True North Strong and Free

Depending on whether Nefarious is coming back this week or not, I may leave in the next day or two and take the Polar Bear Express up to Moosonee, a small community (one of the few left that can not be reached by road) up on James Bay and then maybe fly up to Attawapiskat or into Nunavut, returning early next week. It will be in many ways the exact opposite of the vacation I just took, yet there will still be many parallels. I’ll be going on this trip by myself since Caitlin has work obligations, so maybe I’ll get more writing done on this one.

[Edit: Weather forecast says it’s going to be raining, so I’m delaying this.]



  1. evan wrote:

    off topic, but i thought you may be interested in this.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 8:55 am | Permalink
  2. Twwly wrote:

    Would LOVE to get up there myself. I hope you take loads of pictures.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  3. Danielle wrote:

    I went to Moosonee with my family when I was in my teens and was shocked at how isolated the community there was. Because the town is only accessible by train and bush plane, cars were not required to be licensed and the roads were not paved. Then, I thiought it was a desolate place but I think I’d like to see it again through the perspective of an adult’s eyes.

    Enjoy yourself and with any luck you will also see the Northern Lights.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 11:23 am | Permalink
  4. Bookie_Chick wrote:

    I remember doing the same trip when I was Ari’s age. Moosonee and then off to Summer Beaver and then back to Armstong in an Otter Twin Turbo bush plane. I’ll always remember that trip.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Permalink
  5. Shannon wrote:

    I think I may wait until she’s back to do the trip, if there’s time — the Polar Bear Express train looks like it’s tons of fun for kids, with a dedicated playroom car!!!

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Permalink
  6. norma wrote:

    Shannon, we went on this trip about 3 years ago. Spent 2 days in Cochrane, and then onto the Polar Bear express. I am sure this train ride would be great for kids.
    We crossed from Moosenee to Moose Factory.
    The trip was wonderful, we visited a native art gallery in Cochrane where we purchased two pieces of native art for our granddaughters.
    Would do this trip again.
    Enjoy and take your little girl with you.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 7:01 am | Permalink
  7. starbadger wrote:

    the opening of the north west passage
    is the story

    Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 1:40 am | Permalink
  8. Elizabeth wrote:

    I’m just still ruminating on whether you imply that you are “finger lickin’ good” or that you have a secret recipe, or believe in the power of the pressure cooker. So many questions to the Colonel Sanders reference. :P

    Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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