Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
If you camp just north of Matagami at the first public campground, be prepared for large crowds, many gasoline generators and limited tent sites, all on sand. That being said, it's a great jump off point for the next day. When Ken and I rode the JBR we experienced temperatures in the neighbourhood of 35 degrees Celsius on the ride up that dropped to 6 degrees C. on the trip back two days later, with torrential rain. Be prepared for the weather and the bugs, (we never experienced many, but it's northern Canada after all!), but above all be prepared for a life altering experience. It's an amazing trip on one of the few remaining truly remote routes. In Radisson, the hotel chef was a young turk from Cape Breton and his cooking was phenomenal. Think house smoked Arctic char and duck confit Eggs Benedict. The natives are extremely friendly, especially if you show interest in their culture and history.
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