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Hosted Atlantic Salmon Fly Fishing | Quebec Canada

Tour code: CAN014
Overview
Category: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Hosted Fishing, Hosted Fly Fishing Holidays

Our hosted Atlantic Salmon fishing trips to Camp Bonaventure are designed for single anglers looking for the opportunity to fish for Atlantic Salmon in some of the most pristine clearest rivers in the world. The advantage of our hosted trips is there are no single angler supplements as you will travel and fish with other like-minded Sportquest Holidays customers, making new fishing friends along the way. Each day you fish you have chances of Quebec’s famous salmon which range anywhere between 10lb to 40lb.

Location

Québec’s Gaspé Peninsula boasts some of the best and most renowned Atlantic Salmon fishing 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.

Fishing

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.

Guides

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.

Other Activities

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.

If you have any questions on our hosted Atlantic Salmon fishing trips to Camp Bonaventure then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

Accommodation
Atlantic Host Hotel
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The Atlantic Hotel in Bathurst is the perfect hotel to relax after a long flight, before moving on to your fishing destination. This modern hotel offers 5 different types of room to choose from. All the rooms have as a minimum, hair dryers, air conditioning, coffee makers and free wireless Internet.

To help you relax and unwind, the hotel also has a heated indoor swimming pool, Sauna and whirlpool. When you get hungry, you can either order in 24 hour room service, or enjoy the service in the excellent restaurant that offers all day dining in a relaxed, tranquil atmosphere. You can satisfy your hunger with a quick snack or an exceptional meal. Then be sure to finish it off with a few drinks in the hotel bar.

Board: Bed & breakfast
Rooms: Single, twin & doubles
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 120 volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: In restaurant
Alcohol: Hotel bar
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit cards
Cash Accepted: Canadian Dollars
Camp Bonaventure
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The Main Lodge

The main lodge provides the perfect setting for your fly fishing holiday – a laid back and relaxing atmosphere, featuring a spacious and comfortably appointed living room and dining room with a thirty foot river-stone fireplaces. In the living room, there is a fully equipped fly-tying desk, where you can create the perfect fly for your next day’s adventure. The large deck overlooking the river is the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or night-cap underneath the stars, while fishing tales are told. With four comfortably appointed guest rooms, each with a private bath and screened porch, our main lodge provides accommodations for up to eight guests.

Private Guest House

In addition to the main lodge, the private guest house is perfect for a family of four, two couples or a business trip of four associates, who are seeking a little more privacy. Designed for relaxation, it features a spacious private living room with a huge thirty-foot fireplace, screened porches and a wonderful patio complete with Adirondack chairs. There is no need to come to the main lodge before breakfast or dinner, as the staff delivers fresh coffee and juice in the morning and hors d’oeuvres before dinner. There is free high-speed wireless access and a computer is available for all guests. The guest house has two spacious bedrooms each with private baths.

The Rod Room

A convenient and well-designed rod room is where you will keep your fishing equipment and meet your guide in the morning. Located in a separate building, it’s where the action takes place. Features include private storage areas for each angler’s gear waders, a rod rack that can accommodate a 15-foot Spey rod and a radiant heating system that will dry gear overnight. The rod room always has fresh coffee in the morning and cool drinks when you return after your day on the river.

Dining

Breakfasts feature all of your favourites including homemade wild berry jams, local maple syrup and fresh bread baked daily. Lunch is either on the river or at the lodge. Before dinner, you will enjoy tasty appetizers with your favourite drink. Evening dinner is served in the dining room overlooking the beautiful Bonaventure river. The chef’s menu boasts fresh local seafood, prime beef and many other mouth-watering creations. Wine is included with lunch and dinner. Alcohol is not included however guests are welcome to bring their own. At the bar in the main lodge and guest house, you will find all the necessary ingredients for the perfect drink. The lodge is only a short distance from a very well stocked liquor store.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin rooms
Telephone: Chargeable
Internet: Free WiFi
Power: 110 Volts
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: In dining room
Alcohol: Wine included
Shop: Fly shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit cards
Cash Accepted: Canadian Dollars
Species Information
Atlantic Salmon
Season: June to October
Peak: July & September
Weight: 5lb to 48lb
Average Weight: 9lb
Suggested Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either additional days in Montreal or Bathurst, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1: 

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Arrive Montreal

Depart Montreal

DAY 2:

Arrive Bathurst

You arrive very early hours of the morning, take a taxi to the Atlantic Host Hotel Bathurst.(Twin Rooms) B/B

After a good rest and some sleep our Sportquest Holidays representative will pick you up from your hotel early afternoon to drive you to Camp Bonaventure Lodge. (2 hrs)

You will arrive at the lodge in time to unpack and for hors d’oeuvres, drinks before evening dinner.

Overnight Accommodation: Camp Bonaventure (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 3 & 4: Fishing Days.

Each morning after breakfast you will depart with your guides. (based on 2 anglers to 1 guide)

Fishing is done either by wading or from our traditional 26-foot river canoes.

Early season can allow for a combination of both, while later in the season our pools are better fished by wading.

Or relax during a float trip along miles of pristine river, where you will experience not only great fishing along the way, but the breathtaking scenery the area is famous for.

Overnight Accommodation: Camp Bonaventure (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 5 & 6: Fishing Days.

Whether you are a beginner just learning how to cast or an experienced fly-fisher seeking to perfect your skills with a single-handed or spey rod, our talented team will take care of your every need.

Overnight Accommodation: Camp Bonaventure (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 7 & 8: Fishing Days. 

If you have been catching plenty of fish on swinging wet flies why not try your hand at catching Atlantic Salmon on some dry flies. It is a totally different challange and an amazing sight watching these fish rise to take your fly and one that is very addictive.

Overnight Accommodation: Camp Bonaventure (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 9: Fishing Day. 

Spend a whole day fishing as above, after returning to the lodge it is time to pack and depart to the airport.

You will be transferred back to Bathurst Hotel.

Overnight Accommodation: Atlantic Host Hotel Bathurst.(Twin Rooms) B/B

DAY 10: 

Note: flights are normally early evening which does give you the whole morning free. If you wish you can even arrange a mornings Striped Bass fishing with a guide.

Take a taxi back to Bathurst airport for return flights home.

Depart Bathurst

Arrive Montreal

Depart Montreal

DAY 11: 

Arrive UK

Dates & Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start DateEnd DateDaysNightsFishingAnglerNon-AnglerAvailability
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If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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What's Included & Excluded
Included
  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Lodge transfers
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 7 days fishing
  • All meals at Lodge
  • All soft drinks & wine
Excluded
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Fishing tackle
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing licence
  • Room Tax
Options

Flight upgrades

Additional nights either in Montreal or Bathurst

Striped Bass fishing in Bathurst with guide

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. The Canadian Government announced that from 15th March 2016 certain visitors flying into Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

If you do not normally require a visa to enter Canada (e.g. British Citizens), you will need to get an eTA.

The cost to apply for an eTA is $7 (CAD) per person, which is paid at the time of application.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no departure tax from Canada.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Montreal (approx 7hrs), Montreal – Bathurst (approx 1hr 35 Mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights, we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Bathurst  – Salmon Lodge (approx 2hrs)

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

Camp Bonaventure is located just outside Bonaventure, Quebec on Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula.

Where will I fish?

Camp Bonaventure is ideally located to allow you the opportunity to fish three great Atlantic Salmon rivers from June through September. The Bonaventure is legendary for its water clarity and sight casting opportunities.  The Petit Cascapedia is known for its clear picturesque pools holding big salmon and huge Brooke Trout.  Thirdly, the famous Grand Cascapedia is where salmon in the 40lb class are not uncommon.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Each day two customers depart with each guide by 4×4 vehicle to one of the rivers and your allocated zone for the day. Travel time is dependent on both the river and zone, sometimes it’s only a 15 min drive however if you are up in the restricted zones it can take 60 mins to arrive. Once at the river fishing is either from wading along with the river or access other areas by canoes.

What fish will I catch?

Your main species for the trip is Atlantic Salmon, however, on the Petit, there is also the chance for some great Brook Trout.

How many fish will I catch?

The million dollar question, which is always influenced by weather, water conditions and also anglers capabilities. However, if our catch averages for our own customer’s on previous trips have resulted in 1.5 fish landed per person per day.

How will I fish?

Fishing is everything from swinging traditional flies through to the art of parachuting dry flies down on top of Atlantic Salmons head. Both the Bonaventure and Petit are suitable to fish with either single handed rods or light switch roods make for perfect presentation. On the Grand which is a much bigger river, traditional swinging wet flies is the preferred method. Although 90% times anglers use floating lines it is always advisable to try both some intermediate or slow sinking tips when the Salmon are less energetic.

Do the guides speak English?

Yes all the guides speak excellent English and French.

Who is best suited to this destination?

This lodge and location is suited to everyone.

What skill level is required?

Given the different rivers we have available and also our excellent guides this tour is suitable for everyone.

How physically demanding is this trip?

There is a limited amount of walking between pools. However, if you struggle with mobility and pre-warn us we can make sure you are only fishing water that is accessible by canoe.

When to go?

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 to July are prime weeks, although good water conditions will always dictate prospects and with the Bonaventure and Petit Cascapedia running colder, fishing conditions can remain good throughout the season. July, August and September are the best months to fish with a dry fly.

How will I get there?

Air Canada provides daily flight service between Montreal and Gaspé, Quebec or Bathurst and New Brunswick. There are two scheduled flights both to and from each location daily.  Once you have overnighted at Bathurst the lodge picks you up and transfers you the 2 hours to the Lodge.

What is the accommodation like?

The main lodge provides the perfect setting for your fly-fishing holiday, a laid back and relaxing atmosphere with a spacious and comfortable living room and dining room with a thirty foot river-stone fireplaces. The living room has a fully equipped fly-tying desk where you can create the perfect fly for your next day’s adventure.

The large deck overlooking the river is the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or night-cap underneath the stars. There are four well-appointed guest rooms each with private bathrooms sleeping up to 8 guests.

In addition to the main lodge, there is a private guest house which is ideal for a family of four, two couples or a business trip of four associates who are seeking a little more privacy. It features a spacious private living room with a huge thirty-foot fireplace, two spacious bedrooms with private baths and screened porches.

What is the food like?

Breakfasts include homemade wild berry jams, local maple syrup and fresh bread, which is baked daily. You will have lunch on the river or back at the lodge. Before dinner, you enjoy appetizers with your favourite drink. The chef’s menu boasts fresh local seafood, prime beef and many other mouth-watering creations.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

The lodge does have a selection of top brand name rods, reels, waders and boots in various sizes which are all available to rent for a nominal fee. The lodge also has a very well stocked small pro shop which has flies, spare lines and tippets.

Is internet and phone signal available?

A telephone, fax, two computers and high-speed internet access with wireless connection are available to use, there is also good WIFI and mobile phone signal.

Are there other activities available?

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. If you enjoy golf, there is a wonderful 18 hole, par 72 golf course 10 minutes from the lodge.

How much does it cost?

We offer you the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

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