Next stop was the Rupert River. Amazing, wild, raging river.
This river will be damed this fall and diverted to make more hydro. We talked with some guys headed up river for a fishing trip. They were from Amos, Quebec, about 6 hours south of here. They have been coming every year for the last 13 years, - several dads and their adult sons. I commented that they must be sad to see this river being diverted and losing their traditiaonl fishing spot. They were much more pragmatic - they said that only 60% of the water will be diverted so it would still look similar for the tourists, and they could find another fishing spot. They felt the hydro generation was more important. You really get the sense that many people and businesses rely on the revenue generated by the hydro. This gentleman indicated that the water would actually fall through 3 different generating plants on its way to James Bay, so they were making very good use of this resource.