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Fishing on the Causapscal River. Photo: Roger St-Laurent, Tourisme Gaspésie

Enjoy a Fishing Experience in the Matapédia Valley

Here is a suggested itinerary for a 4-day trip in the Matapédia Valley, in Gaspésie, in the spring. Fish for the king of the salmon family in two of Québec’s best salmon rivers!

Salmon fishing with a guide in the Matapédia and Patapédia Rivers Wildlife Reserve.
Salmon fishing with a guide in the Matapédia and Patapédia Rivers Wildlife Reserve. Photo: Corporation de gestion des rivières Matapédia et Patapédia

Day 1 – The art of fly fishing in Causapscal

The Matapédia and Patapédia Rivers Wildlife Reserve offers you the opportunity to discover fly fishing (or perfect your technique) with experienced guides. Learn about the parts that make up a fly rod, the different types of flies and how to tie knots correctly. Your guide will also tell you about the code of ethics of salmon fishing as well as the regulations in effect in Québec.

You will learn specific salmon-fishing techniques as well as the art of fly casting. You can then head out to the river to try it for yourself and maybe even catch your first fish!

Other options for activities: Site patrimonial de pêche Matamajaw (fishing heritage site), Site des Chutes et Marais (salmon interpretation centre), chute à Philomène (waterfall and suspended lookout)

Local flavours to try: Be sure to sample the beers made by the La Captive microbrewery in Amqui.

Dining room in the Matapédia River Lodge.
Dining room in the Matapédia River Lodge. Photo: Auberge-Pourvoirie de la rivière Matapédia

Day 2 – Salmon fishing and relaxing nature getaway in Routhierville

Auberge-Pourvoirie de la rivière Matapédia offers you unparalleled service on a legendary river at the heart of Gaspésie. Your guide will show you the best pools in the area where you can go wade or canoe fishing.

After a day of fishing, enjoy a good meal in the lodge’s 4-star dining room, then spend a peaceful night in nature.

Other options for activities: Covered bridge in Routhierville, kayaking on the Matapédia River, Route des Belvédères. scenic route

Local flavours to try: Enjoy the table d’hôte menu at the Matapédia River Lodge Outfitter in Routhierville.

Impressive covered bridge over the Matapédia River in Routhierville
Impressive covered bridge over the Matapédia River in Routhierville. Photo: JC Lemay

Day 3 – More fishing, covered bridge and fishing history

Take the time to relax while enjoying breakfast on the patio at the Matapédia River Lodge Outfitter before returning to the river. Spend the morning fishing on a river that is known for producing some of the largest salmon in the province! Before heading back on the road, stop to observe Routhierville’s majestic covered bridge, which is 78 metres long.

In the afternoon, plunge into the history of a former private salmon fishing club at the Site patrimonial de pêche Matamajaw, a fishing heritage site. Reserved for the elite, the Matamajaw Salmon Club was founded on an estate originally owned by Lord Mount Stephen, a wealthy businessman and president of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Other options for activities: Site des Chutes et Marais (salmon interpretation site), La Captive microbrewery

Local flavours to try: Be sure to stop in at Chocolaterie BelJade, in Amqui, to try their Belgian chocolates made with regional ingredients.

Fishing guide Maxime Fournier with a great catch on the Matane River
Fishing guide Maxime Fournier with a great catch on the Matane River. Photo: Pourvoirie Fournier Plein Air

Day 4 – Fishing and Salmon Observation on the Matane River

The Pourvoirie Fournier Plein Air outfitter will provide you with the services of an experienced fishing guide on the Matane River. Because of its many tributaries, this river is considered an ideal place to learn how to fish. Maxime Fournier, the outfitter’s guide, will take you to the best salmon-fishing pools in the area.

Once you are done fishing for the day, you can also observe salmon in downtown Matane at the fish pass on the Mathieu-D’Amours Dam.

Other options for activities: Tour of the outfitter’s dog kennel, Matane Lighthouse, La Fabrique microbrewery

Local flavours to try: Try northern shrimp, a Matane specialty that is available in many local restaurants and cafés, including Boulangerie Toujours Dimanche.

Please note that this itinerary is intended for information purposes only; it is not a package. It is meant to inspire you and may be modified as you wish.

This blog post is sponsored by La Matapédia.


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