The 22/23 JBWR is CLOSED

We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to all the contractors and everyone that made this year's road possible. We look forward to building next year's road and wish everyone safe seasons ahead. 



Friday, March 31 @ 6:00 p.m - Closing the JBWR road to heavy traffic  

Sunday, April 2 - Closing the JBWR road to light traffic. 


9 AM MARCH 26 - Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close the road to hauling today as well – the road degraded quite a bit yesterday due to the warm weather and it won’t get cold enough to do repairs until tomorrow according to the weather forecast.  We plan to reopen at 10 pm this evening. 

March 22 2023 - We are increasing the maximum Gross Vehicle Weight limit on the James Bay Winter Road effective immediately to 68 600 kgs.  


The James Bay Winter Road connects the communities of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, and Kashechewan to Moosonee through the annual construction and maintenance of an ice road. From Moosonee there is a rail link to the main Ontario provincial highway system at Cochrane.

The James Bay Winter Road is operated and managed by Kimesskanemenow LP, a limited partnership between the four communities it connects, Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Moose Cree First Nations. The word kimesskanemenow is a Cree word which means our road.

This website provides road users with up to date road status and conditions, and provides access to the past newsletters, employment opportunities with Kimesskanemenow LP, and contact information.


Road Manager:  Nancy Wood

Assistant General Manager:  Tricia Isaac

Sections One and Two Road Foreman:  Gordon Etherington Sr.

Sections Three and Four Road Foreman:  Steve Hookimaw

Board of Directors

President: Nancy Wood

Vice President:  Guy Ginter

Secretary/Treasurer: Randy Chase

Directors from Attawapiskat: Mike Okimaw
Director from Fort Albany: Agathe Nakogee
Director from Kashechewan: Wilie Friday Jr.
Director from Moose Cree: Erin Biedermann

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