thunder Bay
- Acquasabon Falls
- Eagle Canyon Adventures
- Amethyst browsing / smoked fish shop
- Terry Fox Memorial Lookout
- Thunder Bay City /Countryside Tour
- Hoito Finnish Breakfast
- Fort William Historical Park – admission and tour
- Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
- Lutsen Gondola / Moose Mountain
- Split Rock Lighthouse – admission and tour
- Gooseberry Falls or Temperance River State Park
- 1 comp package for tour escort
- Included Meals with gratuities: 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 coffee/dessert
Sample cost: $255 per person + 13% tax CAN Funds (min 30 passengers)