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Old Posted Oct 2, 2010, 9:43 PM
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Roadtrip to the remotest road in North America (No skyscraper)

North America's remotest road, that is, the road leading to the farthest point from any village in North America, according to Wikipedia, and it's in Quebec!

So, when i found out, I decided to take the trip to there. Caniapiscau, QC. It was last august.

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This thread features the cream of the crop. The whole set on flickr is here

Here goes :

Day 1 : Leaving Trois-Rivières, QC

The road to La Tuque

La Tuque


Arriving into the Lac St-Jean valley

Time to leave civilization!

Lonely telephone booth

Welcome to Chibougamau, I camped there in the back of my car.

Day 2 : Chibougamau, pop.: 7,563

A couple of kilometres north of Chibougamau is the junction with the Route du Nord (North Road) a 406-km gravel road

Not a soul in this winter camp site used for hunting

The newly built Rupert Reservoir Spillway

Rupert River, much quieter than before the dam was built upstream...

The huge Albanel substation, connected with most of the northern power stations

Arriving at Camp Némiscau, some sort of truck stop village in the middle of nowhere

At the end of the 406 km of gravel road is the junction with the much more confortable paved James Bay Road, leading all the way up to Radisson

James Bay Road, taking you everywhere you'd never think of going

The restaurant at Km 381 service area


Wildlife encounters

4 km, just that!

Day 3 : Radisson... I had a flat tire the day before and had to change it with on of the spare winter wheels I brought. I went to the local garage to have a new tire for the upcoming road to the end of the world!

Radisson, pop.: about 300. This is as close to a skyscraper as you will get in this thread, folks!

There we are, the junction with the Transtaiga Road, a dead-end 666-km gravel road leading to the Caniapiscau Reservoir. People in Radisson tried to talk me out of doing this road, but that was the main reason why i came here, so I decided to do it all the way to the end, whatever may happen!

You are here we are not

Gas available at km 286. The guy told me it was the only one along the road, so I filled it to the top, and I already had a spare 5-gallon just in case. That would be enough to reach the end of the road and back here the next day.


Then out of nowhere at km 358 came this massive lodge used by a winderness outfitter, plus unexpectedly they had gas too. Gas along the Transtaiga rd is 1.80$ per liter!

Winter hunting camps are everywhere along the road, but they are empty during summer.

Error 404 : Nobody here!

Camped at Brisay overnight, leaving the bumpiest part of the road for the next day.

Quick tour of Brisay hydroelectric power station

Downtown Brisay?

The road between Brisay and Caniapiscau (where it ends) is the most inhospitable road i've ever been down. Gravel surface is coarser and big stones litter the road, you have to steer around them and reduce speed or they can blow your tires and you don't want that to happen in this godforsaken region!

Counting the vehicles. I met 34 vehicles during the 1332 km trip on the Transtaïga road and back over 2 days, most of which were Hydro-Quebec trucks.

Just waiting to blow your tires

The last km sign. The road ends 4 km ahead

Caniapiscau welcomes you

One of the huge dams

We are at the end of the road. Welcome to the Caniapiscau Reservoir Spillway!

End of the road, The next village accessible by road is Radisson at 745 km, one day drive.

The long way back

Laforge-2 hydroelectric power station

LG4 hydroelectric power station

Keyano, a small Hydro-Quebec community.

Back at the junction with the James Bay Road. I officially survived the Transtaiga road with my small car!

And now, let the show begin!

Day 5, Radisson

LG1 hydroelectric power station

Arriving at the river crossing to Fort George Island, a former trading post of the Budson Bay Company, near Chisasibi

Abandoned church

One of the two building that remains from the trading post. More stuff was being excavated behind

James bay

Chisasibi, pop.: 3972

Getting back south. The mighty Eastmain river bridge

Rupert River Bridge

Day 6 : Matagami. Pop.: 1555

Amos. Pop.: 12,584

Val-d'Or, pop.: 31,123

Isolated road, yeah right

Near the village of Grands-Remous


The end

Thanks for watching!
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Old Posted Oct 2, 2010, 10:02 PM
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Holy crap, I know what those roads are like out in the middle of nowhere. They pretty rattle your brain out after a while with all the gradnig they do on em. Pretty awesome thread man. I bet you had no celll service at all, wouldnt want to get a flat all the way out there.
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Old Posted Oct 2, 2010, 10:53 PM
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Is this in your car? It's surprisingly cosy.

Looks like you had an amazing trip, although it must have been very bumpy!
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Well that was different, and would be a shame to break down on that road.
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What an unexpected and amazing journey. I really admire the ambition and determination behind this trip.

I saw some northern lights in Wisconsin once, all green like that. Very cool.

The far northern wilderness scenes were captivating, especially because I will likely never make it up that far.
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Epic! Thanks for taking us along with you.
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What an amazing tour.
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Fascinating. What paradoxically nightmarish yet wonderful desolation. Great pics!
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Old Posted Oct 3, 2010, 12:36 AM
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What an awesome idea for a road trip! Thanks for showing a part of North America most of us will never experience.
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You should get some sort of an award for this photographic journal. Wish I could have gone with you on the trip!
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What a truly astounding and memorable thread and so many photos of such amazing quality. You have a wonderful eye matched only by your incredible sense of adventure. Big thanks!!!
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A true experience of Canada's vast wilderness. Thanks for sharing. Is the script on the stop sign, Cree? These roads are all thanks to Hydro Quebec's massive projects.

I found another photo journey of these roads about a month ago and both have been wonderfully informative.

Love to see a photo journey someday of the Dempster Highway to Inuvik Northwest Territories and the recently completed Trans-Labrador Highway. Both cover very remote parts of Canada.

I wonder if the north shore Highway 138 in Quebec will ever be completed. That would be another wonderful remote journey.
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Amazing tour! Thanks!
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Pretty damn amazing!
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Wow! I would love to do something similar one day!
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Incredible! No way to sugar-coat it, you have some balls to drive to the middle of nowhere just to say that you were there. I would think that if something went wrong on that desolate road that you'd have to hope that someone stopped by or just prepare to meet God. A road like this is the real deal.
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Wow - the journey itself makes for an amazing thread, and to have such great photos on top just makes it mind blowing.

Love this one

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bravo! Amazing photos!
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Beautiful tour!

Is this aurora borealis alias northern lights? Beautiful!
In northern Sweden it is also possible to behold "norrsken".

What's up with the lack of license plates? Are license plates not used in the fronts of cars in North America anymore?
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