Enjoy a totally one-of-a-kind Aboriginal expedition with the Cree of Eeyou Istchee. Be among the few to tread on land that is largely unexplored by outside visitors and where history and nature are ever-present.
Are you ready for your next Nordic adventure?
The immensity of the landscape will ignite your sense of wonder while the waves of James Bay enhance your feeling of well-being. The Wiinipaakw Tours Solidarity Cooperative provides the exclusive excursion you’ve always looked for and been unable to find – until now!
A unique and authentic experience
Wiinipaakw Tours offers a variety of adventure packages that include cruises on the Bay as well as opportunities to explore the region and discover its communities. Whether you’re looking to get away for a half-day, a whole day, a weekend or several days, we have just the package you need to plan your escape! We can also organize chartered cruises or company events for you. You can even charter our vessels for research expeditions.
Discover our boat excursions and our adventure travel packages
One-day ecotourism cruise leaving from Waskaganish
Summer special for local community residents
Leaving from Waskaganish, where the first ever Hudson’s Bay Company trading post was established, climb aboard our boat and join a certified Cree Captain to explore the beautiful coastal islands of James Bay. Two major bird sanctuaries are located in this part of the bay. Follow our guide on interpretative hikes on these islands that are unexpectedly rich in history. Enjoy a generous picnic while watching Nordic fauna and flora. Keep your eyes peeled – you never know when you’ll spot a beluga or a caribou or even that near-mythical beast, the polar bear.
Leaving from Wemindji, also known as Paint Hills, the boat crosses the magnificent Maquatua River Delta for an unforgettable cruise on James Bay. You’ll discover the Cree community of Wemindji and admire the landscape and natural surroundings of the Paint Hills Islands and the beauty of Old Factory, a historic Cree site. This area is renowned for its huge variety of migrating birds as well as its incredible Nordic fauna and flora, including beluga, seals, and polar bears. Interpretative walks on the islands and picnic included! *Depending on the weather, you can also get to Twin Islands, where the odds of seeing a polar bear are greater!
On this half-day cruise leaving from the community of Wemindji, you’ll cross the river delta to get to the coastal islands where you’ll see Nordic fauna and flora up close. The presence of ochre and quartz at this locality adds dashes of colour to the landscape. This excursion is an opportunity to enjoy the sea and discover Cree culture. Weather and nature permitting, you’ll dock at Walrus Island to enjoy a snack. From there, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view and learn all about caribou, beluga, and polar bear from our certified Cree crew.
Our boats can be chartered for research expeditions, corporate trips, and other group activities. Our vessels can carry from 6 to 10 people, depending on the boat. Per-day pricing ranges from $1,483.50 to $4,282 (before taxes) per boat depending on the type of craft.
Interpersonal interaction and authentic experience are vital features of Wiinipaakw Tours’ offer.
Every expedition is an invitation to get to know our welcoming Cree Captains. Since no one knows the region better than those who grew up here, they were selected to receive training to hone their navigating and itinerary-development skills to make sure you enjoy completely safe travel to the islands of James Bay.
We never engage in mass tourism
Wiinipaakw Tours Solidarity Cooperative’s packages are marketed in collaboration with Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Travel (EIBJT), an agency that can help you plan your stay from start to finish. EIBJT can handle your flight and/or accommodation bookings for you. EIBJT is a Quebec permit-holder.
By choosing Wiinipaakw Tours, you choose a not-for-profit organization created by and for Cree communities. We care about developing sustainable coastal tourism in Eeyou Istchee in harmony with Cree values and nature. That is why we commit never to undermine nature in our region and to protect Nordic wildlife and vegetation. Giving back to communities is one of our priorities, mainly by creating jobs and generating economic benefits. Our watchwords are and will remain respect for Mother Earth, sharing, and hospitality.
A totally safe nature adventure
Safety is the top priority for Wiinipaawk Tours. Our personnel have completed several specialized training courses and are also SIRIUSMEDx-certified for wilderness first-aid and security techniques in remote regions. By booking with EIBJ Travel, all travellers are covered by Air Medic, a company that specializes in emergency airborne medical services for remote regions. As a result, you enjoy total peace of mind during your stay with Wiinipaakw Tours.