Dive site characteristics

Types Sea dive Shipwreck dive Structure dive Deep dive Night dive
Conditions Visibility more or less reduced Thermocline or cold water
Interests Sea stars Sea shells
Providers Parking Boat ramp Restaurant Swimming Picnic tables W.C. Bathroom
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

Behavior to have: respect the environment and the fauna.

Some usefull informations:
Radisson Hospital Center 819-638-8991 (Emergency 819-638-8094)
Sûreté du Québec, provincial police 819-638-8788 (local station)

The dives are done from shore (except otherwise). The water current is mild (except otherwise). Ask to local people. The dives are done in sea water, watch your buoyancy. Raise the weight on your weight belt accordingly. A 7.5mm thick neoprene wet suit is mandatory (fill it with warm water just before the dive). A dry suit is a better choice with thermal protection. Water temperature oscillates around 4°C (40°F).

It is important to note that if you do your dive from the shore, a dive flag is mandatory. Be carefull with the wildlife and accidental wounds. Watch you buoyancy. Take note that in case of emergency, the cell phone cannot be used, have a safety diver on the surface.

Entry points

Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to dive with somone knowing the dive site.

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Driving directions

Don’t get into trouble, bring your C-card with you.

From Montreal, take highway 15 going North toward Ste-Agathe. Just after highway 15 merges with road 117. Follow it toward Mont-Laurier. Follow the road up to signs where the road splits between 111 and 113. The 111 leads to Val d’Or and Amos. While the 113, by following the R-1055, leads to Matagami. You may decide to sleep to one of the cities (or another one you will encounter). By one or the other way, you will find yourself to Matagami. As indicative, from Matagami you will have made ~800km with ~600km to do the next day.

In Matagami, don’t forget to fill up your gaz tank. Take James Bay road. At km 6, a clerk will give all the maps and tourist guides of the region. Next stop will be at km 381. Don’t forget to take gaz...and food. Continue after up to Radisson. Take then road for Chisasibi. Park your vehicule in the parking lot of the commercial center. The entire trip is done on asphalted road up to Radisson. There is another route from Chibougamau but ~390km has to be done on gravel road.

For the long drive in low populated area, it is mostly recommended to carry the following things: flashlight, basic tools, clothes and sheets (or sleeping bag), spare wheels, distress flares, rope, knife or small axe, insect repellent, cash money, first aid kit, water and food. This might greatly help you.

The one way trip takes 2 days. Take note that lodging and meal fees may be 20 to 40% higher than in Montreal for example. The cell phone won’t work any longer on the James Bay road, there are satellite phones at regular interval along the road in case of emergency. Among other things to see in the area: there is the old warehouse of the Hudson Bay Co., Fort-George Island (10km away) and the Robert-A.-Boyd park and of course all the hydro-electric dams (get informations from Québec Hydro).

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