I’m fortunate enough to be sent across North America to shoot different boats and boating destinations. From the Colorado River carved through the Mojave Desert to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and from Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories to the thousands of lakes in my home province of Ontario. In short: I’ve not seen it all, but I’ve seen a lot!
And Thunder Bay blew me away. Honestly.
Having never been there, I didn’t know what to expect. Nor did I know how Lake Superior would be, as it, amazingly, had remained elusively off my been-there-boated-that list—though all its Great Lakes cousins had seen plenty of Bull over the years.
Hosted by a local couple who had spent decades on the water, we set out for the first leg of our exploration into the big water of Thunder Bay itself—leaving behind the well-kept marina which, nicely, sits right downtown.
We left the protection of the breakwaters and out southwest past, and around, Pie Island on the 17-mile run to Thompson Island. Pie Island is no mere landmark for other journeys, it is majestic unto itself. With a height of more than 425 metres (1,400 feet), but a relatively small footprint at only 46 square kilometres (18 square miles), the rocky centre juts up abruptly from the tree-lined shore. It’s a must-photograph kind of place!