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Salmon Lodge | Cascapedia Canada | Fly Fishing

Overview

Tour code: CAN012

The Salmon Lodge sits on the banks of the world-famous Grand Cascapedia and offers you the best chances of catching Atlantic Salmon in Québec’s famous Gaspé Peninsula. One advantage of this lodge is the access to three famous rivers offering you the opportunity of some huge fish over 40lb while fishing in the middle of exceptional scenery.

Location
Ideally situated in the heart of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula, located on the doorstep of the some of the finest and most renowned Atlantic Salmon rivers in the province, you will find Salmon Lodge perched high on an 80-foot bluff overlooking the majestic Grand Cascapedia River. Salmon Lodge has graced the banks of the Grand Cascapedia river for over a century.

Fishing
Salmon Lodge provides you with the opportunity to fish three of the Gaspe Peninsula’s best and clearest Atlantic Salmon rivers. The Grand Cascapedia carries with it the name, the history and typically the biggest fish on the Gaspe. However, the quality and variety of fishing on the Petite and Bonaventure are an easy equal. Although it is not possible to specify exactly where and which rivers you will fish on a typical week the variety of water available to the lodge and conditions are typically a huge asset in ensuring you will encounter good fishing.

No other Salmon river in North America conjures up the amount of the Atlantic Salmon better than the Grand Cascapedia. The river source is in the Chic-Choc mountain range and battles its way downriver, in and around spruce and alder forests, to the Bay of Chaleurs, a distance of approx. 70 miles. The river is split into 7 sectors and Salmon Lodge has access to a sector as well as 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.

With one of the strongest runs of Salmon of all the Gaspe rivers, the Bonaventure is a magnificent Salmon river. What really makes this river stand out is its almost unparalleled water clarity, making it a river running gin-clear all season where it is possible to spot fish wherever you stop. The ability to see Salmon in such clarity is exciting while at the same time frustrating as you try to outwit the Salmon. With one of the strongest runs of Salmon of all the Gaspe rivers.

The Petite Cascapedia is one of the most intimate rivers on the Gaspe, although it maintains a run of Salmon in the 30-40lb range, comparable with those of the Grand Cascapedia. It is best fished with a single or a short double-handed rod. On the restricted sector, rods are limited to 8 per day and access to the pools are by canoe. This in itself is an unmissable way to fish and see the length of the river.

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 are in the river by early June when the lodge opens. Mid-June-July are 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.

Fishing is done either by wading or from our traditional 26 foot river canoes. Early season can be a combination of both while later in the season our pools are better fished by wading or relax during a float trip down miles of pristine river where you will experience not only great fishing along the way but the breathtaking scenery this area is famous for.

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 about this fishing trip contact our team who will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.

Accommodation
Salmon Lodge

The Salmon Lodge hosts up to eight fishing guests and four non-fishing guests . Well appointed and comfortable bedrooms all have a private bathroom. There’s an inviting living room and spacious dining room, both with their original fireplaces that create a relaxing and cozy atmosphere. A highlight of staying at Salmon Lodge is the spectacular view from the deck, where a century’s worth of fishing tales have been told.

For your convenience, free high speed wireless access is available for all guests. There’s also a computer available for checking e-mail or sending fish bragging photos back home.

The rod room, located in a separate building, is the ideal place to keep 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. In the rod room there is always fresh coffee in the morning and cool drinks at the end of the day.

Every day a different menu is prepared by the resident chef who will tempt your pallet. Homemade bread and jams, 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 the dining room begin with fresh salads, soups and appetizers. Main courses include fresh lobster, local seafood and sizzling steaks off the grill, just to mention a few. Wine is included with lunch and dinner, personal alcohol is not included, however, guests are welcome to bring their own.

At our bar area, we supply all the necessary ingredients for the perfect drink.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin & doubles
Telephone: Chargeable
Internet: WiFi
Power: 120 volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: In dinning 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: 11lb

Itinerary

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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

You will depart from the UK (alternative routes available) and arrive in Montreal.

From Montreal, you will depart to Bathurst.

Day 2

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 Rooms) F/B

Day 3 & 4 - Fishing Days

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 Rooms) F/B

Day 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: Salmon Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 7 & 8 - Fishing Days

If you have been catching plenty of fish on swinging wet flies, try your hand at catching Atlantic Salmon on some dry flies. It is a completely different challenge and an amazing sight watching the fish rise to take your fly.

Overnight Accommodation: Salmon Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 9 - Fishing Day

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 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

Prices

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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 Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
14/09/2019 24/09/2019 11 10 7 £7,995 On Request Book Now N/A
06/06/2020 16/06/2020 11 10 7 £7,865 On Request Book Now N/A
13/06/2020 23/06/2020 11 10 7 £7,865 On Request Book Now N/A
20/06/2020 30/06/2020 11 10 7 £7,915 On Request Book Now N/A
27/06/2020 07/07/2020 11 10 7 £7,885 On Request Book Now N/A
04/07/2020 14/07/2020 11 10 7 £7,965 On Request Book Now N/A
11/07/2020 21/07/2020 11 10 7 £8,065 On Request Book Now N/A
18/07/2020 28/07/2020 11 10 7 £8,115 On Request Book Now N/A
25/07/2020 04/08/2020 11 10 7 £8,115 On Request Book Now N/A

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.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's 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

What's 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

  • Stripped Bass fishing in Bathurst with guide

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

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

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

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

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Where is the lodge?

In the heart of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula, perched high on an 80-foot bluff overlooking the majestic and famous Grand Cascapedia River.

Where will I fish?

The lodge provides the opportunity to fish three of the Gaspe Peninsula’s best and clearest Atlantic salmon rivers. The Grand Cascapedia which is renowned for producing some of the largest Salmon in the world, the Petite Cascapedia, while during a float trip you will fish miles of some of the most productive Salmon and Brook Trout water anywhere and the gin clear Bonaventure, where sight fishing for Atlantic Salmon was born.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Each day two customers depart with each guide by a 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-minute drive however if you are up in the restricted zones it can take 60 mins to arrive. Once at the river, fishing is either wading or by canoes.

What fish will I catch?

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

How many fish will I catch?

This is always influenced by weather, water conditions and also anglers capabilities. 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, 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, if you are looking to fish in rivers where you will get takes and you will catch fish in normal conditions then look no further. 

What skill level is required?

Given the different rivers we have available and our excellent guides this tour is suitable to everyone including complete Salmon beginners right through to the hardened Salmon anglers looking to catch their first Atlantic Salmon on the dry fly.

How physically demanding is this trip?

There is a limited amount of walking from pool to pool, however again if you are struggling with mobility if you pre-warn us we can make sure you are only fishing water that is accessible by canoe so limited walking or standing all day.

When tis the best time 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-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.

How will I get there?

Air Canada provides daily flight service between Montreal and Gaspé, Quebec or Bathurst, 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?

Built in 1901 Salmon Lodge is immersed in the history synonymous with all the great lodges on the Grand Cascapedia. The lodge’s cosy atmosphere features well-appointed and comfortable bedrooms all with private bathrooms, an inviting living room and spacious dining room, both with their original fireplaces. Overlooking the river the large front deck and screened porch, boasts the best view in the valley, where a century’s worth of fishing tales have been 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.
After a rewarding day on the water, you can unwind with a cocktail and a great meal. 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.

What is the food like?

Your Salmon Lodge adventure is perfectly complemented by the enjoyment of fine dining. Our chef’s menu boasts fresh local seafood, prime beef and many other mouth-watering creations. Breakfasts feature all your favourites including homemade wild berry jams, local maple syrup and fresh bread baked daily. Lunch, on the river or back at the lodge, is an experience in its self. Before dinner, you can enjoy tasty appetizers with your favourite drink. Evening dinner is served in our dining room overlooking the majestic Grand Cascapedia River.

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 from the lodge for a nominal fee. The lodge also has a very well stocked small pro shop which has more flies than you will ever need, plus spare lines, tippets etc.

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. For golfers, there is also within ten minutes from a wonderful 18 hole, par 72 golf course.

How much does it cost?

We offers 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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Reviews

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Kevin

I would like to start with a big thanks to Peter, as always a great host with a fantastic ability to look after the group but not forgetting each individuals needs. Also a thanks to all the guys on the trip, some new friends and some old ones, but all happy to share information and tackle.

I found both lodges to be first class, with Julie and Jonny always on hand to answer any questions and give details of the plans for the following day. The food was great with the staff going above and beyond to cater for my fickle taste buds.

The guides on the bonny were first class, we did not see the river at its best because of the low water and my poor results were more to do with my inefficiency’s than the efforts of the guides. I must give a mention of “skinny”Marc, I found him to be a fantastic teacher and the tips he gave me will stand me in good stead for future trips.

We encountered the cascapedia in high water conditions and this set a list of new problems for the novice Atlantic’s angler in me and after a chat with the other guys on the journey home we felt the guides did not give us the best of advise on the use of sink tips and the use of these by the more experienced guys showed in their better catch rates, another lesson learned!.

So in summing up, I found this a much greater challenge than that of Pacific’s on the west coast, but no less enjoyable and a prize hard fought for always means so much more.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Kevin

Thanks for such a good clear and fair review of the trip. Yes it was a great group and a great trip but one that did also challenge us all with fishing methods and technique. I believe you are spot on with your comments about experience and the guides. I am already looking forward in returning next year when hopefully we will have some better water conditions and we will be far better prepared with the knowledge of what to expect.

It was a pleasure as always having you on the trip and also spending some time fishing with you. I will look forward to next time my friend.

Regards Peter

John

Two very different rivers is a strength of this trip.

The Bonaventure is unique in its size and gin-clear clarity.

Challenging intriguing yet capable of giving up her goods when she chooses.

The Grand Cascapedia on the other hand more familiar to Scottish anglers, but has plentiful large fish in a wild picturesque setting.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback and your comments as they are very important to us and future customers. I will be reviewing all the pre trip information and amending as necessary with the new information gained from our latest trip.

Congratulations on catching your personnel best salmon on the trip in that pool it must have been one hell of a fight.

Just also like to say thanks for joining me on the hosted trip, it was a pleasure fishing with you and I hope we get to do it all again one day soon.

Regards Peter

Stuart

In all a very satisfying trip. Well organised, excellent company, service and accommodation.

Fishing for Atlantics understandably influenced by initial adverse river conditions.

Tackle instructions e.g. cone heads etc could have been more helpful.

Guides sometimes reluctant to deviate from their well practised plots.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Stuart

Thanks for the feedback and your comments. I have already reported back about some of the comments and findings about some guides not liking trying different methods when water conditions are not perfect, and I believe that Glenn will have this all sorted out.

As we know we the conditions due to the lowest water levels for over 40 years was always going to provide us with some tough conditions, however I think the group did extremely well considering the challange, with some nice Atlantic Salmon coming the the net and also some new personal bests on the trip.

I enjoyed having a couple of days out with you, one on the Bonaventure and one on the Grand as they were totally different days but we did have such a laugh on both of them.

Just like to say a huge thank you for choosing Sportquest Holidays, I know this was your first trip with us and I am sure it will not be the last.

Kind Regards Peter

David

The trip was, as always, extremely well organised from start to finish.

Both Camps, Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge, were excellent with the accommodation, food and service by all members of the respective staffs superb.

Whist little can be done about weather and river levels, our first days fishing were made particularly difficult by the lack of water and the subsequent collection of fish in the many pools.

The Guides' general obsession with 'dry-fly' even when conditions were clearly unsuited was 'disturbing' but some (guides) were prepared to succumb to our wishes to 'go below' with some success.

The rain mid-week made a substantial difference and both rivers 'picked up'.

It would have been useful to know that there is a catch limit on both Rivers fished. The journeys to and from beats can be long and 'steal' a substantial part of the fishing day. To have to stop fishing in a matter of hours would not be particularly welcome (Peter had two Fish in less than an hour and, without an 'understanding' Guide, would have spent the rest of his day thumb-twiddling!!). I imagine this could be commonplace on days when the river is right and the fish are running.

On a more personal note, my injuries prior to the trip made moving let alone fishing difficult for me.

I am extremely grateful to Peter for the care and attention given to me.

The Group was extremely well balanced and it was a pleasure to fish with them.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

David

Thanks do much for taking the time to write a review and also for your time on the hosted trip. It was also a pleasure to get to fish with you for a day after all these years.

You have made some very good points above and ones I totally agree with. I am addressing these points with the lodge and they will not be an issue for next season. In relation to the catch limit as we know its a softish rule and in most cases fishing can continue. Its more of a rule (Which I do understand) if both anglers max out in a day as this saves any beats getting too much pressure in anyone day. However if like in my case you max out in just 15 cast and your fishing partner has not had a fish, it is only far to let them fish through the rest of the day first a couple of times and yes then the guide was happy for me to continue to wet a line. Mind you if everyone caught 2 or 3 Atlantic Salmon each and everyday I am sure everyone would be extremely happy.

It was a pleasure taking good care of you and I will ensure you receive the same service with me in Argentina.

Great group lots of laughs and look forward in fishing with you again.

Regards Peter

Hog

Went up to the Salmon Lodge for the first time this past July.

A great experience to meet other anglers and share fishing stories.

The Lodge is a great place to be, with a phenomenal view. Food is very good as well as the staff in Lodge. Guides were second to none and very helpful with any question we had on how to fish a run or pool.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased that the lodge meet with your expectations.

Hope to see you again.

Pete

Glenn and his crew have put it all together a great lodge in a beautiful setting, access to great water, experienced guides, outstanding meals and an attentive, capable and hospitable staff.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for the feedback, Glenn and his team sure do run a fantastic operation, so we would agree its first class.

Don

This was my first ever Atlantic salmon fishing experience and it exceeded all my expectations.

The Lodge accommodations, the staff, meals and the fishing arrangements on the Grand Cascapedia were outstanding.

The Lodge's staff also got my fishing partner and I directed to the Bonaventure River for a good day of fishing when the Grand Cascapdedia was blown out by thunderstorms.

This experience is one I will bring my wife to enjoy. Though she does not fish, she'll definitely enjoy the amenities, scenery and all that the staff have to offer.

Of all the fishing lodges I have enjoyed the Salmon Lodge stands out as the single most wonderful experience.

Thank you folks for such a wonderful trip.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Don, thank you for your kind words and we are so glad that everything was perfect for you.

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Claude

Salmon Lodge continues to be consistently excellent.

A great fishing experience.

Theres nothing negative i can say

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thats what we like nothing negative...

Thank you for the review

jeannie

I am still very much a novice at this wonderful sport.

The guides at the Salmon Lodge go out of their way to make learning a fun experience not a frustrating one.

The scenery, the stillness all add to the charm of fly-fishing. I am looking forward to my third trip in 2016

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for the feedback and review and I am sure everyone at the lodge is already looking forward to you returning.

Have a good trip.

Nick

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

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Nick very well put and nice review

Thanks for all your time.

Helen

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?).

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Helen, this lodge sure does make ladies and first timers very welcome as many customers have said before. So glad you enjoyed your stay.

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John Robins

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.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

John

Thank you for your detailed feedback, Really glad that you all enjoyed the lodge, staff and food. Plus I have seen some great pictures of you all with fish and everyone looked very happy indeed.

Premium economy is basically economy the only difference is the seats are wider and there is more space between you and the row in front. It is nothing like business class, but there again it costs nothing like business class. Access to all airlines lounges is restricted to only customers travelling in Business or First Class. I did point this pout to you and thats why we booked you access to a private lounge at Heathrow, unfortunately not all airports have private lounges that can be booked, which means if you defiantly need and want to only sit in a lounge the only way is to travel Business or First class.

Overall I am very happy that you all enjoyed the holiday and hope the flights were not to much of a distraction for you all. I look forward in dealing with your group again soon.

Regards Peter

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