I traveled along this road to
reach the James Bay Road, rather than going a few hundred kilometers out of
my way to start at the beginning. What's a few hundred more kilometers of
gravel road, anyway?
The North Road starts a little
ways north of Chibougamau and runs north and then west to join the James Bay
Highway 407 km later, at km274. It was constructed as part of the James
Bay project, to facilitate access to other areas of the project. It is a
modern gravel road the whole way.
As part of the James Bay project,
the James Bay/Northern Quebec Agreement created the Municipality of James Bay,
the largest municipality in the world with an area of 350,000 square kilometers,
yet with a population of only 40,000. The country from Chibougamau
northwards is part of this municipality.
Of all the roads that I traveled
on this trip, the North Road was the emptiest in terms of other
traffic. There is only one place to get gas, 285 km from the beginning, at
the Cree village of Nemaska.
Please note that this travelogue is not designed
as a guide to the North Road.
Click here for a guide.