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Adventure Overview

Bring your family on a journey through Canadian history on the Moose River.  After a ride north on the historic Polar Bear Express train we will disembark at Moose River Crossing in the middle of the Boreal forest and take to the serene beauty of the river. Over the next 4 days we will explore gypsum caves, search for fossils, wander around shorelines, paddle through fun swifts, camp on gravel bars, and create wonderful memories with family and friends. If we are lucky we may even get a chance to watch the northern lights dance through the night sky.  Half way through the trip we often camp at the mouth of the Abitibi and Moose at Wayne’s place.  Wayne is a local to the town of Moosonee and a close friend of MHO. He holds a wealth of knowledge of the area and if he happens to be home when we pass by, we will stop and visit with him. If our paths do not cross, it’s a beautiful place to stay and explore regardless.  

We end our trip in the town of Moose Factory, where the Moose Cree people reside and one of the many towns around James Bay that were part of the fur trade and colonisation of Canada.  Our friends here will  show us around and introduce us to some of the local culture, and perhaps take a motor boat trip out to Ship Sands Island at the mouth of James Bay. Finally we will paddle over to the town of Moosonee, portage through the middle of town and board the Polar Bear Express for our journey home.

This adventure combines the unique natural history of the James Bay Lowlands – a significant northern estuary – with the colourful cultural and human history of the indigenous people and early European inhabitants.

We acknowledge that the Moose River is located on the traditional territories of the Cree and Moose Cree Nations and recognized under the James Bay Treaty No.9, and that we are visitors to this land.


Upcoming Adventure Dates

Aug 07, 2024 - Aug 13, 2024 Register Now

What's Included


  • Hotel accommodation on Night 1
  • All meals (from Dinner Day 1 – Dinner Day 7)
  • Group equipment
  • Dinner at a local establishment on Day 1
  • Canoes, Paddles, PFD’s
  • Professional guides
  • All safety equipment (SAT phone, first aid kits, rescue kits)
  • Tents & Thermarests
  • 60L waterproof barrel for personal gear
  • Polar Bear Express train tickets north and south
  • Moose Factory / Moosonee Cultural Day
  • Boat trip to Shipsands Island on James Bay (weather permitting)
  • Parking for duration of trip

Not Included

  • Transportation to and from the trip rendez-vous point
  • Single supplement $200
  • Guide gratuities
  • Sleeping bag *available to rent