Just got back from the Arctic Ocean - Updated 8/14 with links
Wife and I just got back from Chisasibi, Canada. A small Cree village on the shores of James Bay, technicaly.... the Artic Ocean.
We drove from Bennington, VT. Did it 5 days. 2320+ miles in 5 days. Two days of which we spent on the James Bay Road. The 381 km (236 mile) stretch of the James Bay Road that is without services is the longest service-free stretch of road in Canada, and the second longest service-free stretch of road in North America! This is second only by a hair to the Dalton Hwy in Alaska, which has a 394 km (244 mile) stretch without services. The Dempster Hwy running from the Yukon to NWT in Canada has a stretch of 363 km (225 miles) without services.
Day one we drove 12 hours to Val D'or. It's a small mining town. Stayed at a Comfort Inn. You feel like you are out there, but the vast wilderness is yet to come.
Day two was a 3 hour trip to Matagami. Nothing to see here, but the last chance for gas. We got gas and then stopped and signed in at the James Bay Road check point. You have to give your info before you get on the road.
This road is out there, seriously. Nothing but woods for miles and miles. You might see a car every 15 minutes, but sometimes we went 30 minutes or more inbetween cars. We brought two spare tires and two cans of fixaflat.
This is Cnada's Autobahn. No police at all. The road is mostly used by the Cree and they drive fast. We would be doing 70 only to be passed by familys of Cree in minivans doing 90 plus easily. And the road is full of bumps.
Our goal was to say we drove as far north as possible and to swim in the Artic Ocean. We did both.
I highly recomend this trip to anyone that likes the remote. Radisson, the end of the road is ok, but Chisasibi is better. A small Cree village that was living off the land like their ancestors on Fort George Island until Hydro Qubec picked them up and moved them onland and into the 20th century. It truely was an incredible experience.
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