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.
Disclaimer: Due to covid 19 we have not been able to visit and meet with our friends in Moosonee for summer 2020 and 2021. When we speak with them they are excited and hopeful to have us return for the 2022 season.
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 17, 2022 - Aug 23, 2022||Register Now|
- Hotel accommodations 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
- 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
- Transportation to and from the trip rendez-vous point
- Accommodations on the night after the trip
- Guide Gratuities