Rising in the Parc de la Gaspésie, the Bonaventure River flows 125 kilometers through a bed of rocks, pebbles and cobbles to the Baie-des-Chaleurs. The exceptional quality of its cold, crystal-clear water makes for excellent salmon-fishing conditions, with salmon easy to spot.
The Bonaventure River has a rich history. As early as 1697, King Louis XIV of France granted the river a seigneury. While the river has long been renowned for the quality of its salmon fishing, it was long reserved for wealthy Americans and members of select private clubs. Today, 78% of the river's length is publicly owned, the rest privately.
In fact, two partners share the exploitation of the salmon resource: the Association des pêcheurs sportifs de la Bonaventure, which manages salmon fishing on some 65 kilometers of the river, and Club Camp Bonaventure. Easily accessible, the Zec Bonaventure has 98 pools in 8 fishing sectors, including 5 draw sectors and 3 public sectors. Many of the pools are wadeable, and canoeing is an important option when water levels are high.