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 Chisasibi Airport

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Chisasibi sits on the eastern edge of James Bay in northern Quebec. The town and the Chisasibi Airport (YKU) are within the Eeyou Istchee First Nations territory. The area is remote, on the edge of the Arctic, and somewhere you can truly feel close to nature. Skyscanner's innovative search engine can help you find the best air routes and the cheapest fares to this still very wild place. The Whole Month Search screen is particularly useful, allowing you to pull up a whole month's worth of fares for comparison. It does take a little effort to get to Chisasibi, but well worth the trip.

Getting to Chisasibi Airport

To get to Chisasibi Airport, you first need to fly to Val-d'Or (YVO), also in Quebec. Canadian cities that have air service to Val-d'Or include Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, Halifax, and Vancouver. Of these, Montreal has direct flights on Air Canada Express. From Val-d'Or Airport to Chisasibi, you'll be flying on Air Creebec which averages three flights per day using De Havilland eight-seater aircraft. Both airports are small with only one terminal so it's easy to connect fights.

Airport Facilities

The Chisasibi Airport is five kilometres from the village centre. The single terminal is modest, with one scheduled airline, Air Creebec. Vending machines are available for food and drink and outdoor parking is free. A free Wi-Fi hotspot is also on site. Taxis are usually available, running about $20.00 CAD for the 10 to 15 minute drive into town. Most people use taxis or walk to get around the small town, as car rentals are not available. Some hotels also offer transportation to and from the airport.

Things to do in Chisasibi

  • The Cree work "Chisasibi" means "Big River." The village sits on the shores of La Grande River, near where it pours into James Bay. Visit the Centrale Robert-Bourassa Hydroelectric Dam, near the river mouth, for a look at the largest dam in Canada. Or go for a long hike along the river bank and maybe even cast a fishing line to test your luck.
  • One of the biggest draws is the Chisasibi Heritage and Cultural Centre, featuring an historic overview of the area including the building and later abandonment of Ft. St. John. A diorama of the latter is on display, as the current village now sits on what was the fort's land. You'll find live demonstrations of Cree First Nations craft work and a gift shop to take some of those creations home with you. Full size exhibits of Cree tepees and long houses are on site.
  • Accommodations in Chisasibi are limited to a few bed and breakfast inns. One, the Auberge Maanitaaukimikw, fronts the La Grande River and is open year round. Their traditional tepee, complete with a roaring fire inside, is a big hit. Spend some time outside watching the Northern Lights and then walk right in to get nice and toasty. One item of note, Chisasibi is a dry town. No alcohol is allowed at the inn or anywhere else in the James Bay Cree Nation.
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 Location Details

Longitude:79° 0' 0'' W
Latitude:53° 49' 59'' N
IATA code:YKU
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