2-hour James Bay Eco-cruise

First coastal tour of the James Bay

Led by Cree captain & guide

Most economic coastal tour (with add-ons)

Get out onto the James Bay and learn firsthand about the culture and wildlife that Northern Quebec has to offer. On this tour, you’ll learn some of the basics of Cree culture, including their traditional method of harvesting plants and animals. You’ll also become familiar with the islands close to Wemindji on the James Bay, where sightings of the naturally occurring marine flora and fauna are guaranteed.

Tour highlights

Two hours of boat time will maximize your opportunities to see flora and fauna of the James Bay.

Glimpse the traditional Cree summer camp establishments along the coastline.

The tour changes depending on the conditions of the day -- no two tours are quite the same!

Optional (additional cost): take a short hike on Long Island so that you can get closer to the Wemindji wilderness.

Optional (additional cost): personalized information about the area from your knowledgeable, native tour guide.

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Trip details
Price

Starting at CAD $219 per person


Departure time

Inquire about the dates and times we have available by contacting us.


Meeting point

Our office in the Maquatua Inn Hotel Lounge.
Please arrive 45 minutes before your scheduled time for a safety presentation and waiver signing.


Season

Summer 2019, July 1 – September 7


Availablity

Every day
Note: tours are not given without reservations.


Tour duration

2 hours on the bay (not including the 45 minutes of prep time)


Group size

Minimum 2 people, maximum 6 people


About the vehicle

6-passenger motor boat


Included
  • Life vest
  • Safety orientation
  • Well-trained boat captain
Overview
A taste of the James Bay and surrounding wilderness

With just two hours out of your day, we will give you a relaxing tour of the James Bay that’s packed full of information about the Cree culture and the origin of the Wemindji community. You’ll spend about 15 minutes on the boat as we make our way to the first island. It is here that you will be able to take a moderate hike to enjoy the foliage and the untouched Québécois outdoors if you have arranged this for an additional cost. Once back on the boat, soak up the incredible views of the coastline and neighbouring islands and keep your eye out for native birds and marine fauna. There is always a possibility of seeing other wildlife as well; geese and caribou tend to be pretty common sights, but every now and then we see a beluga or even a polar bear.

Of course, this tour provides you with plenty to see. However, there is also a great amount to hear about. Your tour guide and captain are members of the Cree Nation themselves and they have plenty of stories to share about their people and way of life. During the tour, you will be able to see the traditional Cree summer camp tipis on the shore as your guide speaks about the annual summer activities of the camps. (Note: a personalized service from our tour guide is not included on the basic tour.)

Your captain will determine which route to take depending on the weather conditions on the day of your tour, so the itinerary may be subject to change.

What to bring

Windproof/waterproof jacket and pants

Warm clothing, hat, gloves, scarf -- it gets very cold out on the bay!

Closed toe shoes

Water bottle

Camera (waterproof or in waterproof case)

If sunny: sunglasses, sunscreen

About your guide
Meet the locals on your tour

When touring a foreign place with a culture that’s different from your own, the key to not only enjoying the tour but also coming to understand the culture is a great guide. Our incredible team has been hand-picked to provide a dynamic and informative experience as well as a great time in our home.

Your captain on this tour, Captain Ernie “Duke,” has years of experience with navigating boats, so not to worry — he knows what he’s doing. Though he originally learned to drive a boat to hunt and fish, he enjoyed the role of captain for several years with Moosonee Transport Limited. He’s a native of Wemindji, so living his whole life here gives him that unique Cree perspective.

Providing you with insider knowledge on the James Bay and the Cree community is your enthusiastic tour guide, James. He’s been certified as a tour guide and a captain, so he’s a great resource to have on land and out on a boat (just in case you still had doubts). This extremely friendly and easy-going guy will teach you everything you need to know and answer any and all questions on your tour. James’ services are available at an additional cost.

Learn more about our team here.

Good to know

Reservations

  • Due to the nature of adventure travel, the itinerary outlined here is subject to change.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.

Safety

  • Each child under the age of 16 aboard must be accompanied by at least one adult.
  • Children ages 5 and up are allowed on the boat, but they must be able to wear a life vest, sit by themselves, and behave appropriately.
  • Infants are not allowed on the boats due to the possibility of harsh temperatures.
  • The captain may advise against the presence of very young children on the tour in the event of abnormally cold weather or an adverse situation that could affect passenger safety.
  • Passengers that are pregnant, have limited mobility, or experience back issues are not permitted aboard for their own safety.
  • Animals are not permitted aboard the watercraft.

Waivers

  • Before starting the cruise, an acknowledgment of risk form and a waiver of responsibility for the passengers’ own personal belongings must be signed by each passenger or his/her guardian (if under 18).
  • Waivers will be available at our office for review prior to departure.
FAQ
Do I need to have boat experience?

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No previous experience is required for this tour. This tour is ideal for all — families, single travelers, older couples, and much more.

What safety measures do you take on the boat?

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Prior to departure, we will have a safety presentation where we go over our boat safety protocol and issue life vests to each passenger.

Are children allowed?

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Children ages 5 and up are allowed on the boat, but they must be able to wear a life vest, sit by themselves, and behave appropriately.

Infants are not allowed on the boats due to the possibility of harsh temperatures.

The captain may advise against the presence of very young children on the tour in the event of abnormally cold weather or an adverse situation that could affect passenger safety.

Is this tour unsuitable for anyone?

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Passengers that are pregnant, have limited mobility, or experience back issues are not permitted aboard for their own safety. Additionally, we do not allow animals aboard.

Can I make my tour private?

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Yes. Please note that your group must be at least 4 people. When inquiring about a tour, please indicate your interest in making the tour private.

What sort of animals can I expect to see?

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In Wemindji, we have a lot of native animals that we commonly see on our boat excursions. While it’s entirely possible that you see geese, moose, grey wolves, caribou, or even polar bears, please remember that they are in their natural habitat. We cannot guarantee sighting of any particular animal.

What’s your cancellation policy?

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Guests will be issued a full refund if the tours are cancelled within 24 hours of the departure time. Anytime after that, no refund will be issued.