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Destination James Bay

Feb 11-13th, 2025 (FULL)

Feb 14-16th, 2025 (FULL)

Feb 23-25th, 2025 (FULL)

Feb 26-28th, 2025 (FULL)

March 1-3rd, 2025 (FULL)

March 4-6th, 2025 (FULL)

March 7-9th, 2025 (Women's ride, 9 spots)

March 10-12th, 2025 (FULL)

Trips run at the end of February and in March.

 3 days trip

Itineary:

The night before, we want to have a meeting at 7pm in the Companion's sled garage.

 

First day

Starting from Hearst, we ride along the Missinaibi river (Mattice river).  We leave at 7 am on the first morning because we have a big day. (280km) We are having lunch on the trail the first day. (Bring your own) (Lunch can be prepared by the Companion Hotel Motel, ask receptionist for lunch box)  We get to see Thunder House Falls and Hell's Gate Canyon. We will stop at a warm up shack halfway. To then continue on the river till we reach the power line to cross to the Abitibi River. We will have dinner and sleep at Onakawana camp. (William and Pam Tozer's place)

Second day

This is a more relax day (Around 220km day). Breakfast at Onakawana Camp at around 8am. Leave around 9am to make our way down river to Moose Factory. Have lunch in Moose Factory.  Go fuel up in Moosonee. Go ride on the Arctic Ocean (James Bay) Come back before diner at Onakawana Camp. Possibility to buy liquor in Moosonee for AT CAMP ONLY.  Also possible to buy oil in Moosonee. 

Third day

Last day, have breakfast at around 8am. Leave by 9am. Make our way back. See Otter Rapids Hydro Dam as well as Abitibi Canyon. At Abitibi Canyon, people can choose the east side or the west side of the loop to make their way back to Cochrane (250km) or to Smooth Rock Falls (190km). We can choose to have lunch at the base camp or in Smooth Rock Falls. Trip ends in Smooth Rock. (Choice to come back to Hearst or head Cochrane. Guides usually trailer back to Hearst.)

Groups of 12

Price: 600$ + tax each 

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Included:

2 guides pulling sleigh full of gas, towing in case of break down, trip planning

Safety: satellite phone, tarp, first aid kit, fire, dry clothes etc...

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Needed:

  • Snowmobile (In good condition)

  •  3 gallons of gas strapped to your snowmobile

  • Personal effects

  • Food and snacks

  • Liquor for at the camp only

  • Spare belt

  • Spare Oil

  • Cash to pay hosts (400$, 2 nights, 2 dinners, 2 breakfast) and other expenses (gas, lunch etc.)

FAQ

  • If a snowmobile breaks down, one of our guides will pull you all the way to Moosonee. Train Arrangements will be made there to take back your snowmobile on the Polar Bear Express to Cochrane. It's around 80$ for a snowmobile and around the same price for the person. 

  • You absolutely will use all the gas we tell you to bring. (Full tank + 3 gallon + 7.5 gallon that is on the sleigh)

  • Oil can be bought in Moosonee. You may need to carry what you need.

  • Recommended sleds: Trail sleds can absolutely make the trip but it is recommended to book the dates later in the season. (Packed trail underneath, less snow)

  • Recommended skill level: Fairly advance. Lots of trail riding experience. Off-trail experience is even better. Rider has to be comfortable to get through slush. 

  • If you're a smaller group, we will try to fill in the group to have 12 riders.

  • Aprox. Expenses:

    • 200 - 250L of gas + oil

    • 2 nights’ accommodation 400$ cash (Onakawana Camp includes 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners) 

    • 3 lunches (1 lunch in Moose Factory 25$+tax) 

    • Accommodations for before the trip (Recommend staying at the Companion or INN The North)

  • All gas expenses are snowmobilers’ responsibility.

  • Food, accommodations, gas is not included into our packages. 

  • 20% deposit when booking. No reimbursement. Can book another year or try to sell spot. Balance due before trip. 

  • Speed of the trip: The speed riders are comfortable at! Usually ranges between 70-90km/h . The group usually splits in a faster and slower group and we re-group from time to time. This way people can truly enjoy the ride at their comfortable speed. 

Your guides

Dany Gratton

Dany started guiding in 2003 by offering his famous snowmobile tours to Moosonee. Dany is well known in is community to be the "coureur des bois".  He has over 35 years of experience riding trail and off-trails. He likes to always have a safe trip with his friends or clients. He likes to show the beautiful wilderness of Northern Ontario.

Mylène Coulombe-Gratton

Mylène has been riding since she was born with her father. She did the Moosonee trip when she was 13. She can ride! Mylène went to work and to school by snowmobile as soon as she turns 12. She has been guiding with her father for 3 years and planning those trips for 5 years. With her experience, leader skills and knowledge, you will be in great hands. 

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