DATES: Sept. 13th - 20th, 2020
LENGHT OF TRIP: 7 nights, 7 days
PRICING: $7,500 per angler
Join your Orvis host and fly-fishing instructor in pursuit of Atlantic salmon—the King of Fish—at the school at Camp Bonaventure on Canada's Gaspe Peninsula. These remarkable fish are known for unpredictable behavior, Herculean runs, and unbelievable leaps. In this all-inclusive week-long school, you will become well versed in the proper techniques used to target Atlantic salmon. You'll fish different water each day and do everything from sight fishing with large dry flies to swinging the bigger water with two-handed Spey and switch rods. Camp Bonaventure provides the perfect setting for this immersive learning experience—a laid back and relaxing atmosphere with luxurious accommodations and fine cuisine. Don't miss this Orvis-exclusive opportunity to target Atlantic salmon in some of the clearest water in the world. Camp Bonaventure provides its guests with a truly unforgettable Atlantic salmon fishing experience. Ideally located on the stunning shores of Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula, we specialize in sight fishing for Atlantic salmon on some of the world's clearest and pristine rivers. An Orvis-endorsed Lodge, Camp Bonaventure provides comfort, service, and standard of sport that will delight you and your guests. Whether you are seeking a private fly-fishing vacation or a corporate retreat, we deliver all the necessary ingredients for the ultimate fly-fishing adventure.
Arrive at Camp Bonaventure Your trip begins when you arrive at Camp Bonaventure. Most guest fly into Bathurst, New Brunswick. From there, it is about two and a half hours to drive around Chaleur Bay to Camp Bonaventure. Upon arrival you'll settle into your room, meet your host and fellow anglers and enjoy your first evening at the lodge.
Guided fishing each morning starts with hot coffee and breakfast at 7:00am in the dining room. Following breakfast, you will meet your guide outside the Rod Room and gear up for the day. You'll head out to fish your stretch of river for the day, taking your lunch with you to eat streamside. If you're fishing close to the lodge you can return to eat lunch in the dining room. After fishing, you'll return to the lodge around 4:30pm. When you arrive you can hang your gear in your locker, grab a beverage and relax until dinner. Dinner is served at 6:30 each evening.
Leaving Camp Bonaventure Breakfast is served at 7:00 am. Depending on departing times, you can have lunch at the lodge or depart to the airport right away in the morning. You are welcome to stay for another full day of guided fishing after checking out.
The lodge at Camp Bonaventure is a warm, inviting lodge centered around a 30-foot river-stone fireplace. The main lodge is comprised of a large living room for catching up with your fellow anglers after a long day on the river, a spacious dining room, and a large deck overlooking the Bonaventure River. There is also a fly-tying desk so you can create the perfect fly for your next day on the water.
Camp Bonaventure also offers a private guest house, ideal for a group of four that is looking for a quieter or more private experience. The house has two bedrooms with private baths and screened-in porches, a 30-foot fireplace, and a patio overlooking the river, complete with Adirondack chairs for relaxing after fishing or under the stars at night.
The four guest rooms in the main lodge are spacious, each with two beds, a private bathroom and screened in porch.
Separate from the main lodge is the Rod Room. With private storage for each angler's rods, waders and boots, the room has radiant heat to ensure your gear dries each night. The rod racks are large enough to accommodate 15' spey rods. Hot coffee will be available each morning while you gear up, and cold drinks upon your return.
What is Included?
Scheduled days of guided fishing
Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner
Beer and house wine
Transportation to and from the river
How Many People are on this Trip?
This trip is limited to only 5 guests.
Your Orvis host and instructor can work with all skill levels and abilities, however we suggest having some previous fly-fishing and fly-casting experience to make the most of this trip.
What am I Responsible For?
Airport transfers or rental cars
Flies (available onsite)
How Strenuous are the Activities?
Not strenuous at all. We will operate at your pace.
Meals and Dining
The meals during your trip to Camp Bonaventure will likely be another highlight of the week. The chef's menu boasts fresh local seafood, prime beef, and many other mouth-watering creations. Breakfasts feature all of your favorites including homemade wild berry jams, local maple syrup, and fresh breads baked daily. Lunch, on the river or back at the lodge, is an experience in itself. Before dinner, enjoy tasty appetizers with your favorite drink. Evening dinner is served in our dining room overlooking the beautiful Bonaventure River. Wine is included with both lunch and dinner. Special dietary requests can be accommodated.
Fly fishing for Atlantic salmon is our main activity, however, we are pleased to help arrange activities for the non-fishing guest. Our property provides a great setting for hiking, birding, and biking.
The staff at Camp Bonaventure is happy to assist in arranging outings for any of our guests. Hiking and mountain bike trails are located within a half mile from the Lodge and mountain bikes are available. For golfers, we are also within ten minutes from a wonderful 18 hole, par 72 golf course. Some of our guests like to explore on their own. There is lots to discover, while others prefer some guided assistance. We are able to help with this as well.
Atlantic salmon, brook trout, and sea trout.
The fishing at Camp Bonaventure, on Québec's Gaspé Peninsula, takes place on some of the most renowned Atlantic salmon rivers in the world. The Bonaventure River, Grand Cascapedia and Petite Cascapedia combine to offer anglers over 80-miles of fishable water. Each river has its own characteristics which will keep even the most well-traveled anglers eager for the next day on the water. Each day you'll head out from the lodge with your guide, and wade a beat, or float a section of river from a traditional cedar canoe.
The Bonaventure is legendary for its crystal-clear water. Visibility can exceed 150-feet! The water clarity allows you to sight-fish to salmon with traditional, swung flies, or you can try and draw them to the surface by floating a bomber over top of them. The Petite Cascapedia is also known for its clear water, picturesque pools, large salmon, and native brook trout. You may also fish its sister river, the Grand Cascapedia. The Grand Cascapedia is world famous for large salmon. It is not uncommon for anglers to hook fish over 40 lbs.!
What Else to Bring?
Clothing and Accessories
Long and short-sleeved shirts
Long and short pants
Sweater or pullover
Polar fleece jacket or vest for mornings and evenings
Leggings and insulated socks to be worn under waders
Your favorite fishing hat
A good quality rain jacket
Short boots for getting in and out of boats
Fly rods 9' 8/9 wt. medium to fast action / 9' 7 wt. fast action
Spey rod (if preferred) we do however recommend a singled handed rod as well
Reel with an adequate drag system capable of holding 150 yards of 20 lb. backing
Floating weight-forward fly line
Intermediate sink-tip fly line for early and late season (optional)
Felt-soled wading boots (no studded soles, please)
Fishing vest, chest or fanny pack
Leader material, we recommend a selection of 8 to 12 lb. test
Fly boxes with a selection of wet and dry flies