Another Day Exploring Remote Moosonee: A Hike On Charles Island And The Old Quarry Road
I awoke a little later than usual in remote Moosonee, Ontario on Sunday morning. It was a long day Saturday, and I slept until 6 a.m. I soon discovered it was mostly cloudy so I didn’t miss the sunrise. After a cup of coffee in my room I was again walking the quiet and dusty streets of Moosonee.
and arrived at the docks, where I was going to take a “water taxi” to Charles Island. Charles Island is one of uninhabited five islands in the Moose River estuary that make up the Tidewater Provincial Park. The islands can only be accessed by boat. Charles Island has 20 primitive camp sites.
There was one “water taxi” at the dock and I was told by the driver he was waiting for two passengers and would drop me off on the island after he took them to Moose Factory another community on an island in the Moose River. Two nurses who worked at the hospital in Moose Factory arrived and we had a pleasant conversation as we made our way over the waters of the Moose River.
After dropping the nurses off I was taken to Charles Island. There is no dock and it took some experienced maneuvering to set me ashore. I was told by my driver, A First Nation Cree native, that I was the only one on the island. I made arrangements to text him when I needed a ride back to Moosonee.
The path continued along the cliff above the river with primitive campsites a few hundred feet apart. The trees in the wood on the island were, as they are almost everywhere in the boreal forest in northern Ontario, were mostly white and black spruce and balsam popular.
and, this large sparrow, a fox sparrow, a “lifer” for me. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos of the birds I saw on my hike. Moosonee, Ontario Charles Island birds June 4 2023.
I crawled back up the cliff and walked back across the island. I had walked about 4 miles on the island so I texted for a ride back to Moosonee. While I waited I found a few more primitive camp sites on the northern side of the island.
My “water taxi” soon and I had a nice chat with my driver on the way back to Moosonee. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos from my hike. Moosonee, Ontario Charles Island June 4 2023.
It was still overcast and chilly when parked my Jeep on Quarry Road.
I had walked out two miles when I decided to end my hike and I started my hike to my Jeep. . I had hoped to see more birds on my hike , and maybe a bear, or bobcat, and , although I didn’t see these more exotic creatures I enjoyed my hike in this remote wilderness.
I walked back to my Jeep and drove to Moosonee , stopping at the stream along the way. I hoped there might be a beaver or some other animal near the water but once again I there was nothing around. It was now late afternoon and I was hungry. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my afternoon hike. Moosonee Ontario afternoon hike June 4 2023.
Back at my room in the hotel I began to make my dinner. It came out pretty good. I made frozen shrimp and frozen mixed vegetables in the microwave and served with whole grain crackers and fruit. It was a big improvement from the left over pizza.
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live.”
– Hans Christian Andersen