3-hour James Bay Eco-cruise

First coastal tour of the James Bay

Led by Cree captain & guide

Picnic lunch included

The haven that is the James Bay has so much to offer anyone that visits it, especially nature lovers. In this more comprehensive tour, we’ll stop at not one but two of the beautiful islands within the bay. With some light hiking and Cree stories over lunch, you will feel closer to Wemindji than ever.

Tour highlights

Enjoy panoramic views of the James Bay as you cruise by island after island.

Savor a meal with your Cree guide and captain -- this is the best time to get insider knowledge on the Cree experience.

See marine and terrestrial wildlife up close with your stops on Paint Hill and Walrus Islands.

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!

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Trip details
Price

CAD $310 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

3 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
  • Picnic lunch
  • Well-trained and knowledgeable captain and tour guide

Please let us know at the time of booking your tour if you have any dietary restrictions, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Overview
Experience the James Bay and its raw outdoors at length

The rugged, wild James Bay has so much to offer, and on this 3-hour tour, you’ll get to see that much more of it. This excursion expands on the 2-hour tour, so you’ll still see the traditional Cree summer camps, observe marine and terrestrial wildlife, and learn about Cree culture. You’ll also have the chance to get off the boat and out into nature with stops at two of the breathtaking islands on this arctic bay.

The first stop is to one of the famous Paint Hill Islands. These natural beauties offer incredible panoramic views of the James Bay and its other islands, and on one of these islands is the first stop for the tour. After a short, moderate hike, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best vistas that Northern Quebec has to offer.

After getting back on the boat, you’ll head toward Walrus Island, where you’ll witness the bay’s marine residents from a closer distance. This is our chosen picnic spot where you will have the chance to share a meal with your guide and captain as well as direct any questions about culture, history, or anything else Cree at them. This tour will really get you out into the wilderness of the great white north and immersed into the local Cree culture.

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 became a professional 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.

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.