How far north can you ride in Ontario?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Thraan, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. Thraan

    Thraan Long timer

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    I'm thinking of planning a trip next summer and would like to get up to James Bay or Hudson Bay on my KLR.

    You can get pretty far north in Quebec up the James Bay road...
    http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=chisasibi,+quebec&ie=UTF8&z=5&ll=50.092393,-76.245117&spn=17.507432,54.580078&om=1

    ...but how far north can you get in Ontario? There is no road through the muskeg to Moosonee, but there is a rail line. Can you ride alongside the rail line? Is that even advisable? Has anyone done it? The muskeg seems pretty impassable otherwise...

    In Manitoba you can get as far north as Gillam...

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Alan
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  2. Viking

    Viking Ækt trønder!!

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    I think I have seen something about Windigo Lake,:ear :clap It is supposed to be the furthest north you can go in Ontario.

    Just give us the date and we will be there:D :D
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  3. Drif10

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    By road, Windigo is it.

    You can reach James Bay on the east coast, but Hudson Bay can only be reached by rail in Manitoba, at Churchill.
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  4. Thraan

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    Thanks guys!
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  5. jimbemotumbo

    jimbemotumbo Motard

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    Must go there. Think I can get a discount since my name is "James Bay"?
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  6. Thraan

    Thraan Long timer

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    I found a few links for the Quebec James Bay route...

    I see Viking did the trip in three days! Wow! :eek1
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...106586&page=45

    http://jamesbayroad.com/

    I just got my first motorcycle in mid September. I got my bike on a Saturday, M1 license and insurance on Monday, signed up for the RTI M2 course on Tuesday and passed it the following Saturday. I'm still on my M1 license until mid November (60 days!!) so I can't ride at night or on highways yet, but I've put almost 2,000km on the KLR so far, with about 300km on gravel, snowmobile trails and Ganaraska forest.

    I'm going to be signing up with RallyConnex in the spring, but after reading about Viking's trip, I'll have to go up to Radisson and see it all before they dam up the Rupert river, maybe May 24 weekend... So many roads, so little time! :)
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  7. Fin

    Fin Kahoon's my daddy!

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    Thraan

    I think I can speak for some of the others on this site by saying... "Man I like your style." :lol3 Good on ya. You better plan on joining us in the spring for some rides.

    Fin
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  8. steve gs

    steve gs Been here awhile Supporter

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    You guys have put a major alteration in my travel plans for next year. :eek1 My head is still spinning.:freaky

    Have been lurking on this site as of late to see if there was a route to the Bay and/or joining in on a ride.

    Thraan, I have just spent the last hour checking out the James Bay Road site (did the virtual tour and checked out the other info) and the westward leg over to the bay. This is a MUST DO for me in the fall of 07. Thanks.

    The question I have is my work schedule is usually maxed until Sept. I think I saw the phrase "land of six seasons" somewhere and given that, is Sept or Oct too late. Would prefer cooler weather and fewer bugs anyway.

    Viking, didn't you just recently (October) make that run.
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  9. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    I've been on the west coast of James Bay in October before.

    Expect snow. It should be passable, but expect it.
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  10. Ridemuch

    Ridemuch Ciao

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    make sure to take a lot of pics.......
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  11. Viking

    Viking Ækt trønder!!

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    I did the James bay trip in the end of Sept, it was cold at times but doable. I wouldnt do it any later than that.:D
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  12. tor1150r

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    According to all of my Ontario maps, looks like Pickle Lake on Hwy 599.
    Hwy 599 runs north off the Trans-Can about 100 km west of Thunder Bay.
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  13. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    Highway 599 starts 220 km west of Thunder Bay.


    It keeps going, stops about 270 km north of Pickle Lake.

    I just talked to my friend working up at the Musslewhite mine, the
    snow is drifted up to 14 feet in places. He can't see anything out the windows of the bunkhouse at the mine right now.
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    I stand corrected ZZR...yup, approx 240 km west (GPS). I took a quick look at my wall map and guessed around 100 km!
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  15. RedRyder

    RedRyder Jose Adventurista

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    This is IT. End of the road:1drink

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    If you are coming up this way give me a pm and I would be happy to ride with you.
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  16. Thraan

    Thraan Long timer

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    Thanks Fin, I'd love to get in on some group rides!
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  17. Fin

    Fin Kahoon's my daddy!

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    Then keep one eye on the Ontario Riders thread cause we seem to congregate there. There will definately be a few groupings next summer for sure. :D

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  18. ZZR_Ron

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    This is right around the area where RedRyder and I live , although he's a bit closer to that area.

    Oddly enough, we've never met.
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  19. Machster50

    Machster50 Gettin' there

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    Just found this thread - as you can see, I can help with any info for riding in the northeast. Cochrane is the end of the road but you can ride North.
    I would recommend for bragging rights, that you put your bike on the little bear train and then get off and ride at Moosonee. Dont ride the tracks - or you'll freak once you see the bridges/ tressles on the way up. Trains don't follow a regular sched either - too dangerous.

    Anyway, if anyone wants to head up this way, drop me a line. OTher options include following forest access roads as far up as you can, or the Detour lake hwy # 652. Lots of places to ride here. :ear

    Hope this helps
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