Camp Bonaventure, QC

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Bonaventure, Quebec.

Camp Bonaventure, QC

Overview

Welcome to Camp Bonaventure, a sporting lodge designed for the most discriminating fly-fishing enthusiast. Nestled in a natural stand of white birches on the bank of the Bonaventure River "perhaps the clearest salmon river in the world". From the moment you arrive our friendly and professional lodge staff will make you feel right at home. Your days on the river are only enhanced by our friendly, experienced and dedicated guides, their knowledge is only surpassed by their passion for Atlantic salmon fishing.

Our highest priority is to provide you with a world-class fly-fishing vacation, both on the river and back at the Lodge. Québec's Gaspé Peninsula boasts some of the best and most renowned Atlantic salmon rivers in the world. We are located in the heart of the best and most productive salmon waters the sport has to offer. Camp Bonaventure provides its guests the opportunity to fish over 80 miles of three fabled Atlantic salmon rivers. The Bonaventure is legendary for its water clarity and its sight-casting opportunities, where underwater visibility exceeds 150 feet. The Petite Cascapedia is known for its gin-clear picturesque pools holding big salmon and huge brookies, and the world-famous Grand Cascapedia, where salmon in the forty-plus pound class are not uncommon.

The head waters of our rivers begin high in the Chic-Choc mountain range in the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula, providing cold, clear water throughout the entire season. Some of our very best salmon fishing occurs at times when other rivers experience poor fishing due to high water temperatures or low water conditions. We offer you our team of expert Orvis-endorsed guides who are dedicated professionals and have fished these waters for many years. Your days on the river are enhanced by their profound knowledge and experience, but most of all, their passion for Atlantic salmon fishing and friendly approach.

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 our area is famous for.

Accommodations

Camp Bonaventure has been described as one of the finest sporting lodges in North America. Designed with your every convenience in mind and built to satisfy the most discriminating sporting requirements.

Our main lodge provides the perfect setting for your fly-fishing vacation–a laid-back and relaxing atmosphere. Featuring spacious and comfortably appointed living room and dining room with thirty-foot river stone fireplaces. In the living room is a fully equipped fly-tying desk where you can create the perfect fly for your next day’s adventure. Our large deck overlooking the river is just the right place to enjoy a morning coffee or nightcap 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.

In addition to the main lodge, our 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 quiet and relaxation, it features a spacious private living room with a huge thirty- foot fireplace, two spacious bedrooms with private baths and screened porches, and a wonderful patio complete with Adirondack chairs. No need to come to the main lodge before breakfast or dinner as our staff delivers fresh coffee and juice in the morning and hors d’oeuvres before dinner.

Our convenient and well-designed rod room is where you keep your fishing equipment and meet your guide in the morning. Located in a separate building its where the action takes place. Features include private storage areas for each angler’s gear and waders, a rod rack that can accommodate even 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.

Food & Drink

Your Camp Bonaventure 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 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 its self. Before dinner enjoy tasty appetizers with your favorite drink. Evening dinner is served in our dining room overlooking the beautiful Bonaventure river. Gathering in front of an open fireplace and enjoying an elegant meal is always a fitting way to complement a memorable day.

Wine is included with lunch and diner. Alcohol is not included however guests are welcome to bring their own. At our bar in the main lodge and guest house you will find all the necessary ingredients for the perfect drink. We are a short distance from a very well-stocked liquor store.

We also cater to guests with special dietary requirements. Fine dining, superb accommodations and great service are hallmarks of the Camp Bonaventure experience.

FAQs

Season:

The Atlantic salmon fishing season opens on June 1st and continues until September 30.

Species:

Our target species are Atlantic salmon. Our rivers are regarded as the clearest Atlantic salmon rivers in the world . Anglers have the unique opportunity to sight cast to salmon ranging from 4 to over 40 pounds! Dry fly fishing is second to none on miles of pristine river.

Region/Terrain:

There's nothing quite like casting your fly to a fresh run Atlantic salmon, except of course when you are sight fishing! Bonaventure Lodge provides its guests the opportunity to fish three of the Gaspe Peninsula's best and clearest Atlantic salmon rivers. The Grand Cascapedia, 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.

Mountain streams and spring-fed brooks supply our rivers with cold water throughout the entire summer, keeping them cool and clear. Great fishing conditions remain consistent all season long. Our team of Orvis-Endorsed guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and dedicated. Seasoned salmon fishermen themselves, they are among the most respected and sought after in the sport and one of the reasons our guests return year after year.

Typical Weather:

The weather on Quebec's, Gaspe peninsula is very similar to that of the Northeast United Sates. Summer temperatures may vary from 18-30 Celsius (65 to 85 Fahrenheit) June and September being the cooler months. Water temperatures vary from 10 to 15 C (50 to 60 F). We don't experience many rainy days but we do have showers and thunder showers from time to time, it's always best to be prepared.

Rates:

We offer three, four, and seven day packages. A three-day package would be an arrival on a Sunday and fish Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday or an arrival on Thursday and fish Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 3 days/$3525

A four-day package would be an arrival on Sunday and fish Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday or an arrival on Wednesday and fish Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 4 days/$4700

A seven- day package runs from Sunday to Sunday, Wednesday to Wednesday, or Thursday to Thursday. 7 days/ $8225

What is Provided:

Our packages include:

  • Lodging and dining, snacks
  • Fishing, professional guides
  • Transportation while at the lodge
  • Plus, many other amenities.

Rates are based per person on double occupancy. Maximum capacity is 12 fishing guests.

Typical Itinerary:
Guests arrive the afternoon before fishing in time for hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and evening dinner. Departure is after the last full day of fishing. We are pleased to assist in hotel arrangements on your departure day. If we have availability at the lodge guests you are welcome to stay.

Schools and seminars:
Camp Bonaventure hosts annual salmon fishing schools and casting seminars each summer. Learn the art and science of fly fishing for Atlantic salmon on the river from some of the most successful and respected salmon anglers in the sport today. Our fishing school covers all the bases to make you a successful Atlantic salmon angler. Topics include: salmon biology, fly tying, fly selection, casting, reading water, locating fish, catch and release, and much more. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned angler looking to perfect your skills, our "on the river" casting seminars for both single-handed and spey casting are very informative. Your time spent with some of the most talented and respected casting instructors in the sport will make you a better caster and a more successful Atlantic salmon angler.

Onsite Orvis Fly and Tackle Shop:
Fully-stocked with the right gear and clothing for the job. We carry a diverse selection of the newest Orvis rods, reels, and waders. A varied choice of rods from the newHelios, the world's lightest fly rod, to the complete Clearwater II outfit for beginners. Having the right flies are always important, we have a huge selection of both wet and dry flies for all water conditions. Tied by our guides, they are a must for your fly box. With a varied choice of gear, clothing, and equipment we are sure to have what you are looking for. Special orders prior to your visit are welcome; just let us know what you need. We would be pleased to ship it to your home or have it at the lodge upon your arrival. We are also pleased to assist you and lend our advice. For a nominal fee to allow us to provide this service, our fly shop offers a full line of rental equipment including rods, reels and waders.

Gear Recommendations:

Having the proper clothing and equipment is an essential ingredient for a successful trip. We have put together a list on our web site that we hope will assist you in preparing for your holiday. Having the right gear will make your trip much more enjoyable. If you have any questions on what needs to be brought, just ask us.

Clothing & Accessories

  • Long & short sleeved shirts
  • Long & short pants
  • Sweater or pull-over
  • 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
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

Fishing Equipment:

  • Suggested 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)
  • Breathable waders
  • Felt soled wading boots (no studded soles please)
  • Wading belt
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • 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 fly's
  • Equipment, clothing and gear orders prior to your visit are welcome, just let us know what you need. We can have it here for your arrival or have it shipped to your home. We are always available to give our advice and suggestions.

What to Bring:

Please feel free to contact us regarding any special requests.

Other:

Please visit our web site at www.campbonaventure.com or call us toll free at 1-800-737-2740. We are always pleased to answer any questions you may have.

Additional Activities:

The Gaspe Peninsula is rich in culture, heritage, and natural beauty and offers many activities for the non-angler. This special region of Quebec has its own identity and its warm, proud people readily share their enthusiasm for life with visitors. The original settlers of the region were of both French and English decent and nearby historical sites depict the lives of these early settlers. Both languages are now commonly used throughout the region. Camp Bonaventure is ideally situated, about midway along the south coast of the peninsula, for visiting many of its attractions.

Hiking and mountain bike trails are located within a half-mile from the Lodge and mountain bikes are available. For golfers, we are ten minutes from a wonderful 18- hole, par 72 golf course.

The Gaspe is famous for its local artisans, many of whom have shops and galleries to visit along the coast. World-famous wildlife painter, John Wiseman, has a gallery near the town of Perce. Some of his works are displayed at our camp. The town of Perce is a busy village which offers charm and spectacular scenery. Here the Appalachian Mountain Range plunges into the Atlantic Ocean, forming the famous Perce Rock. The resulting geology is very impressive. A day trip to Perce is a definite must.

This coastline is also a haven to many forms of wildlife. A variety of sea birds are found along the coast and the Provincial Bird Sanctuary on Bonaventure Island hosts the world's largest population of nesting gannets and many other sea birds. Trips to the island for bird watching are available. During the summer months, the waters surrounding the Gaspe are frequented by a number of species of whales, minkes, grays, and the enormous blues are commonly seen. Whale watching tours are closely regulated so as not to disturb these magnificent creatures, but allow excellent opportunities to observe them.

The coastline also offers many beaches and refreshing swimming. Fossils are often found on most of the beaches along the coast and beachcombing for fossils is becoming popular.

In the center of the peninsula, the terrain is very mountainous, The Park de la Gasp'sie is a provincial park within these very old Chic-Choc Mountains. This park has many hiking, biking, and driving trails, as well as guided tours. Mount Jacques Cartier, located within the park, is the highest peak in Canada east of the Rockies. The park offers the opportunity to observe Arctic flora, caribou, moose, beavers, salmon and numerous species of birds. The Gite du Mont-Albert is an inn located in the park which has a highly-regarded restaurant offering gastronomic regional cuisine'an ideal place for lunch or a drink.

For relaxation of the spirit, mind, and body, the Park Inn is a highly-regarded spa specializing in Thalassotherapy. It is located approximately 20 minutes from the Lodge and is housed in early 18th-century mansion overlooking the ocean, surrounded by beautiful grounds. The spa offers a vast range of up-to-date facilities and a professionally trained staff single or multiple day treatment sessions can be arranged, but must be booked in advance.

The towns and villages along the coast have many shops and boutiques, the larger towns have shopping centers, drug stores, photo shops, etc.The staff at Camp Bonaventure is happy to assist in arranging outings for any of our guests. Some guests like to explore on their own and there is lots to discover, others prefer some guided assistance and we are able to help with this as well.

Reviews



Camp Bonaventure
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Glenn LeGrand
St. George
Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada
800-737-2740
418-534-3678
2013 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year

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