Where is Québec’s northernmost point accessible by road? You will find it at the end of the Transtaïga Road! This mythical road was built by Hydro-Québec to connect James Bay’s large reservoirs and hydroelectric dams from west to east. Starting at the junction of the James Bay Road, the road stretches over 666 kilometres all the way to the Caniapiscau reservoir. Along this isolated route you will find outfitters, such as Mirage Outfitter, rest areas, and a few belvederes offering a vantage point over the unique taïga landscape. Take in breathtaking views, raging rivers and, with a little luck, a bear, a wolf or a caribou!
The road is unpaved, but it is well maintained and an easy ride, provided your motorcycle is in good condition and functions well on gravel roads, for a pleasant and safe trip.
Since there is no cell reception up there, you have to go prepared for any contingency. It is recommended to make sure you have appropriate clothing, food and water, regardless of conditions. With gas stations sometimes hundreds of kilometres apart, you may need an extra gas can if your bike can’t cover such long distances. If this Northern adventure sounds like your idea of fun, you can get more information on this route in the motorcycle guide, which you can order or download here or from the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region.
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