Here are some of the most common questions:
Pets are allowed only on private/custom tours, where we can accommodate your needs.
However, no pets are allowed on any of our public tours at this time, with the exception of service animals.
Yes, all tastings of food + drink (as described for each tour under ‘What to Expect’) are covered with your ticket purchase. Additionally, ‘Seek’ provides a minimum of 18% gratuity to all restaurant servers. If you desire additional drinks or food during any of the stops beyond what the tour offers, there will be opportunities for you to purchase these at your own additional expense. We do however, recommend that you wait until the end of the tour, so that you don’t fill up too soon and miss out on tastings planned for you!
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour, so that we can stay on schedule and continue with the experiential tour and food tastings in a timely manner.
Please note: some stops (on some of our tours) will include small tastings of locally-crafted drinks, for e.g. 4 oz of local craft beer; at some of these stops, you are welcome to purchase more drinks, at an additional cost.
We recommend that you consider bringing a shopping bag and allow time either before the tour, or, at the end of the tour (after you’ve received some good insider tips), to browse the locally owned stores, food establishments + vendors – to bring some Tbay gifts + goodies away with you!
Stay tuned, as some vendors are planning to provide a ‘Seek’ discount to tour participants!
At this time, strollers and wheelchairs are welcome on the ‘Lake Walk‘ tours only (in the seasons without snow), due to the tight spaces in some of the food establishments we visit.
However, you can contact us to book a private/custom tour: where we can create other tours that are fully accessible, and can accommodate your group’s needs – including (but not limited to) wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, infants and/or young children!
Yes! In fact, we strongly encourage participants to take photos during our tours. There will be lots of great photo opportunities, and, your guide will be happy to take some for you!
However, we do not allow video cameras or tape recorders to record the tours in their entirety without prior written consent.
Parking is available at or near each tour’s starting location, sometimes at a cost. After you purchase your ticket, you’ll receive a message with suggestions for both parking and/or options for other transportation.
Yes. We welcome children 9+ on most tours, with a few exceptions (e.g. the ‘Superior Happy Hour(s)’ Tour), as listed in the tour descriptions.
FYI – If the tour includes a tasting of an alcoholic beverage, there will be options for a small tasting of a non-alcoholic beverage to all guests under 19 years of age, and, for those who would prefer.
If you are interested in a family adventure, that is child-friendly (including smaller children and/or infants), or even a fun birthday-party – consider booking a private/custom tour that will cater to young foodies, adventurers and/or hikers!
Please contact us, as we’d love to co-create a fun, educational and kid-friendly private walking food tour catered to your interests – either in town, or in a nearby natural area!
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No, this is only part of the experience (albeit a delicious one)! We are also storytellers. Our tours combine natural and cultural history, architectural commentary, local culture and culinary insight into a unique experience. Here on the northshore of Lake Superior, aka Gitchee Gami (as per the Anishinabek language) the land and people are full of rich stories. Our tours are designed to celebrate local distinctiveness, and to provide opportunities to invite guests to connect meaningfully with this place – the water, the land, and local people.
There will be surprises – whether you are a local, visiting family, or an international traveller.
Imagine walking through the city eating our local artisans’ most delicious foods, or hiking in nearby trails in the beautiful Boreal forest, while learning some of the natural and cultural history from real locals who deeply love this place.
Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can accommodate your needs at most of the locations.
Please note: most restaurants can accommodate gluten-free options, however, very few food establishments can ensure that cross contamination will never occur, therefore it is difficult to guarantee that it is Celiac-safe.
Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.
We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, you can contact us, and we may be able to offer another tour. Otherwise, we may have alternative suggestions for you to explore other fabulous experiences offered in the Thunder Bay area, including www.sailsuperior.com
Your ticket price includes gratuities for the service provided at the food establishments for the food + drink included as part of the tour.
For your tour guides, gratuities are appreciated, although not mandatory, nor expected.
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at our selected food-tasting locations in Thunder Bay’s neighbourhoods. However, we strongly recommend that you use the facilities before meeting up, so that we can stay on schedule and maximize our tastings!
When participating in a guided hike + picnic adventure in nearby natural areas, bathroom locations are limited, and be prepared for more primitive options. It’s all part of the adventure 🙂
The tours are held rain, shine, or snow.
However, if there is a significant storm that is effecting safe travel, we will either reschedule, or turn your tour into a ‘gift certificate’ to redeem at a later date.
We advise you to check the weather conditions for your days event, and dress appropriately, including sturdy footwear. In the winter months, this sturdy, warm footwear needs to be appropriate for snow/ice conditions.
In the summer months, we can lend umbrellas (for urban tours) or ponchos (for guided hikes) if you do not have your own.
In the winter months, we recommend you dress in layers, with a (non-cotton) wicking layer, insulating layers of wool or fleece, and a wind-breaker/shell – topped with cozy mittens and a hat of course!
FYI – Please note: even in the summer months, here in Thunder Bay, onshore wind off Lake Superior can be very chilly!
At this time, we offer our public tours in English.
We can create private/custom tours for your group in French (at a moderate level).
Yes we do!
We welcome special requests for custom tours or private events (e.g. out of town guests, family reunions, staff parties, corporate team-building, conferences, book clubs, showers, birthday parties, and more).
Contact us – and we’d be happy to co-create a memorable experience for you and your group!
For all tours:
+ For Urban neighbourhood walking food tours:
+ For hiking + picnic adventures: