The York River rises in the Notre-Dame Mountains and flows through central Gaspésie before emptying into Gaspé Bay, an important route for the Atlantic salmon run. The 98 kilometer long river flows mainly through uninhabited areas. With its constant emerald-green water level, rapid flow and salmon weighing in at over 15 kilograms (35 pounds), the York River has been one of Canada's most coveted rivers for anglers for at least a century.
This splendid waterway boasts 11 fishing sectors, including 7 restricted draw sectors and 4 public sectors, totaling 70 pools. The most easily accessible are the first ones downstream, where the salmon stop before heading further upstream. Fishing is by wade only, except for the downstream part of sector 4 during high-water periods, when canoeing is recommended.
The York River has become legendary, attracting anglers who seek the adrenalin of a sporting battle with the king of the waters.