Waswanipi, Eeyou Istchee, James Bay, tourism, Northern Quebec

OUR COMMUNITIES - Waswanipi

Where Our Light On The Water Marks the Gateway to the James Bay Region

The modern community of Waswanipi is located on the Waswanipi River, where we resettled in the late 1970s.  Waswanipi, means "Light on the Water" and is the name we took for ourselves many years ago. It  describes a time when we used the light of torches fuelled by pine tar, to catch fish that had gathered to spawn in the cold, dark waters.

While the development of the region has had an impact on our lands and community, we are committed to the sustainable management of  our resources and have been selected to take part in Canada's "model forest network." For the tourist, Waswanipi offers a variety of services and attractions. Our outfitters offer premier fishing and other outdoor adventures in any season. We have locally owned businesses to provide you with meals, groceries, supplies and equipment. Although we do not yet have a hotel, there is lodging available on a limited basis or you can select a secluded spot on which to pitch a tent.

We have hiking and cross-country ski trails, rustic camping spots, and a number of beautiful lakes and several challenging rivers for canoeing and kayaking. Our community offers a variety of interesting cultural events and festivals throughout the year, including a pow-wow in mid-June and our annual gathering at the Old Waswanipi Post in July.

As the southernmost Cree community, we are the gateway the James Bay coast of Eeyou Istchee, and we welcome visitors ready to explore new cultures and new places and to experience a different way of life.

www.waswanipi.com

Hunting

Dreamcatcher Adventures

 

Tel: 819.753.2097  Fax: 819.753.2752  E-mail: abelskitchen@tlb.sympatico.ca

Fishing

Dreamcatcher Adventures

 

Tel: 819.753.2097  Fax: 819.753.2752  E-mail: abelskitchen@tlb.sympatico.ca

Tourism Offices

Waswanipi Tourism

As the southernmost Cree community, we are the gateway the James Bay coast of Eeyou Istchee, and we welcome visitors ready to explore new cultures and new places and to experience a different way of life. If you would like us to help you better plan your visit please contact us: 

Julie Ann Cooper
20-B Poplar
Waswanipi (Quebec)
J0Y 3C0

Tel: 819.753.4000  Fax: 819.753.2299  E-mail: tourism@waswanipi.com

Restaurants

Waswanipi Cafeteria

Serves up 3 meals a day, with a different selection for each time of day. The meals are modest cafeteria food but deliciously prepared. Also serve fast food. Open daily 5am to 9pm.Tel: 819.753.2320  Fax: 819.753.2555 

Stores and Supplies

Waswanipi Grocery

Just off the highway, this village general store sells a variety of grocery items along with items for the kitchen and campsite.  Open 9am to 11pm. Tel: 819.753.2514   

Gas Stations

Waswanipi Bedabin Gas Station/General Store

The place to go for gas for the car or boat. Located beside the highway. Open 9am to 9pm. Tel: 819.753.2259  Fax: 819.753.2171