Being a light keeper for a day and exploring what it is like to operate a Lake Superior Lighthouse on an Island 14 km east of Silver Islet and civilization is a real eye openor.
Currently our booking system is being updated and will be available soon for the 2021 season. We will be operating tours from Thunder Bay and Silver Islet on Thursdays and Sundays. Book Sunday’s Tour or Book Thursday’s Tour
Start your experience on the shores of Lake Superior departing from Silver Islet or Thunder Bay.
Starting in Silver Islet take a ride across Black Bay but your first stop will be to look at the old mining shafts at the famous Silver Mine. You can also take in the panoramic view of the Sleeping Giant, Silver Islet and Black Bay from the water.
When you land at the Porphyry Island, you’ll learn about the nautical history, unique arctic climate, and experience the light keepers’ stories through the lighthouses interpretive panels and our lighthouse navigator guide.
Your trip to the lighthouse can take between 30 to 60 minutes depending on your departure point. The charter captain will share local attractions on the water and land you at Porphyry Island Lighthouse. You will be given an orientation and tour last one hour and a half. Following this you might like to have lunch with the light keeping volunteers, or go discover the island by yourself. Your return to the dock for your trip back home around 3:30 in the afternoon (on Sunday’s the time is later).
Delicious picnic lunches are available to our guests and can be ordered on-line or at the boathouse upon arrival. Guests receive a safety orientation, a information card, and postcard to send home.