Camp Bonaventure gives you the opportunity to fish for Atlantic Salmon in some of the clearest and pristine waters of the world. If that was not enough, it is also one of the best places to sight fish for Atlantic Salmon with fish ranging anywhere between 10lb to 40lb. Combine all of this with a first class lodge and service and you have the perfect Salmon adventure in Quebec.
Québec’s Gaspé Peninsula boasts some of the best and most renowned Atlantic Salmon rivers in the world. Camp Bonaventure is located on the lower section of the Bonaventure River close to the coast of the stunning shores of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, the heart of some of the world’s most productive Salmon waters. All three rivers fished by the lodge are equally seductive on account of their surroundings, pristine crystal clear water and runs of Salmon.
Camp Bonaventure provides you with the opportunity to fish over 80 miles of three fabled Atlantic Salmon rivers. Firstly, the Bonaventure which is legendary for its water clarity and its sight fishing opportunities, where underwater visibility exceeds 150 feet. Secondly, the Petite Cascapedia, which is known for its gin clear picturesque pools holding big Salmon and huge Brook Trout. Lastly, there is the world famous Grand Cascapedia which is more like a traditional Scottish Salmon River however in this river fish in the 40 lb class are not uncommon.
Quebec has a mixture of private access, public access and lottery allocated places. Each day pairs of anglers will be allocated their fishing places with a single guide for the days fishing ahead. Although it is not possible to specify exactly where and which rivers you will fish on a typical week the variety of water and conditions are a huge asset in ensuring you will encounter good or exceptional fishing.
With one of the strongest runs of Salmon of all the Gaspe Rivers, the Bonaventure is a magnificent Salmon river. It is renowned as the river for dry fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon. Access to this river is by wading and canoeing
If you are looking for a more intimate river on the Gaspe, then Petite Cascapedia is the ideal location for you. Despite its small size, it has some huge Salmon in the 30-40lb range, comparable with those of the Grand Cascapedia. Rods are limited to 8 per day on the restricted sections of the river. There is however very limited pressure on much of the public water that can only be accessed effectively by canoe.
The Grand Cascapedia is one of the most majestic of all Atlantic Salmon rivers arising in the heart of the Chic-Choc Mountains and crosses the centre of the Gaspé Peninsula before emptying into Chaleur Bay. This mighty river flows through majestic landscapes that have provided inspiration for many painters. With an average flow rate of 50 cubic meters per second, the river’s clear waters take on a brownish hue when running high. For over 150 years, it has been known around the world for the size of its salmon, weighing in at an average 19lb.
The fishing starts to form early June and runs through to the end of September. Salmon start to enter the rivers in late May and good numbers of fish will be in the river by early June when the lodge opens. Mid June-July is considered prime weeks although good water conditions will always dictate prospects and with the Bonaventure and Petit Cascapedia running colder than would be normal fishing can remain good throughout the season. July August and Sept are the best months to fish with a dry fly.
Guiding is based on 2 customers to 1 full-time guide. All guides speak excellent English and are all professional Salmon anglers and love nothing more than helping you catch the fish of your dreams. In our experience, all the lodge guides have always pushed that extra mile to get you fish.
Although fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon is the main activity the lodge can help with non-fishing activities for the non-fishing guest. There is everything from hiking, birding and biking. Hiking and mountain bike trails are located within a half mile from the Lodge and mountain bikes are available. For golfers, there is also within ten minutes from a wonderful 18 hole, par 72 golf course.