Train activities in Canada
The Polar Bear Express is the only way to reach the remote communities of Moosonee and Moose Factory. The whistle-stop train departs Cochrane in the morning, and the return train pulls into the station close to midnight. The assortment of passengers is a sight in and of itself: locals, trappers, biologists, geologists, tourists, anglers and hard-core paddlers all ride the shuttle (one car is specially outfitted to transport canoes). The trip takes 4¾ hours each way, so if you return the same day you'll only have time for a short visit to Moosonee and Moose Factory. From September to June, the train is commonly known as the Little Bear.