Have fun while discovering another region :
On our way to the BAIE-JAMES by the BILLY-DIAMOND and the TRANSTAÏGA roads.
Every year, our team goes on an adventure in a new region of Canada to discover new locations for film and documentary production. After visiting the Maritime Provinces, the Rockies, the Northwest, Ontario and the Canadian Plains, we are now preparing for a return to Abitibi-Témiscamingue, but especially to the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James region.
A team expedition is always a fun and enriching adventure for all.
Our goals for this adventure
- New filming locations
- Taking of stock shots
- Search for local resources
- Specific attractions of the regions
- Mines and mining areas
- Animal wildlife
- Logging area
- Lakes and rivers
- Road structures
- Hydroelectric dams and reservoirs
- Towns and villages
- Camps and outfitters
- Transportation and communication infrastructures
These adventures allow the team to diversify our knowledge and access to the Canadian territory, thus guaranteeing our clients who call upon our services, a real knowledge of the areas where we go.
The size of Canada represents great technical and logistical challenges when we venture outside the major centers and more densely populated areas. That’s why being able to understand the challenges and issues that may arise is essential, especially when we have to manage the logistics of a film crew. 3500 km of discovery and great nature.
That’s what it means to be accompanied by a Fixer for your film or documentary productions.
Over the many years that we have been working with international productions, two main trends have emerged. Shooting in the big centers or shooting far away in the regions, productions in the intermediate zone are much less frequent, but the current global situation changes many things.
Follow us as we head out to discover more and more new areas for our Fixing and line Production services in Canada.
Part 1: From the Laurentians to Abitibi-Témiscamingue
It is in the Abitibi region that we will begin our journey. The mining region with the city of Val-d’Or or Malartic. Easily accessible from Montreal (8 hours by car), it is from the Laurentians (region located just north of Montreal) that the team will leave to discover the great region of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James.
Part 2: The BILLY-DIAMOND (formerly the Baie-James Highway)
and the TRANSTAÏGA roads
The 381 km Billy-Diamond Highway has no service stations and is the longest stretch of road of its kind in Canada and the second longest in North America! It is second only to the Dalton Highway in Alaska, which has a distance of 394 km without service. The Dempster Highway, which runs from the Yukon to the Northwest Territories in Canada, has a 363 km unserviced segment.
The road was built in the 1970s to serve Hydro-Quebec’s James Bay project, a huge hydroelectric project. Construction of the road began in 1971 and was completed in only 420 days. The road was built to facilitate the transportation of heavy machinery (up to 500 tons). All the equipment and supplies needed for the James Bay hydroelectric project had to be transported by this road.
The Trans-Taiga Highway is really an ordeal not to be underestimated. The end of the Trans-Taiga Highway is 745 km from the nearest town. This is the farthest distance from a city on a road in North America!
The TransTaiga Highway was not built for tourists. It was built by Hydro-Quebec for the sole purpose of building and maintaining its hydroelectric dams and power plants in the region.
We cross First Nations villages
Along the way, we will pass through several First Nations communities, such as the Cree village of Ouje-Bougoumou, Waskaganish and many others. It will be time to get to know our future guides and local partners when the time comes to bring film crews to these remote, but majestic regions.
Taiga, Subarctic climate and wild animals
Discovering the James Bay highway also means entering a subarctic zone, where lichen and shrubs grow.
The territory is also home to nearly forty animal species, such as ptarmigan, lynx, black bear, goose, moose and caribou.
To be continued this summer on The Roads of Canada
the vast forest of northern Quebec with a Film Fixer crew.