Polar Bear Express Passenger Train between Cochrane and Moosonee Reinstated

(June 12, 2020 - Cochrane, Ontario) Ontario Northland will be reinstating the Polar Bear Express passenger train service between Cochrane and Moosonee effective June 25th. The train will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays with the same departure times.

“The decision for reinstatement was made after careful consideration and consultation with those who rely on the Polar Bear Express for transportation” says President and CEO Corina Moore. “Our service is essential to many, and includes individuals needing to travel for medical appointments, workers trying to get to their place of employment, and local businesses who depend on us in order to reopen.”

The health and safety of passengers and employees are our number one priority. Passengers can expect increased safety and hygiene practices, as well as new protocols. These include:

  • All passengers and employees will be required to wear a face covering when boarding or moving through the coach (except when seated in their assigned seat). Children under the age of two (2) and people with difficulty breathing unrelated to COVID-19 should not use face coverings.
  • The dining car will not be in service and passengers will not be able to move from car to car.
  • Passengers will be screened prior to boarding which consists of speaking with an Ontario Northland employee to answer a questionnaire.
  • The passenger cars have enhanced cleaning protocols including intense cleaning after use. Additionally, an anti-microbial spray has been applied to all passenger coaches.
  • Limiting the number of seats available per coach to ensure physical distancing.

Passengers are encouraged to reserve their tickets in advance by calling 1-800-461-8558 or visiting the Moosonee, Cochrane or Timmins station.

Ontario Northland provides the only land link to the James Bay Coast connecting Cochrane and Moosonee, an essential transportation service.


Renée Baker
Communications Manager
Ontario Northland
T: (705) 472-4500 or 1-800-363-7512 ext. 530
C: (705) 499-7573