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Winter Road Network 2020

Winter Road Network

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 21, 2020:


NOTICE: Please contact communities directly for travel information. Some winter roads may close temporarily over the weekend due to warm temperatures or be designated night travel only to maintain the integrity of the roads and ensure the roads do not get damaged.  As per communities, please do not use chains on tires except to assist if stuck.


 Road Capacity Overview – 31 Winter Road Connected Communities

 Communities Under construction:   2

Communities Open to Light:  5

Communities Open to Partial: 11

Communities Open to Full:  13


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:       none

Open to Light:                Keewaywin, Deer Lake

Open to Partial Loads:   Sandy Lake

Open to Full:                  North Spirit Lake, Pikangikum, Poplar Hill


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

Under Construction:       none

Open to Light:                Bearskin Lake

Open to Partial Loads:    Muskrat Dam, Cat Lake, Sachigo Lake

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:                none

Open to Partial Loads:    none

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


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

 Under Construction:       none

Open to Light:                none

Open to Partial Loads:    Marten Falls, Eabametoong, Webequie

Open to Full Loads:        Neskantaga, Nibinamik


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

 Under Construction:       Fort Severn, Weenusk

Open to Light:                 none

Open to Partial Loads:    Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat

Open to Full Loads:        Moose Cree


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

 Under Construction:       none

Open to Light:               Northwest Angle #33, Temagami

Open to Partial Loads    Animakee Wa Zhing #37

Open to Full Loads:        none


Please note this is based on time sensitive information and conditions/status could change at any moment for various reasons. This is not an official road notice and should not be used to determine whether road conditions are safe for travel. We strongly encourage all travelers to contact the First Nation for the most up to date information on the winter road status prior to traveling, including whether roads are open for travel as temporary closures do take place on the roads, even when at full load capacity.

Information we receive is updated as we source information from the communities. Where new information isn’t received from the community, we keep the load capacity listed as per the previous weeks information.

If you are aware of others that may benefit or want to receive these updates please have them email me directly to be added to the list. If you wish to be removed, or notice people no longer affiliated with your office are on the list, please contact me as well.