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Lower Missinaibi

Journey to the Northern Sky

Our Lower Missinaibi Expedition is the perfect package for those looking for a Northern Wilderness adventure, without the rigors of portaging. In fact, many days we rig a sail and enjoy the luxury of a summer tailwind as we sail towards James Bay- the largest estuary in the world! We begin our trip with a flight over Thunderhouse Falls, and land on the Missinaibi River, 40 miles north of the last road, and the last portage.

From here it is a downstream paddle to the town of Moosonee and the historic Cree settlement of Moose Factory on the James Bay coast. After exploring these native frontier villages we return to Cochrane aboard the famous Polar Bear Express Train. This adventure combines the unique natural history of the James Bay Lowlands with the colourful cultural and human history of the aboriginal and early European inhabitants.

2014 Trip Dates

July 13th – 21st, 2014 • 9 day Lower Missinaibi Trip
July  6th – 21st, 2014 • 16 day Lower Missinaibi Trip

NOTE: All participants must meet on the evening of July 12th

Price

9 day trip - $2,075 Canadian dollars + HST
16 day trip - $3250 Canadian dollars + HST


Who's this trip for?

Beginners welcome. No previous skill or experience is necessary to participate on this trip. Expect moderate physical activity, 5-7 hours per day, brief moderate intensity.

Start & Finish

WestWay Motel – Cochrane, Ontario
Upper Missinaibi with Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters

Included in Trip Price

• Westway Motel in Cochrane (first night)
• Pick up at Timmins Airport
• Transportation to Hearst Air Base from Cochrane
• Float Plane to the river
• All meals & Group Equipment
• Professional Guides and All Safety Equipment
• Tents & Thermarests (if needed)
• Polar Bear Express Train
• Interior Camping Permits

Not included:

• Single Supplement (hotels & tent)
• Transportation to and from the trip rendez-vous point
• Accommodations on the night after the trip (we can arrange this)
• Guide Gratuities

How do I join?

Call our reservations specialist toll free (855) 226-6366 or email us (trips@missinaibi.com) to book your trip.
 

Trip Itinerary


DAY 0-1:
Cochrane – Hearst – Bull Moose Bay
The adventure begins in Cochrane, where you will arrive the evening before the trip. After meeting your guide and the other participants, you will spend the night at the WestWay motel (included in package). Saturday morning you will be transported by van/truck to Hearst, where you will board a float plane. The 40 minute flight carries us over Thunderhouse Falls, and drops us on the river on the Hudson Bay Lowlands.

DAY 2 -3: Bull Moose Bay
The river trip begins when the canoes leave the clay shore of our first night's camp, and feel the pull of the north-flowing current. The towering clay cliffs of the Lowlands speed by as the river moves you at 8-10kms per hour. Lunch is served at the confluence of one of the many rivers, and after a few hours of paddling, camp is set up on one of the islands in the river.

DAY 4 - 7: Lower River Run
The high cliffs have given way to clay and limestone river banks as the Missinaibi speeds North. The banks are lined with aspen, elm and birch, while the many islands in the river host enormous white spruce, dating back hundreds of years. If a tail wind comes up, and it usually does, we tie the canoes together and sail down the widening river.

DAY 8 - 9: Moosonee
After 8 days on the remote river, we reach the twin communities of Moosonee (mainland) and Moose Factory (Island) home of the Moose Cree First Nation and the first European settlement in Ontario.  We will be camping at Tidewater PP which is across the river from Moosonee. We will have time before catching the evening train to take a tour of the towns and learn some of it's history before returning to Cochrane on the evening train which will bring us back to our vehicles in Cochrane around 11 PM.
Missinaibi River Map

Trip Photos

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