Ideally situated in the Heart of Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula we are located on the doorstep of the some of the finest and most renowned Atlantic salmon rivers in the province. If you are searching for a great fly-fishing vacation in a truly special place, Salmon lodge is for you.
The Salmon Lodge experience is enhanced by our friendly and dedicated staff who bring the most important ingredient of all – exception personal service.
The Atlantic salmon fishing season opens on June 1st and continues until September 30.
Our Packages include Lodging and dining, snacks, fishing, professional guides and Transportation while at the lodge as well as many other amenities.
There’s nothing quite like casting your fly to a fresh run Atlantic salmon, except of course when you are sight fishing! Salmon 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.
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 float trip down miles of pristine river where you will experience not only great fishing along the way but the breathtaking scenery our area is famous for.
Easy access from all major US and Canadian cities with scheduled daily flights from Montreal. We are equipped with a 6000 foot paved landing strip for private aircraft. We can also arrange for a private charter. A full service overnight train from Montreal is also available. For those who prefer to drive we are located 10 hours from Boston, Mass., and 7 hours from Bangor, Maine. We are pleased to assist with your travel arrangements, please contact us for details.
The weather on Quebec's, Gaspe peninsula is very similar to that of the North East 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 Celsius ( 50 to 60 Fahrenheit ) 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.
Guests arrive the afternoon before their first day of fishing in time for hors d'oeuvres, drinks and evening diner, anytime after 2 PM . Each day when you wake there is always fresh coffee and some of the chef’s morning delights to get you going. A full breakfast is served in our dining room beginning at 7 o'clock. After breakfast you will meet your guide in the Rod Room located in a separate building. Your guide will help you prepare for your day on the river, seeing you have the proper equipment, fly's and gear. To allow you to get the most fishing possible your guide will be bring along a wonderfully prepared lunch for your noon meal on the river. Imagine sitting at a prepared table overlooking the river while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and a nice glass of wine before lunch is served. After a full day on the river your guide will bring you back to the main lodge for a great dinner. On your final day departure is after the a full day of fishing. We are pleased to assist in hotel arrangements on your departure day. If we have availability at the lodge guests are welcome to stay.
Salmon Fishing & Casting Schools
Salmon Lodge 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 & 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.
Our onsite Orvis fly and tackle shop is 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 new Helios, the world’s lightest fly rod to the complete Clearwater II outfit for beginners.
Having the right fly's are always important, we have a huge selection of both wet and dry fly's 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.
The Gaspe Peninsula is rich in culture, heritage and natural beauty and offers many activities for the non-fisherperson. 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 eighteen 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 gannet-s' and many other sea birds, Trips to the island for bird watching are available. During the summer months the water 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 Gaspésie 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-s'. 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 minute's 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.
Perched high on an 80 foot bluff overlooking the majestic Grand Cascapedia River, Salmon lodge provides the perfect setting for your salmon fishing vacation. From the moment you arrive there's a special feeling that you've been swept back in time, and for good reason, Salmon lodge has graced the banks of the Grand Cascapedia river for over a century.
The lodge's cozy 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 our large front deck and screened porch, boasts the best view in the valley, where a century’s worth of fishing tales have been told.
After a rewarding day on the water, you can unwind with a cocktail and get to know you fellow guests, while anticipating a great meal.
For your convenience we offer free high speed wireless access to all our guests. A computer for checking e-mail or sending fish bragging photos is available for your use in the main lodge.
Our convenient and well designed rod room is where you keep your fishing equipment and meet your guide in the morning. Located in separate building it's 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! The rod room always has fresh coffee in the morning and cool drinks when you return after a your day on the river.
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 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 diner enjoy tasty appetizers with your favorite drink. Evening dinner is served in our dining room overlooking the majestic Grand Cascapedia River.
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
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.