February 7, 2020 – Northern Ontario Winter Roads Update

Winter Road Updates

THUNDER BAY – Cold weather has helped expand the number of Winter Roads open to both partial loads and full loads.

North Spirit Lake, Pikangikum and Nibinamik are now open to partial loads.

North Caribou Lake and Neskantaga are open to full loads.

Thirty-four of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s 49 member First Nations are remote, accessible only by air or seasonal roads. The winter road network. The winter road network consists of five district corridors, stretching over approximately 2,800 kilometres across NAN territory, with each corridor connecting a series of First Nations.

In total there are 29 First Nations connected:

Corridor 1 – Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, North Spirit Lake, Deer Lake & Sandy Lake

Corridor 2 – North Caribou, Keewaywin, Koocheching, Muskrat, Sachigo, Bearskin & Cat Lake

Corridor 3 – Wunnumin, Wawakapewin, Kingfisher, Kasabonika, Wapekeka & Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (see Closure Notice)

Corridor 4 – Neskantaga, Webequie, Nibinamik, Eabametoong & Marten Falls

Corridor 5 – Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan & Moose Cree

Corridor 6 – Fort Severn & Weenusk

As of Friday, February 7, 2020:

Road Capacity Overview – 31 Winter Road Connected Communities

 Communities Under construction:   5

Communities Open to Light:  21

Communities Open to Partial: 3

Communities Open to Full:  2

Corridor One – Western Corridor: Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, North Spirit Lake, Deer Lake, Sandy Lake, Keewaywin (realignment and road opening anticipated this winter road season)

Under Construction:       Keewaywin

Open to Light:                Poplar Hill, Deer Lake, Sandy Lake

Open to Partial Loads:    North Spirit Lake, Pikangikum

Open to Full:                  none

Corridor Two – Central Corridor: North Caribou Lake, Muskrat Dam, Bearskin Lake, Sachigo Lake, Cat Lake

Under Construction:       Cat Lake

Open to Light:                Muskrat Dam, Bearskin Lake, Sachigo Lake

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Full Loads:                      North Caribou Lake

Corridor Three – Middle Corridor: Kingfisher Lake, Wunnumin Lake, Wawakapewin, Kasabonika Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Wapekaka

 Under Construction:      none

Open to Light:               Wawakapewin, Kasabonika Lake, Wapekeka, Kingfisher Lake, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Wunnumin Lake

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Open to Full Loads:        none

Corridor Four – Eastern Corridor: Neskantaga, Nibinamik, Webequie, Eabametoong, Marten Falls

 Under Construction:       Marten Falls

Open to Light:               Eabametoong, Webequie

Open to Partial Loads:    Nibinamik

Open to Full Loads:        Neskantaga

Corridor Five – Far North Corridors: Moose Cree, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, Weenusk, Fort Severn

 Under Construction:       Fort Severn, Weenusk

Open to Light:                 Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, Moose Cree

Open to Partial Loads:    none

Open to Full Loads:        none

Other Winter Road Connected First Nations: Temagami, Animaki Wa Zhing #37, Northwest Angle #33

 Under Construction:       none

Open to Light:               Animakee Wa Zhing #37, Northwest Angle #33, Temagami

Open to Partial Loads    none

Open to Full Loads:        none