The Salmon Lodge sits on the banks of the world-famous Grand Cascapedia and offers the freshwater fly fishing angler the best chance of catching Atlantic Salmon in Québec’s famous Gaspé Peninsula. Built in the late 1800s and perched high on an 80-foot bluff overlooking the river, the lodge has been operating for over a century and is one of the most reputable, historic fishing lodges in Canada and attracts hundreds of travelling anglers every year.
Nestled in real Salmon country, the Salmon Lodge has three famous rivers, the Bonaventure, the Petit and Grand Cascapedia, just a stone’s throw away from its doors. These are three of the most productive freshwater fly fishing rivers globally, not just by numbers of fish but also by incredible average size; fish to over 40lb get landed every season. Each of the three is equally seductive on account of their surroundings, pristine and typically crystal clear water.
The Grand Cascapedia consistently produces the most significant Atlantic Salmon in the province, whilst the Petite Cascapedia allows you to fish miles of some of the most beautiful and productive Salmon and Brook Trout water found anywhere. Finally, the Bonaventure, regarded as the clearest of the clear, offers anglers a unique opportunity to sight cast to huge Salmon on miles of pristine river.
When staying at the Salmon Lodge, fly anglers will have the chance to fish over 120 kilometres of the finest Canadian Salmon rivers found in the country. Although it’s not possible to know exactly where and which rivers you’ll be fishing, the variety of water and conditions are typically a massive asset in ensuring you will encounter excellent or exceptional fishing.
No other Salmon river in North America conjures up the amount of the Atlantic Salmon better than the Grand Cascapedia. The river’s source starts in the Chic-Choc mountain range, where it battles its way downriver, in and around spruce and alder forests, to the Bay of Chaleurs, a distance of approximately 112 kilometres. The river gets split into seven sectors, and Salmon Lodge has access to a sector, the lake and Salmon branches. Typically the Cascapedia carries a slight tea colour reflecting its drainage area and usually has a good volume of water with well-defined pools.
The Petite Cascapedia is one of the most intimate rivers on the Gaspe. However, despite its size, it features a large run of genuinely massive Salmon, with fish in the 30-40lb range not uncommon and comparable with those of the Grand Cascapedia. Like its bigger brother, much of the Petite Cascapedia starts from the sources of underground springs in the interior of the Chic Choc Mountains; this ensures that the water temperature rarely rises above 60 degrees even in the hottest of summers. Due to its location and the fact that most of the river can only be accessed effectively by canoe, the river receives very little angling pressure.
The Bonaventure is a genuinely magnificent Salmon river and features one of the most substantial runs of fish out of all the Gaspe rivers. One thing it’s famed for is its gin-clear water and the ability to spot fish wherever you stop. The river is renowned for its dry fly fishing, and there’s not too many better experiences in fly fishing than spotting a big Salmon, casting your fly to him and then watching him slurp it from the surface. This style of fishing can be exciting and emotionally exhausting in equal measure as you pit your wits against a very obvious quarry. The river is accessed by both wading and from a canoe and remains relatively cool throughout the season.
On all three rivers in the Gaspé Peninsula, the fishing is either wading or fishing from traditional 26-foot river canoes. In the early season, anglers can enjoy combining both, while later in the season, the pools are better fished by taking a relaxing float trip. In both instances, you’ll enjoy miles of pristine river, breathtaking scenery and explosive fishing.
Fishing is everything from swinging traditional flies through to the art of parachuting dry flies down on top of any Atlantic Salmon you spot. Both the Bonaventure and Petit are suitable to fish with single-handed or light switch rods, making for perfect presentation. On the Grand, which is a much bigger river, swinging wet flies is the preferred method. Although anglers use floating lines 90% of the time, it is always advisable to try some intermediate or slow sinking tips, especially when the Salmon are less energetic.
Anglers travelling to the Salmon Lodge can take all their fishing tackle if they wish; however, it is available for hire. The lodge has a selection of top brand named 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 with more flies than you will ever need, plus spare lines, tippets etc.
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The team of guides at the Salmon Lodge are highly experienced, incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and dedicated. All are seasoned Salmon fishers and are among the most respected and sought after in the sport. Their profound knowledge and enthusiasm provide all the ingredients necessary for a simply excellent fishing experience.
Rest assured, they will go the extra mile in search of your fish of a lifetime and are one of the main reasons guests return year after year.
The fishing on the rivers starts in early June and runs through until the end of September. The Salmon begin to enter the rivers in late May, and by June, when the lodge opens, good numbers of Atlantic Salmon are found throughout the waterways. The middle of June and the month of July are the prime weeks, although good water conditions will always dictate the fishing prospects. If the Bonaventure and Petite Cascapedia are running colder than average, the fishing can often remain good throughout the season. Those anglers who want to fish with a dry fly in clear water, July, August, and September are the best months.
The summer climate in Quebec’s Gaspe peninsula varies between 8-30 Celsius, and the water temperature usually sits between 10-15 Celsius. Travelling fly anglers won’t typically experience many rainy days, but showers and thunderstorms appear from time to time.
The Salmon Lodge is immersed in the history synonymous with all the great lodges on the Grand Cascapedia, and from the moment you arrive, there’s a special feeling that you’ve been swept back in time. For a good reason, the Salmon Lodge was built in 1901 and has graced the banks of the Grand Cascapedia river for more than 100 years.
The Salmon Lodge can host up to eight fishing guests and four non-fishing guests. It features a cosy atmosphere with well-appointed, comfortable bedrooms, private bathrooms, an inviting living room and a spacious dining room, both with their original fireplaces.
Overlooking the river, the large front deck and screened porch boast the best view in the valley, where a century’s worth of fishing tales have got told. In 2011 it underwent an ambitious ‘roof-raising’ renovation that transformed the living space whilst retaining the original feel of the building. The result is one of the most exquisite fishing lodges to be found.
The rod room, located in a separate building, is ideal for keeping all your fishing equipment during your visit. The place you’ll meet your guide in the morning, its features include individual storage areas for each guest and a large rod rack.
The resident chef prepares a different menu every day, and the food is something that the Lodge is famed for. Homemade bread and jam, along with all your morning favourites, will have you ready for your day on the river. Enjoy a wonderful lunch either at the Lodge or on the river. Evenings at the Lodge begin with hors d’oeuvres served in front of a blazing fire or on the deck overlooking the Grand Cascapedia. Mouth-watering meals served in our dining room begin with fresh salads, soups and appetizers; main courses include fresh lobster, local seafood and sizzling steaks off the grill, to mention a few.
Wine gets included with lunch and diner, but personal alcohol is not; however, guests are welcome to bring their own. The Lodge supplies all ice, mix and necessary ingredients for the perfect drink at the bar area and is only a short distance from a very well-stocked liquor store.
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. There’s even an excellent 18 hole, par 72 golf course situated just ten minutes away.
For your convenience, the Lodge also offers free high-speed wireless access. A computer for checking e-mail or sending fish bragging photos is also available for your use in the main Lodge.
The below itinerary is flexible should you require additional fishing days or additional free days to explore; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.
Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Montreal Depart Montreal
You will arrive in Bathurst in the early hours of the morning. You will take a taxi to your hotel to rest until a representative picks you up from your hotel early in the afternoon to drive you to Salmon Lodge. This transfer takes around 2 hours. You will arrive at the lodge in time to unpack and for hors d’oeuvres, drinks before evening dinner.
Overnight Accommodation: Salmon Lodge (Twin Room) F/B
Each morning after breakfast you will depart with your guides. This is based on two anglers to one 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. Alternatively, you can relax during a float trip along miles of pristine river, where you will experience not only great fishing along the way but the breath-taking scenery the area is famous for.
Overnight Accommodation: Salmon Lodge (Twin Room) F/B
You will spend a whole day fishing and then return to the lodge to pack and depart to the airport. You will be transferred back to Bathurst Hotel.
Overnight Accommodation: Atlantic Host Hotel Bathurst (Twin Room) B/B
Note: flights are normally early evening which does give you the whole morning free. If you wish you can even arrange a morning’s Striped Bass fishing with a guide. Take a taxi back to Bathurst airport for return flights home.
Arrive Montreal Depart Montreal
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 88%
"The best part of the fishing holiday in Gaspe Peninsula, Province of Quebec, East Canada, was staying at the Lodge, the fishing on the Grand Cascapedia also the day on the River Bonaventure. I cannot rate the Lodge, the staff and the fishing high enough. The car hire provided in Quebec was also excellent. The Hotel Auberge St Antoine was a very good indeed. The hotel at Riviere sur Loup and La Flavie were very good. The flight arrangements were poor. I think that the extra we paid for travelling premium economy was not good value for money. We had no problem at Heathrow in using the private lounge, that you booked for us and we paid for the 3 hours we were there. However this was not available at Montreal. Apart from the flights a very good holiday and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and we would love to return one day soon."
John Robins Robins
"The Lodge’s setting on the cliff over the looking the river is magnificent (make sure you have your pre-dinner drinks on the deck!), and the books about the history of the camp and river made us realize just how lucky we are to be part of the current generation of salmon fishers on such a storied river The Lodge took care of this first-time fly fisher spectacularly well and has spoilt me for anywhere else! I was invited to join a party of four very skilled fly fishers who were heading to the river for a week of fishing. The guides were all helpful, encouraging and very skilled; they know salmon and they know the river. As for the Lodge, the staff there makes you think there are no other guests, such is their capacity to focus on you and your needs. The meals were generous and delicious and they catered to this vegetarian without flinching. The range of supper dishes over the week was outstanding, and the generous shore lunches (with home made desserts!) worth writing home about. Breakfasts got us off on the right start each morning and I particularly appreciated the sustaining porridge. Rooms are very well appointed and every amenity is thought (and how many other Lodges deliver home-made fudge to your room for you to find when you get back from a day of fishing?)."
"Fishing is fun because of the balance between challenge and reward, while the experience can be taken to a higher level by the beauty of the surroundings, knowledgeable and helpful guides, an atmospheric and luxurious lodge, delicious food and not least, friendly and welcoming hosts who make sure that you are spoilt throughout the whole holiday. This description of the ideal fishing trip fits The Salmon Lodge like a glove. From the challenges of fishing in waters containing some of the largest salmon anywhere to the care taken by the lodge staff, memories of Salmon Lodge have filled my daydreams throughout the cold winter months ever since, when I first had the pleasure of experiencing a week there. Always at an exceptional level, they manage to raise the bar every year"
The season runs from June to October.
Season: June to October
Peak: July & September
Weight: 5lb to 48lb
Average Weight: 11lb
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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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