04/15/2016 12:05 EDT | Updated 04/15/2016 12:05 EDT

An Insider's Guide To The Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Region In Quebec

Mathieu Dupuis

When you need to get away from it all, the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James region in Quebec, located 700 kilometres north of Montreal, is the perfect escape. The landscape is remote -- consisting of rugged wilderness, pristine waters, tundra and vast expanses of Arctic boreal forest -- and the scenery is solitary and silent.

You’ll be awestruck by the area’s unparalleled beauty and rich Cree culture. James Bay, as it’s commonly called, is unspoiled wilderness -- a tourism destination unlike any other.

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Eeyou Istchee Baie-James represents some of the last pristine fishing destinations in the entire continent. Lake Mistassini, the LG4 reservoir and the Rupert and Broadback rivers are astounding fishing spots that offer enthusiasts of all skill levels unforgettable moments. Eeyou Istchee Baie-James is home to the largest freshwater lake in Quebec where walleye fish, speckled trout, northern pike and lake trout are yours for the catch. Numerous outfitters or fishing camps are available for individuals, groups, and families. Spend an unforgettable holiday at Lac Goeland Adventure Outfitter or Broadback Outfitting Camp.

Aboriginal Culture

Eeyou Istchee Baie-James is a territory the Cree call their traditional homeland. There are roughly 18,000 Cree spread out among a total of nine communities both along the coast and inland. Their traditional values of sustainable hunting, trapping, fishing and connection to nature are maintained through events, celebrations and cultural institutes. The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, which opened in 2011, is a living, breathing symbol of the James Bay Crees’ determination to preserve and share their stories, legends, history and culture. Whether you stay in a modern lodge or a traditional dwelling, Nuuhchimi Wiinuu Cree cultural tours offer a unique insider's perspective into local ecotourism organized and headed by local Cree owners.

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Hydroelectric Facilities

As you take in the culture of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, be sure to visit the impressive hydroelectric facilities. The James Bay hydroelectric project covers an area the size of New York state and is considered one of the largest hydroelectric projects in the world. Eight generating stations produce a significant portion of Quebec’s electricity including La Grande-2 power station, now known as the Robert-Bourassa. The dam is as tall as a 53-storey building and has a spillway system that looks like a giant staircase. Ten enormous steps each the size of two football fields control the flow of water. Be sure to visit this marvel of modern engineering while in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James and let guided tours illuminate you.

Amazing Landscapes

Whether you paddle, hike, fish, or travel by car,Eeyou Istchee Baie-James has extraordinary and untouched scenery just waiting for you to discover. A stunning expanse of fauna and flora and the beauty of the northern lights all make Eeyou Istchee Baie-James a unique tourist destination, unlike anything else.

Come discover extreme ranges of temperature, endless expanses of snow and a sky streaked with the glorious shimmer of the northern lights! Eeyou Istchee Baie-James -- escape like never before.