INTO THE NORTH IS A EEYOU ISTCHEE BAIE-JAMES TOURISM INITIATIVE
In summer 2018, 6 participants from around the world will be invited to experience two adventure-filled weeks in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James. The entire trip will be filmed, and broadcast on this website in fall 2018.
Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, nature interpretation, traditional activities, discovering more about the Cree culture, cooking meals over an open fire, gazing at the northern lights, sleeping in unconventional accommodations, checking out hydroelectric installations and much more still will be part of this unforgettable road trip.
July 14 to 29, 2018
- 2 weeks in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James region
- 6 participants
- 1 van
- A 5,000km road trip
Through the boreal forest and taiga, and along never-ending roads, participants will get to explore this mythical region of Quebec. They will discover formidable landscapes, see wildlife in its natural habitat and naturally, take full advantage of the numerous stops along the way to escape like never before in a setting unparalleled anywhere else in the world.
Take a deep breath, keep your eyes and ears open, and prepare to be amazed. Stretched out between the 49th and 55th parallels, Eeyou Istchee Baie-James territory is a vast and enchanting terrain of endless adventure.
Here, you get the best of both worlds: the long winters with its pristine winter landscapes and the warm summer nights that linger long after sunset. You get to rub elbows with the two communities that call this place home – the Cree, who number nearly 17,000 and the Jamesians, with a population of about 16,000. “The land of the people”, as it’s nicknamed in Cree, is a culturally rich region that boasts unique fauna and flora, and wide, open spaces. Come live life to the full in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James!
Mistissini, the Cree word for ‘’Big Rock’’ takes its name from a massive boulder that served as an important reference point in countless generations. The community is situated on the south-eat shores of Lac Mistassini, the largest natural fresh water lake in the province of Quebec of almost 2115 square kilometers
Chibougamau means ‘’meeting place’’ because the city is the wonderful meeting place between untamed nature and urban life.
A new eco-tourism site opened. Located in Oujé-Bougoumou Come and sleep into a kichiihchaaukimikwlive to live a real aboriginal experience throught comfort, authenticity and memorables discoveries.
Oujé-Bougoumou means ‘’The Place Where People Gather’’. Over a period of 50 years, residents were forced to relocate 7 times to make place for mining activities and since then became a United Nations award winning community.
Matagami means ‘’where the water means’’
Nine major bodies of water are located in close proximity to Matagami. In the 17th century, the Cree in the region established the fur trade with the English at Baie-James and the French at Abitibi and Témiscamingue.
Les ÉcoGîtes du Lac Matagami offer you a boreal scenery near the Matagami lake with three wooden cottages, two yurts and spa and sauna installations for a great trip. Discover the richness of the land in the North.
Le Mont Laurier
This hill is 480 metres high. You may trek to the top and enjoy a magnificent view of Matagami’s surroundings.
This community, whose original name was Fort Charles before beeing re-named Rupert’s House. This community owes its name to the fur trade, as Waskaganish is the Cree word meaning ‘’Little House’’.
Live an unforgettable experience with the local tallyman Angus Mayappo and his family in northern Québec. The traditional site offers various cultural and adventurous activities. Learn and exchange on our millennium Cree culture and its ecological knowledge of our world.
Wemindji takes its name from the Cree word meaning ‘’Painted Hills’’ and ‘’Ochre Mountains’’ which make up the colourful backdrop of this community. In 1959, after its relocation from its original home on an island in the Old Factory Bay, Wemindji turned into an energetic and thriving community.
Radisson, which sits on a hill at the very end of James Bay Highway is located in the heart of the taiga. Radisson is the only non-Native community located north of the 53rd parallel. It is also the site of the world’s largest underground hydroelectric power station: the Robert-Bourassa Generating Station.
Chisasibi means ‘’Great River’’ Here the boreal forest merges with the taiga and the waters of Baie-James mix with those of Baie d’Hudson. Chisasibi is the last Cree community of the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James region that is accessible by car.
Le Mont Laurier
Selected participants will be invited to take part in a two-week Into the North experience in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James. The prize includes all transportation (air and land), accommodations, meals, activities and activity-related equipment.
To be eligible, participants must obtain medical, trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance. Participants must also supply certain items for the trip (i.e. backpack, warm clothing, hiking shoes, etc.). A complete list of required items will be supplied to participants.
The ideal candidate
The ideal candidate
Into the North is looking for folks who crave adventure. People from all parts of the globe are invited to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to live the ITN experience. Participants must be in good physical condition and willing to go off the beaten path.
Participants must be available July 14–29, 2018, and willing to travel by plane. Participants must meet all eligibility requirements – e.g. they must be 18 years of age or older at the time of registration.