Until the early 2000s, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission managed Hudson's Bay Company heritage sites in Moose Factory in connection with the summer tourist train known as the Polar Bear Express. In 2004, the Moose River Tourism Association was co-founded by Moose Cree First Nation and MoCreebec Eeyoud Council in order to step into the gap left by ONTC’s withdrawl. In 2007, a Moose Factory Historical Society was created and discussions started with the MFTA about collaboration on a shared vision for community-centred development of local heritage sites, promotion of local history, culture and heritage, as well as education. In November 2008, the MFTA held a two-day workshop to which the Town of Moosonee was invited. By 2010, the MFTA had expanded to include Moosonee, as well as a broader community-focused heritage and hospitality mandate, and was formally renamed the Moose River Heritage and Hospitality Association in 2012.