Coming to Keeyask

Whether you’re travelling by air, bus, or train, coming to Keeyask is easy and convenient.

There are regular flights or bus transports heading directly to camp.

 

Read more below about everything you need to know.

Travelling to and From Winnipeg

Most people come to Keeyask by flying or driving to the Gillam or Thompson Airports, where shuttle buses pick up employees and take them to the Keeyask site.

From Winnipeg commercial and private flights leave every day for Thompson and Gillam.

Your employer will provide you with all your flight information, including flight schedules, location of the airport, and shuttle bus information.

No matter what type of flight you are taking, you still need to check in at the airport with your driver’s license or birth certificate and you need to go through security.

Check in at your airport at least one hour before your flight leaves.

Winnipeg to Thompson Flights

FROM SUNDAY – FRIDAY (every day except Saturday).

  • Canadian North flight leaves Winnipeg Airport’s Main Terminal at 4:30 PM (16:30h) and arrives in Thompson at about 5:30 PM (17:30h).
  • The shuttle bus picks up employees from the Thompson Airport and travels to Keeyask at approximately 5:30 PM (17:30h) each flight day.
Thompson to Winnipeg Flights

FROM MONDAY – SATURDAY (every day except Sunday).

  • The shuttle bus leaves Keeyask main camp each flight day for Thompson Airport at 3:30 AM (03:30h).
  • Canadian North flight leaves Thompson at 8:00 AM (08:00h) and arrives in Winnipeg at about 9:00 AM (09:00h).
Winnipeg to Gillam Flights

EVERY TUESDAY — FAST AIR

If you are flying on Fast Air — there are two flights leaving Winnipeg to Gillam:

1st flight — leaves Winnipeg at 8:00 AM (08:00h) and arrives in Gillam at about 10:00 AM (10:00h).

2nd flight — leaves Winnipeg at 2:00 AM (14:00h) and arrivesin Gillam at about 4:00 PM (16:00h).

Fast Air flights leave from 80 Hangar Line Road — Winnipeg, MB.

Things to know when travelling with Fast Air:

  1. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation to and from Fast Air.
  2. Arrive 30 minutes prior to flight departure, 45 minutes if you require parking.
  3. Fast Air will provide long term parking if required, provided keys are stored in a lock up at the Hangar.
  4. Luggage is limited to 50 lbs. per person.
  5. Planes are King Air 200s — 8 passenger.

EVERY THURSDAY — PERIMETER

If you are flying on Perimeter Aviation — there are two flights leaving Winnipeg to Gillam:

1st flight — leaves Winnipeg at 8:00 AM (08:00h) and arrives in Gillam at about 10:00 AM (10:00h).

2nd flight — leaves Winnipeg at 2:00 PM (14:00h) and arrives in Gillam at about 4:00 PM (16:00h).

Perimeter Aviation flights leave from the Shell Building at 50 Morberg Way — Winnipeg, MB.

  1. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation to and from Perimeter Aviation.
  2. Arrive one hour prior to flight departure.
  3. Parking is limited and a plug-in is not guaranteed. Please request parking when you book your seat.
  4. Luggage is limited to 50 lbs. per person.
Via Rail Canada - Thompson Station

If you need to travel to Thompson from Ilford, an option is:

Ilford to Thompson — Days 1, 5, 6

  • Departs Ilford at 06:53 AM
  • Arrives Thompson at 11:30 AM

Thompson to Ilford — Days 4, 5, 7

  • Departs Thompson at 5:00 AM
  • Arrives Ilford at 9:36 AM

Thompson Train Station Location is at 1310 Station Road, Thompson, MB.

Buses From Thompson and Gillam

Buses leave Thompson for Keeyask every day, sometimes more than once a day. Buses leave from Gillam every day from Monday to Friday. Unless you arrange personal transportation to the work site from your community, you will be assigned to one of these buses. It is your responsibility to arrive on time. The buses leave as scheduled, unless they’re delayed by weather. You must present ID to board the bus. The ride from Gillam to the Keeyask front gate is about 2 hours, 15 minutes; from Thompson, 3 hours. The ride to camp from the gate is another 20 minutes. These times can change if there is bad weather or bad road conditions.

There are two kinds of buses, highway tour buses that have washrooms and smaller buses that don’t. It’s a long ride, so be prepared.

The ride in is usually pretty quiet, and there’s no wi-fi on the way. A lot of people sleep through it. So bring a book, some music or something downloaded to watch.

Bus Schedules

Thompson

Monday to Friday
1. Depart Main Camp
7:00 am
2. Depart Startup Camp
7:30 am
3. Drop Off at Chester's
8:30 am
4. Drop Off at Thompson Airport
11:00 am
5. Drop Off at Tim Horton's
11:15 am
6. Pick Up at Train Station
Wednesday & Friday Only
1:00 pm
7. Pick Up at Tim Horton's
1:30 pm
8. Pick Up at Thompson Airport
1:45 pm
9. Pick Up at Chester's
Approx.
3:00 pm
10. Pick Up at the Ferry
Approx.
4:00 pm

Thompson

Tuesday & Thursday
1. Pick Up at Thompson Airport
Churchill Only
2:45 pm

Gillam & Bird (Fox Lake)

Tuesday & Thursday
1. Depart Main Camp
7:00 am
2. Depart Startup Camp
7:30 am
3. Depart Kettle Camp
Going to Airport
As Required
9:00 am
4. Drop Off at Gillam Airport
9:30 am
5. Drop Off / Pick Up at Gillam Co-op
10:00 am
6. Pick Up at Gillam Airport
10:15 am
7. Depart Kettle Camp
Going to Keeyask
As Required
11:00 am
8. Depart Main Camp
1:30 pm
9. Drop Off / Pick Up at Gillam Airport
Hydro Charter
4:00 pm
10. Drop Off / Pick Up at Gillam Airport
Calm Air
4:30 pm

Gillam & Bird (Fox Lake)

Monday-Wednesday-Friday
1. Depart Main Camp
8:30 am
2. Depart Startup Camp
9:00 am
3. Depart Kettle Camp
Going to Airport
As Required
10:30 am
4. Drop Off at Gillam Airport
10:45 am
5. Drop Off / PIck Up at Gillam Co-op
11:15 am
6. PIck Up at Gillam Airport
11:30 am
7. PIck Up at Gillam Airport
Mondays
12:30 pm
8. Depart Kettle Camp
Going to Keeyask
As Required
9. Drop Off / Pick Up Bird / Fox
Confirmation is Required
Arriving at Keeyask
  1. Security
    At the Keeyask Main Gate, the buses will stop and everyone will be asked to show their Photo ID. Then they will keep going the 20 minutes to get to camp.
  2. Luggage Check
    Everyone coming off the bus, or arriving on their own, has their luggage searched and scanned. The people from the buses are led into the security trailer, where all the luggage is scanned. Before it goes through the scanner, you will have to take out all your liquids and medications including prescriptions, so it’s best to pack them all together in a bag or two inside your luggage.
  3. Drug Dogs (very friendly)
    Randomly, drug dogs trained to detect even trace scents of drugs check employees arriving. It is likely that you will be checked by one of the dogs some time during your first 24 hours at Keeyask.
  4. Drug & Alcohol Testing
    Anyone the drug dog identifies as having the scent of drugs on them must go to an interview. After the interview, you and your items are searched and swabbed for any traces of drugs. If drug trace or paraphernalia is found, you will be sent for a drug and alcohol test. These tests consist of breathalyser, and saliva and urine samples. Depending on the results of the tests, you may be evicted from site for up to one year.
  5. Check In
    Once you are through security, you take your luggage, walk outside to the front door of the camp and check in at the front desk. There, you will pay your $5.00 and have your picture taken for your ID / key card. You will get your card and you are assigned your room.
  6. On-boarding Presentation
    Your Manitoba Hydro On-boarding will begin within a few hours, or if your arrival is in the late afternoon or evening, it will start the next morning. Once you’re checked in, you can go unpack and get settled.

When I came to Keeyask for the first time, I wasn’t really sure how to get there. I felt alone and a little nervous because it was really my first time away from home.

Tip: Talk with your employer and ask them to confirm flight times and directions.