The James Bay Road is
the main road through this region. It runs north from Matagami 620 km to
Radisson and the giant Hydro Quebec James Bay project.
This road is wide and paved for its entire length, with wide
shoulders, and gentle curves and hills. However, it is still very remote,
and it is often drive 15-30 minutes or even longer between vehicles. At night
time there is virtually no traffic at all. The road is generally well
maintained, but parts of the road are showing their age, with some bumpy
sections. It is not a Province of Quebec highway - rather, it is owned and
maintained by the Municipality of James Bay.
There is only one gas station for the
entire length of 620 km, at Km 381. There are no other facilities
whatsoever on the entire highway. You need to check in at Km 6.
There are regular picnic and rest areas to stop and take a
break. There are also regularly spaced campgrounds. However, these often
consist of little more than a parking lot suitable for trailers. You may instead
to choose to camp in old gravel pits, which are plentiful and usually not all
Radisson (at the top end
of the James Bay Road) has most services, but remember that it is still a small
town, of only about 300 people.
For more information about the James Bay Road
CLICK HERE. See also
Driving the James Bay Road.