Last update: August 19th, 2021
It is strongly recommended that you check the opening hours and accessibility conditions of each location and attraction before travelling there, by contacting directly the tourist company you wish to visit..
Opening of the Cree communities
The Cree communities are gradually opening again, but several entry conditions apply. It is therefore essential to contact the community's public safety department of the community you wish to visit to find out what conditions apply. Please note that some communities remain closed to visitors.
For the communities of Oujé-Bougoumou, Mistissini, Eastmain, Nemaska, Waswanipi, and Whapmagoostui, proof of complete vaccination (two shots) is required, including children under 12 years of age, in order to enter the community.
Moreover, in the region, it is not the Quebec government's levels of color that apply, but the rules dictated by the Cree Nation Government. The Cree Nation Government determines its own accessibility conditions and the areas of risk. If you come from a region considered "of risk" by the Cree Nation Government, some communities may refuse you the enter. In this regard, residents and non-residents coming from a region considered "at risk" must isolate themselves upon entering a community as of August 20, 2021.
For a list of areas of risk, visit the Cree Nation Government website.
Other conditions may apply from one community to another. It is therefore essential that you check with each community to find out what they are.
Also, please note that most of the attractions located in Cree communities remain closed to visitors, even if they are vaccinated.
In summary, because of the constraints and to fully enjoy your stay in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, we strongly recommend that you postpone your visit to the Cree communities until next year. To find out what packages are available in the region, visit Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Travel. Keep an eye on our social networks and subscribe to our newsletter to learn about our latest offers!
Frequently asked questions about the pandemic
I live in a region other than Eeyou Istchee Baie-James. Can I come to your region now?
Travels to Eeyou Istchee Baie-James are allowed this summer.
The towns of Chibougamau, Chapais, Leble-sur-Quévillon, and Matagami, as well as the localities of Radisson, Valcanton, and Villebois are open to visitors. The majority of tourist attractions and sites are accessible.
However, although the Cree communities are gradually opening again, we strongly recommend that you postpone your visit to the communities until next year in order to fully enjoy your stay. Many entry conditions apply from one community to another. It is essential to check them before you go.
Before coming to visit our region, we invite you to consult the Quebec government website in the section Measures in force by region and to communicate with the businesses you wish to visit to know sanitary measures they apply.
Measures in force by region
Special management for Eeyou Istchee
Travelling from one region to another
I want to go see the James Bay (waterfront). Is this possible?
Access to James Bay is through the Cree communities. Since their access is restricted and entry conditions vary from one community to another, we strongly recommend that you postpone your visit to James Bay until next year.
I want to go camping. Are the campgrounds open?
All campgrounds are open this summer, except for the Camping du lac Matagami.
The rustic sites along the route Billy-Diamond, route du Nord, route Transtaiga and 113 are closed until further notice.
I want to go fishing in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James. Is it possible?
It is possible to go fishing while respecting the sanitary measures recommended by Public Health. The laws and regulations concerning fishing activities remain valid under all circumstances, including the requirement to obtain a licence. For a memorable stay and fishing adventure, you can reserve your stay in one of our outfitters. Contact the businesses to plan your stay.
More information :
- Hunting, fishing and trapping during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Fishing Information in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James
Can I visit hydroelectric dams?
Guided tours at Robert-Bourassa (LG-2) and LG-1 began on June 7, 2021. Reservations are required. Book your visit now by calling 1 800 291-8486 or visit http://www.hydroquebec.com/visit/baie-james/bourassa.html for additionnal information.
Do I need to make reservations before visiting the region?
It is strongly recommended that you check the opening and availability of the location you wish to visit before you visit the area. This will allow you to make the necessary reservations.
Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Travel can assist you with your reservations. Call at 1 855 745-3888 or .
Do you have any other questions? Don't hesitate to write or call us for more details. 1 888 748-8140, ext. 221 or