The Great Lighthouse Rescue


For the second year, groups of castaways, representing vital community agencies supported by the United Way, will find themselves stranded out at the Thunder Bay Main Lighthouse on Lake Superior. In order for these courageous castaways to be rescued and safely returned to Prince Arthur’s Landing, they must send out an S.O.S. for donations.

The actual rescues will be executed by the Royal Canadian Navy and the gallant sailors of HMCS Griffon. Honorary Captains and rescue crews will have the opportunity to join HMCS Griffon personnel aboard a 24ft Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat as they brave the stormy waters o’ Lake Superior to rescue the stranded castaways and return them safely to the marina – along with a few high-speed turns and evasive maneuvers as they speed across the harbour!

These Honorary Captains will also be tasked with raising donations of their own, helping castaways reach their goals and return to land.

Rescues will be undertaken from Pier 3 throughout the day, starting at 10:00 am until approximately 5:00 pm. 

Members of the public are invited to come down to Marina Park to cheer on and support the agency castaways and courageous rescue captains, and enjoy:

Family fun activities and face painting
A Sea Shanty Sing-Along with The Foundry Singers at 1:00pm
Tasty grub from Beefcake’s Burger Factory, as well as Twisted Ice Cream and the Poppin’ Hut with Lemon Squeeze
Harbour Tours with Sail Superior (More details below)
High-powered binoculars

Not to mention, participating agencies will be setting up info booths on the Big Green Lawn where attendees can learn more about the programs they offer and their commitment to building a stronger community.

All funds donated will go to support crucial community programming and services to meet the needs of local people.

Land ho!

Set sail with Sail Superior and the United Way at the Great Lighthouse Rescue!

All aboard the Rocket! This zodiac will take you on a captivating harbour cruise where you’ll discover a fresh perspective of our vibrant city. Cruise past iconic landmarks like the grain elevators, the impressive iron ore docks, our beloved lighthouse, and the historic Alexander Henry.
Tickets are LIMITED, so be sure to reserve your ticket ASAP!
You must book a ticket in advance to secure your spot.
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2024
Trip Duration: 20 minutes.  
Tickets: Adults $20 / Children (5-18 yrs. of age) $10
Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling 16 or older. No children under 5.

Click on your preferred departure time to book your tickets now!  


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10:00 AM

1:30 PM

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2:00 PM

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2:30 PM

11:30 AM

3:00 PM

12:00 PM

3:30 PM

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4:00 PM

1:00 PM

4:30 PM

Please arrive 20 minutes before your reserved departure time at the Sail Superior Dock on Pier 3.  Allow for time to park.
Dress accordingly – walking shoes, insulating sweater or jacket, weatherproof jacket, hat and gloves, sunglasses, and don’t forget your sunscreen.
Life jackets (PFDs) supplied. If you have a small child, we encourage you to bring their life jacket from home as it may be more comfortable.
The Rocket can accommodate 10 passengers per trip.