I traveled along this road to reach the James Bay Road, rather than going a
few hundred kilometers out of my way to start at the beginning. What's a
few hundred more kilometers of gravel road, anyway?
The North Road starts a little ways north of Chibougamau and runs north and
then west to join the James Bay Highway 407 km later, at km274. It was
constructed as part of the James Bay project, to facilitate access to other
areas of the project. It is a modern gravel road the whole way.
As part of the James Bay project, the James Bay/Northern Quebec Agreement
created the Municipality of James Bay, the largest municipality in the world
with an area of 350,000 square kilometers, yet with a population of only 40,000.
The country from Chibougamau northwards is part of this municipality.
Of all the roads that I traveled on this trip, the North Road was the
emptiest in terms of other traffic. There is only one place to get gas,
285 km from the beginning, at the Cree village of
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