It takes 8-12 Hard Inches

Now that I have your attention, I’m talking about ice thickness before a light pickup can travel on it.

ice-thickness-chart1

A big part of living and working in the James Bay area of Moosonee, Moose Factory, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Attawapiskat is the dependency on the winter roads.  The winter roads are vital links to get materials like lumber, fuel and other items that require a community to operate.

Having worked for James Bay General as the only I.T. person for 3 remote communities, the winter road was vital to part of my work.  I would leave Moosonee early in the morning with a coffee, sandwich, few snacks, winter gear, and a lighter, just in case.


I would prefer to drive as I was no longer tied to an airline schedule and could travel between Fort Albany and Attawapiskat as required.

The road between Moosonee and Moose Factory opens a whole new community to access from both sides. Moose Factory does not have a LCBO and Moosonee does not have GG’s a local general store that has just about anything you need.

This is a shot of the glare ice on the Moose River that will accommodate snow machines, vehicles, buses, transport trucks and fuel trucks.


April lends way to break up where the massive force of the Moose River tears the thick ice to shreds, but that’s another story for spring.

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