To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the summer of 2017, Naturally Superior Adventures is recreating the Canadian fur trade experience with the Voyageur Canoe Brigades on Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake. Six themed adventures to choose from.
Adventures in Lake Superior
Challenge Your Body And Replenish Your Soul.
Ocean-like Lake Superior is BIG. In fact, it is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, and the third largest by volume. In the Ojibwe language, the lake is called Gitchi Gummi, meaning “big water”. Since the beginning, Lake Superior has been revered for its qualities of power and unpredictability. Its rugged yet fragile nature makes it one of the most unique and special places on Earth. The Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area is the largest freshwater marine protected area in the world. It is home to herons, peregrine falcons, bald eagles, woodland caribou, over 70 fish species, rare flora and more.
Because of its size, Lake Superior creates its own weather – winds can pick up or change direction at any time, creating waves up to 30 feet, which can make paddling or hiking along the coast line difficult, even for seasoned adventurers.
But if you go with an experienced outfitter, you will safely enjoy unforgettable epic adventures on Lake Superior.
If you are looking for a badge of honour and a hike to brag about, the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail is it! Located on the north shore of Lake Superior, this 60 km mammoth hike takes you over rugged terrain, perilous rock cliffs and slippery boulder beaches – all while carrying 15 kg of gear.
Embark on an epic big lake sailing adventure! Learn the art of sailing on a 7-day all-inclusive live-aboard instructional ISPA certification holiday on a 40’ sailboat. Or escape to picturesque, remote Thompson Island in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
Explore Lake Superior by sea kayak! Paddle in special places like the Slate Islands, Rossport Archipeligo or Lake Superior Provincial Park, where you can see rare wildlife like woodland caribou and Arctic tundra plant life. Ascend to the top of rock cliffs for stunning views. Kayak in sheltered cobalt blue waters beside dramatic rock cliffs. Marvel at the millions of twinkling stars and the Milky Way.
While you are there:
While in Thunder Bay, the northwest gateway to Lake Superior, explore back in time to the year 1816 to experience the fur trade at Fort William Historical Park. There are 42 authentic, reconstructed buildings on the site and actors in period dress to bring it to life.
Be sure to visit the Thunder Bay art galleries and excellent restaurants. For local and regional travel information, visit Thunder Bay and Northwest Ontario. While in Sault Ste. Marie, the eastern gateway to Lake Superior, be sure to visit these attractions: the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, the Art Gallery of Algoma, the Agawa Canyon Train Tour and more.
Travelling west to Wawa, must-stops include Agawa Craft and The Canadian Carver, The Trading Post, Young’s General Store, Lake Superior Provincial Park and the Wawa Goose.
For local and regional travel information, visit Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Country.
For adventures in Northwest Ontario, fly into the Thunder Bay International Airport. For adventures in Algoma Country, fly into Sault Ste. Marie International Airport.
Book your adventure
Choose from a variety of 2 hour to half day themed sailing tours on a magnificent 40' or 32' sailboat in Thunder Bay. Sample of options include Twilight Wine & Cheese Tour; Yoga & Sail; Sail and Scuba; Welcome Island.
Embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure on the world's largest freshwater lake. Enroute you can hike the Sleeping Giant, explore local lighthouses then snuggle up under the millions of stars in the milky-way.
A trip to Lake Superior is not complete without kayaking. Starting with some basic instruction, your guide will help you get paddling with confidence, safety and efficiency on the Big Lake.
See rare woodland caribou in their natural habitat on the Slate Islands. Kayak in sheltered cobalt blue waters beside dramatic ancient rock cliffs. Camp on beaches and marvel at the millions of twinkling stars and the Milky Way.
Thunder Bay's Sleeping Giant, a rugged peninsula jutting out into Lake Superior, provides leisurely nature walk trails to adventurous trekking trails. Climb to the top of the Giant for a stunning panoramic view of Lake Superior.
If you are looking for a badge of honour and a hike to brag about, the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail is it! This 37 mile mammoth wilderness hike takes you over rugged terrain, perilous rock cliffs, slippery boulder beaches and to jaw-dropping views.
Hike the infamous Sleeping Giant Provincial Park trails to see stunning views of the lake. Retreat to your secluded hand-crafted log cabin nestled along the Lake Superior shoreline. Savour local flavours. See moose, deer, eagles and more.
The rugged beauty and wild Lake Superior shoreline offers magnificent hiking and backpacking. Crowd-free easy to difficult trails lead to extraordinary panoramic vistas, isolated pebble beaches, ancient pictographs, spectacular waterfalls and more.