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Frequently asked questions

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Unrestricted traffic and access to the territory.

Travellers and land users are still advised to exercise caution when accessing the territory.

Some tips for safe road travel

  • Make sure your car is in good condition.
  • Locate the refueling points on your route, and on each occasion, refuel and resupply food and water.
  • Let your family and friends know your schedule and itinerary
  • Since the territory is poorly covered by mobile phone networks, it is recommended to have a satellite transmission device (satellite phone or beacon)
  • Is the Route Billy-Diamond safe? What is its condition?

    The Route Billy-Diamond, formerly called the Route de la Baie-James, is safe. It is relatively busy and public telephones are available at a few locations along the road.

    In addition, the Route Billy-Diamond is fully paved and has been upgraded to km 381 in 2020 and 2021.

    For updates on work on the regional road network: https://www.sdbj.gouv.qc.ca/en/james-bay-territory/roadwork/ 

  • How are the gravel roads?

    The Route du Nord and Route Transtaïga are gravel but are very well maintained. Although the risk of a flat tire increases on this type of road, they are still easily passable. It is best to bring a full-size spare tire mounted on a rim; a spare tire is not sufficient.

  • Are the roads safe for RVs?

    It is possible to travel in an RV on our roads, although proper preparation is required, especially if you plan to use gravel roads.

  • Can I drive to the Réservoir Caniapiscau?

    It is indeed possible to travel to the end of the route Transtaïga. You must be extremely well prepared for this type of expedition! This 666-kilometer gravel road is a 'dead end'. Once you arrive in Caniapiscau, you have to turn around and drive the 666 kilometers again to reach Route Billy-Diamond.

    The only gas station is at the Mirage Adventure Outfitter at km 358.

  • What are the important gas stations?

    (It is important to fill up at each stop)

    On the Route Billy-Diamond

    • KM 0: At Matagami
    • KM 381: At the truck stop
    • KM 617: At Radisson

    On the Route du Nord

    • Chibougamau
    • KM 290: At Nemiscau substation (Hydro-Québec) *
    • KM 298: At the Cree community of Nemaska

    *check the opening hours of these refueling points beforehand.

    On the route Transtaiga

    • KM 358: At the Mirage Aventure Outfitter

    *There are gas stations in all cities, towns, and Cree communities.

  • What are the stops not to be missed on the road?

    There are several roadside rest areas along the way where you can take a break. Some of them offer viewpoints that are not to be missed.

    On the Route Billy-Diamond

    • Km 232: Rivière Broadback. The wide river winds its way through the spruce trees and the rustic site offers you a front-row seat for the sunsets.
    • Km 257: Rivière Rupert. From the north side of the bridge, take the 1 km hiking trail and find yourself at the foot of the waterfalls, where you will feel the full power of the river.
    • Km 395: Rivière Eastmain. At 3 km, the 1 km hiking trail will lead you under the Rivière Eastmain bridge, where you can admire this impressive structure.
    • Km 411 the Rivière Opinaca. The footpath leads you close to a waterfall, you can feel the power of the water.

    On the route du Nord

    • Km 234: Cree Memorial, located 5 km from the Route du Nord. The monument, created by artist Tim Whiskeychan, commemorates the history of the people who have inhabited this land for thousands of years. The lookout offers a spectacular view.
    • Km 238: The Rivière Rupert stop is ideal for admiring the landscape. The river is fierce with its waterfalls and large rocks.

    On the route Transtaïga

    • Km 62: 3 km from Route Transtaïga, this superb rest area allows you to admire the Réservoir Robert-Bourassa.
    • Km 308: this viewpoint offers a 360-degree view; the landscape is truly breathtaking.

    On route 109 :

    • Km 133: Lac Paradis stands out with its jade green color.


  • Where can I fish in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James?

    The immense territory of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James is divided into categories of land. Category 1 and 2 lands are reserved for the exclusive use of the Crees. To fish on these lands, you must obtain the necessary authorizations from the band councils concerned and respect the conditions. Category 3 lands are public lands. As everywhere else in Québec, fishing activities are permitted. You must have your Québec fishing permit and respect the regulations that apply to the area where you are fishing (catch limits, size, species, etc.). https://www.quebec.ca/en/tourism-and-recreation/sporting-and-outdoor-activities/sport-fishing  

  • Do I have to go through an outfitter?

    The reputation of the region's outfitters is well-established! They guarantee unforgettable stays and abundant fishing. Their guides will lead you to the best sectors for trophy fish fishing! Some outfitters offer boat rentals without a guide. One thing is certain, all offer quality lodging options.

    However, it is not mandatory to go to an outfitter to fish in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James. At all times, you must respect the regulations in effect for each sector. You can find the complete regulations from the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs at https://www.quebec.ca/en/tourism-and-recreation/sporting-and-outdoor-activities/sport-fishing


  • When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

    Good news! It is possible to observe the Northern Lights year round, and this, everywhere on the territory of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James! The winter period is more favorable because of its hours of darkness. But for those who like to observe the Milky Way, in summer, you will be rewarded!

    Download an application such as 'My aurora forecast' to find out the probability of observing the phenomenon.

  • I want to go see James Bay (waterfront). Is this possible?

    Access to James Bay is through the Cree communities. We strongly recommend contacting the community's tourism officer before you travel to ensure that you are properly oriented. 

  • Is it true that it is cold, even in the summer?

    It is true that winter lasts longer in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James! From November to April, we can snowshoe, ski, snowmobile...

    But from June to mid-September, temperatures can easily climb to 30 degrees! We can easily take advantage of the beautiful beaches throughout the region to bask in the sun.

  • Is it true that Eeyou Istchee Baie-James is a fly's paradise?

    We won't lie to you... there are flies! Eeyou Istchee Baie-James is known for its magnificent forests, thousands of lakes, and rivers teeming with life. Like everywhere else, the peak season is in late spring and early summer. By the end of July, the peak has already subsided. That said, despite the flies, it is still fun to do outdoor activities in the summer. A good mosquito repellent and appropriate clothing (long and light-colored, for example) are also ways to thwart the bugs!


  • Is it possible to go wilderness camping in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James?

    Of course, it is! It is possible to camp in many places in our region. There is at least one campground in every town and community.

    It is also possible to camp without services in one of the many rustic roadside sites. Here, it is first come, first served. You are invited to make a contribution to help maintain these sites.

    See the list of these sites in the tourism guide on page 29.


  • Will I be welcome in the Cree (Aboriginal) communities?

    Yes, the Cree are very welcoming people. The communities are increasingly developing their tourism offer and wish to share their culture and way of life with visitors. It is best to contact the tourism agent of the community you wish to visit before your arrival in order to have a complete experience.

  • What language is spoken in the Cree communities?

    The first language of the Cree is Cree and the second language is English. More and more Crees are trilingual and also speak French.

  • Are there services in the Cree communities?

    In all the communities, you will find gasoline/convenience stores, grocery stores, and restaurant services. Each community also has a hotel to welcome visitors (with the exception of Waswanipi and Whapmagoostui).

  • What activities are offered in the Cree communities?

    We invite you to contact the tourism officer in the Cree community you wish to visit to plan your stay. He or she will inform you of the activities available during your stay.



Travel Tips

  • Order the Eeyou Istchee baie-James official tourist guide. You will find valuable information in it.
  • For all other questions, contact us at info@eeyouistcheebaiejames.com -1 888 748-8140