We stayed there July 25th, 2012. The place has a great view out the front as it is right by the docks to take the river-taxis over to Moose Factory. The people running the place were really nice and friendly as are most people you meet and talk to in Moosonee.
The room and bed were fine although the bathroom was a little run down with a rough finish on the acrylic sink (probably damaged from the extreme cold if the room wasn’t well heated all winter). Our room overlooked the water but there is also a common room that has the same view and is equipped with a large flat screen TV, couches and tables, a few games, and books etc. A decent self-serve continental style breakfast was included with hard boiled eggs, sausages, muffins, toast, cereals, juice and coffee etc.
We also ate dinner in the restaurant and had the special which was roast beef that day. Nothing fancy but I thought it was fine and reasonably priced as was the beer.
Some have suggested the place is expensive but if you visit the only supermarket in town you will see that milk and many other staple items are about twice what we pay in the south. With that in mind I wouldn’t begrudge the motel owners a chance to make a buck or two on the few visitors that stay over. We paid just under $125.00 including tax so I don’t think that is all that expensive with breakfast for two in the price.
It is true that there is not a lot to do in Moosonee and Moose Factory. We just came up on the Polar Bear Express from Cochrane and stayed for the night rather than take the train back the same day as many tourists do. That gave us time to take in a little bit of the history and culture, get a canoe ride up to James Bay and touch the salt water of the Arctic Ocean.
It is a Cree community and most everyone knows each other so you will probably be noticed walking about as we were. I’m sure there must be some exceptions but everyone we met was friendly and helpful stopping unsolicited to help with directions or just chat. Nobody was trying to con us out of our money and there is no apparent competition as to who gets to take you over in the river taxi boats. I was apparently mistaken as to the cost and when I overpaid for the two of us the driver immediately and cheerfully gave me back the extra $10.
If you are the more adventurous type and wanting to experience some of the variety of Canadian culture it is definitely worth a visit.
- Also Known As:
- Polar Bear Hotel Moosonee
- Polar Bear Hotel
- Polar Bear Lodge Moosonee, Ontario