The James Bay Road was built in the 1970’s and consists of the first milestone of the James Bay project also known as the La Grande Complex. Driving this road is a living transition between the impressive Boreal Forest and the true Taiga.
There are various rest areas and countless interpretive panels: one must stop to take advantage of the panoramic view of the wild and never ending Taiga scenery.
Attention: You will only cross a single service station! This gas station is located half way between Matagami and Radisson at kilometer 381. Therefore take the time to fill your tank before leaving!
What would you say to have a breathtaking view of the Nordic landscapes? Whapchiwem Helicopters organises flights, allowing you a bird’s-eye view of the Radisson village and the impressive hydro-electric installations. It is possible to reserve a flight for a fishing expedition or to get to one place or another.
Live an unforgettable adventure in a unique and diverse territory. Nature in the Eeyou Istchee James-Bay region is omnipresent and you can observe the wildlife with the help of an experienced guide, with over 20 years of expertise. Come and follow the tracks of the wolves, bears and caribou.
Discover at your own pace, this magnificent territory that has changed so many lives, including that of your guide. Whether you desire an expedition package for 1, 3, 5, 7 days or a personalised program, Sylvain Paquin propose an experience you will never forget!
Otherwise known as La Grande-2 (LG-2), the Robert-Bourassa generating facility is the largest generating station in North America. Buried more than 140 meters underground, she is equally the largest underground generating station in the World!
The site presents an interpretation center which explains how it operates and well as the history behind this gigantic infrastructure.
Departing from Radisson, visitors travel by coach and are allowed forbidden access, all year round.
The Robert-Bourassa generating facility makes a strong impression: go contemplate the dam and the giant staircase up close! You will be astounded by its magnitude and this monumental piece of engineering.
Situated in the heart of the Taiga, on the edge of the Canadian shield, discover the last link of the La Grande power plants: La Grande-1 Generating Station.
Built with over 640 000 cubic meters of concrete, the same amount required to build a sidewalk from Montreal to Miami. This generating station with its transmitting arms with a diameter of over 2 meters.
Over 6000 people participated in its construction, and you will be astonished at how well it harmonizes with its environment. Please be advised visits are currently only offered in French.
In the beginning, before inhabiting Chisasibi, the community lived on the island of Fort-George, situated at the mouth of the la Grande River. The re-localisation from the island occurred in the 1970’s and the current village is located approximately 10 kilometers away. The La Grande generating stations would evidently change the flow of the river and possibly cause coastal erosion. Given the uncertainty at the time, the Cree decided to move to the main land.
People can still visit Fort-George. Each year, the first nations gather for their meetings and various festivals.
The Heritage and Culture Center of Chisasibi is a museum that reflects the Cree culture and honors ancestral values across the Aayaanischaa. It depicts the learning cycles, trade of information and links between past, present and future generations. Come discover a vibrant culture and share in the heritage across numerous exhibits, stories, chants, traditional activities and our histroy as the The LaGrande river people.
Guided visites offered upon request
Schedule: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Closed from 12-1pm
Northern Quebec is a true paradise for fisherman and hunters alike. Similar to other regions the laws and local practices are governed by the Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory: the residents live in harmony with nature and demonstrate a fundamental respect for the environment.
The boutique allows you to discover the aboriginal culture through traditional art pieces. When you enter, you will be seduced by the smell of larch, tisanes and smoked moose skins ect. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the spirit of the shamans, the masks, peace shields, medicine wheels, pervasive feathers. This boutique is a candy for the eyes, a balm for the ears and a temptation for the hands.