The York River rises in the Notre-Dame Mountains and flows eastward through the middle of the Gaspé Peninsula before emptying into the Gaspé Bay - an important route for Atlantic salmon runs. This 98-kilometre-long river flows mainly through uninhabited areas. Thanks to its consistent water levels, the incredible emerald green colour of the water, and the remarkable size of its salmon (sometimes weighing more than 35 lbs.), the York has been one of the most coveted rivers by anglers in Canada for more than a century.
There are 11 sectors on the York; 7 limited access sectors and 4 public access sectors, combining for a total of 70 pools. The sectors found in the lower part of the river are the easiest to access, which is where most salmon stop and rest before moving further upstream. Wade fishing is the usual method on the York river, except when fishing the lower part of sector 4 in high water conditions, where the use of a canoe is recommended.
The York River has achieved legendary status, drawing anglers from all over the world who seek to experience the rush of catching the King of all fish.