Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Silver Islet to Tee Harbor

Silver Islet, Ontario

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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is located on the Sibley Peninsula; it separates Thunder Bay from Black Bay. Like most of the north shore of Lake Superior, it is home to moose and other wildlife commonly found in the northern forests, but geologically it is not part of Canadian Shield Country. The striking flat-topped mesas of the Thunder Bay area are mainly sedimentary rock, covered with a flat layer of erosion-resistant diabase, a volcanic rock similar to basalt. The four mesas that make up the tip of the Sibley Peninsula resemble a “sleeping giant.” For those who haven’t been to this area, the change in topography is dramatic as you approach Thunder Bay, quite different from anything south of the border. The park has a wonderful set of hiking trails that leave from Tee Harbor and Sawyer Bay and climb steeply to the top of the sleeping giant, providing access to some of the most spectacular views of the Great Lakes region.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park: Silver Islet to Tee Harbor Professional Review and Guide

"Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is located on the Sibley Peninsula; it separates Thunder Bay from Black Bay. Like most of the north shore of Lake Superior, it is home to moose and other wildlife commonly found in the northern forests, but geologically it is not part of Canadian Shield Country. The striking flat-topped mesas of the Thunder Bay area are mainly sedimentary rock, covered with a flat layer of erosion-resistant diabase, a volcanic rock similar to basalt.

The four mesas that make up the tip of the Sibley Peninsula resemble a “sleeping giant.” For those who haven’t been to this area, the change in topography is dramatic as you approach Thunder Bay, quite different from anything south of the border. The park has a wonderful set of hiking trails that leave from Tee Harbor and Sawyer Bay and climb steeply to the top of the sleeping giant, providing access to some of the most spectacular views of the Great Lakes region."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Silver Islet
Distance: 12
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Half day to three days
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Contacts: Backcountry camping permits 807-977-2526
Local Maps: Canadian topographic map Thunder Cape at 1:50,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park: Silver Islet to Tee Harbor

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May 2018