sorry i just got back from an oversea trip. my trip basically went like this.
toronto to cochrane, sleep there for the night, and took the polar express to moosonee, once i got there and took a local tour with one of the taxi drivers, thats when he told me i can actually drive up here in the winter time, so after a few hours on the reserve i took the train back to cochrane and slept there another night. the next day i started drive to otter rapids. From there, road ends and winter ice road begins, keep driving to moose factory, cross the ice river to moosonee, then continue on ice road to attawapiskat. in terms of gas, once you get to cochrane, definitely have at least another 20l jerrycan in the trunk, because the next gas station is at moose factory. from moose factory, the next gas station is fort albany, but when i was there they had fuel shortage, thank god i had enough gas to go all the way to attawapiskat. keep in mind, there's no 24h gas station once you pass cochrane, so make sure u get your gas before 4pm.
oh, and it's piss scary pouring gas on the ice road in the middle of the night, #1 its -40c outside so your hands freeze within minutes, #2 you dont know where a wolf can jump out because it's absolutely pitch black, so i blasted the music with my door open while pouring gas and take a piss to leave my markings.
the people are the native reserves are actually very friendly, im asian so they all thought i was native based on my looks. when i was buying gas they all asked me for my native card.
Thanks for the follow-up !!
I'm only a few hours away from Timmins (and Cochrane), on the Quebec side, so I'm not unfamiliar with James Bay. Have never driven on an ice road though. Would LOVE to some day, being a winter person.
For those wondering : -40C = -40F (it's where both scales meet), and a 20L (litre) jug of gas is 5 gallons (US).
Yeah when I said you drove in the daytime, I didn't even thing about gas stations being closed at night, in the middle of nowhere.
So you were alone in the Jeep ? How many other vehicules (roughly) did you see on the ice roads ? In case you had mechanical failure or ran out of gas... Forget cell phone service up there, unless you have a satellite phone.
Wolves are afraid of humans and I doubt they would be attracted by a motor vehicule, especially on a flat open surface with no place to hide, but they would be curious about the *territory marking* though, so zip up quick and get back in the Jeep in a hurry, haha. Polar bears on the other hand, are not so scared of... anything... lol. No polar bears where you were, not high (North) enough.
How did you find morale in Attawapiskat, after all they've been through ?