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Old 18-06-2012, 06:53   #1
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Quick cruise to James Bay

In ealy Aug. This year I'm planning to cruse James Bay with a buddy of mine for about a 10 day trip. Any one have any advice?
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Old 18-06-2012, 07:03   #2
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Re: Quick cruise to James Bay

I Apologize for my ignorance but which James bay are you talking about? Is it James Bay, Canada?
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Yes. We will start at Ruper's Bay in the north east.
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Re: Quick cruise to James Bay

I was just in a place called James Bay out of Anacortes, maybe not the same place?
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Re: Quick cruise to James Bay

Make sure you have enough mosquito and fly repellant, and the winds can pick up. Did a canoe trip to Moosonee one year and trained out as there was no road access there.

What's the nature of the access at Rupert's Bay.

Read about Henry Hudson's adventure to that area.
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Captain G not the same place.
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Re: Quick cruise to James Bay

You probably need to be a little more specific. James Bay, thanks to the obsequious habit of naming places after royalty our fore bearers had, is a pretty common name.
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Make sure you have enough mosquito and fly repellant, and the winds can pick up. Did a canoe trip to Moosonee one year and trained out as there was no road access there.

What's the nature of the access at Rupert's Bay.

Read about Henry Hudson's adventure to that area.
Good advice.

Rupert's Bay has road access through the province of Quebec. The road is in good shape and supports the hydro-electric dam projects that have gone up in the area over the last few years. MAC-A-TAC is easily trailered and launched.

Canoe and kayaks are common enough but no one seems to sail in the area ... well not much since the days of Henry and his fellows.

Rupers's bay is famous as the first commercial fur trading port to Canada.

The tides can be interesting as well.

Did you enjoy the canoe trip?
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Re: Quick cruise to James Bay

Just below Hudson bay in northern Canada
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Re: Quick cruise to James Bay

Ah, that James Bay. So you're plan is to trailer your boat up I gather. Interesting trip. Where would you put in?
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Re: Quick cruise to James Bay

I read an article in one of the sailing magazines about 10 yrs ago about a couple who sailed the area...look out for polar bears, although this time of the year they should be farther north.
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Rupert's Bay at a town named Waskaganish ( Formally Fort Rupert ). About 51Deg28' N 78Deg45 ' W. French, English and Cree is spoken.
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Polar Bears would be a fantastic sight but not a welcome visitor for sure. Hope to see a great deal of wildlife though. Wouldn't happen to know which magazine the article is in would you?
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No, sorry, I don't remember what it was in.
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Good advice.

Rupert's Bay has road access through the province of Quebec. The road is in good shape and supports the hydro-electric dam projects that have gone up in the area over the last few years. MAC-A-TAC is easily trailered and launched.

Canoe and kayaks are common enough but no one seems to sail in the area ... well not much since the days of Henry and his fellows.

Rupers's bay is famous as the first commercial fur trading port to Canada.

The tides can be interesting as well.

Did you enjoy the canoe trip?
It was a tough trip due heavy headwinds and white caps once we dropped off the shield and into the wider water. To avoid mosquitoes and flies, we often would cook and eat on any rock outcropping we could find in the river away from shore and then just go to shore to set up a tent and crawl in.

I think the history of that area is just fascinating and something ignored in most U.S. American history teachings. Many don't realize that while the first U.S. colonies were barely clinging to the coast, the fur traders had explored vast areas of the interior of North America. (The Hudson Bay company obviously based out of forts on Hudson Bay)

I've paddled some of the Churchill, but never to the bay (More around Wollaston and Reindeer Lakes) would love to do the Hayes someday due to the history and beauty.

I know along much of the west shore the mud flats mean much of the land is only accessible at high tide. I saw one photo of boaters stuck in the mud a mile out waiting for tide.

The S. Nahanni in NWT was one of my favorite trips ever, but that's pretty far removed from cruising or Hudson Bay.

Have a great trip, be safe, and be sure to give us a trip report when you are finished - I'd love to hear about it!
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