Waskaganish

The friendly community of Waskaganish (population of about 1700) is located in the James-Bay Region, a short walk to the historic and majestic Rupert River, where a trading post operated for some 300 years.

Waskaganish means “Little House” in Cree language. It got the name from the description given by the ancestors to the building of the trading posts. Everywhere in the community guests will discover the living history of the contemporary Cree culture.

People seeking adventure can travel by freighter canoe along the coast and to the island. However, the locals recommend the use of an experienced guide who knows the shoals, tides, channels and weather of the bay.

Nature explorers and photographers will find an abundance of subjects as this is one of North America’s premier areas for migratory birds. In fact, one survey at the end of the XX century showed a record for the number of species seen in one day in Northern Canada. The territory is also known for its inland waterways.

The Rupert River was a traditional highway to the interior. Nowadays, every summer a canoe brigade led by local elders takes Cree youth up the river for 28 days, teaching them the secrets of the life. During another important event, families gather at the first set of rapids of the Rupert to harvest sea-going white-fish and trout.

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