The Albany north channel has been marked as closed due to the high water and the fact that it hasn't frozen yet. A SUV is stuck on the crossing. There will be another high tide at 4 am so for the time being we will keep the Albany North crossing closed to transport traffic.
Light (pickup) traffic can still travel north if they detour through the shortcut between Fort Albany and Kashechewan.
The James Bay Winter Road is open to loads of to 80 000 lbs or 36 500 kgs from Moosonee to Fort Albany.
Thanks for your patience. Please use caution when approaching any equipment working on the road.
As a reminder, here are the usage guidelines for the JBWR (borrowed from the Wetum road guidelines):
- Check the weather and the tides before diriving on the road
- Drive with caution and obey posted speed limits
- Respect the environment – please do not litter while on the road
- Obey all posted signs
- Be mindful of heavy equipment working on the road
- No parking of vehicles along the road
- Vehicles that break down must be removed within 48 hours
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
Sections One Road Foreman: Gordon Etherington Sr.
Section Two/Three Road Foreman: Ricky Nakogee
Sections Four Road Foreman: Steve Hookimaw
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