Originally Posted by oldpaint1
I've enjoyed everones pictures. I was wondering - and maybe those on the National Geographic Caribou
Expedition can answer this. How far north did you go/could you see? Hudson Bay? Were the waters frozen all the way North as far as you could see or was there any open water at all?
The airport is about 30km south of Radisson, 35km south of the dam. We mostly ranged east of the road, from the airport to a little north of the dam/resevoir. I really can't say for sure how far we could see, especially since we spent much of our time quite low buzzing caribou. I would estimate our horizon at not more than 50km/30 miles, not far enough to reasonably see James Bay (a flight that also included James Bay was a little too pricey). We could however start to see the 'mountains' to the east that rise out of the edge of the Hudson Bay lowlands, which were not visible from the road. As for not seeing James Bay, some of us got out on it on foot instead, which is more awe-inspiring IMO.
When in the air, one cannot help but be struck by how flat the lowlands are, how sparse the black spruce forest can be, and how a large percentage of the land is covered by water. You can read about it, but seeing it in person is something else entirely.
All lakes and resevoirs visible from the air were frozen. La Grande Riviere was open a little just below the dam, where it gets pretty churned up. James Bay was completely frozen of course, as one would expect. While driving up, Rupert River was open, along with small spots along the Eastmain, possibly other rivers I didn't notice.
For the most part, only the largest fastest-flowing rivers will remain uncovered in that environment.