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In brief


The Rivière aux Saumons flows north from Anticosti Island for 52 kilometers. It flows into Broom Bay after dropping more than 200 metres from its source on a continental divide.

Although it is one of the island's only dark-coloured rivers, Rivière aux Saumons is exceptionally transparent. Its bed is mostly rock and pebbles. It contains 10% of the island's salmon spawning grounds and, along with the Rivière de la Chaloupe, 20% of potential adult salmon habitat.

Like most rivers on Anticosti Island, its flow fluctuates widely. After a few days without rain, its level drops significantly. The salmon are then trapped in the deepest pools and are very inactive. But as soon as it rains, the river takes on a light hue, and the salmon remaining in the estuary can begin their journey to the spawning grounds.

The rivière aux Saumons is distinguished by its magnificent limestone escarpments, which sometimes force the angler to fly in the direction of the river. The river's ever-changing topography flattens out further downstream. The outfitter Safari Anticosti holds exclusive fishing rights to some 30 km of river from its mouth. Wade fishing is available in one of 16 pools on the outfitter's territory, out of a total of 36 pools accessible to salmon.


North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island

Carte - North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island

Access to the region

Duplessis: The main highway, Route 138, runs along the St-Laurent, crossing a dozen municipalities as far as Natashquan. The northern hinterland, where the towns of Fermont and Scherfferville are located, is accessible by road from Baie-Comeau and by train from Sept-Îles. Finally, the Basse Côte-Nord region can be reached by boat or plane.

Anticosti: accessible by boat or plane.


Nature at its best

Twenty-seven monumental rivers await you in this vast territory, where nature is grandiose, generous and wild, with salmon renowned for their fighting spirit!

This immense territory includes Duplessis and the paradise island of Anticosti.

In Duplessis, as you travel east along the St-Laurent, you can observe the transformation of the landscape: black spruce hills, peat bogs and marshes gradually give way to sparse vegetation. Everywhere, nature reigns supreme, vast and untamed, pleasing in its ruggedness.

The rivers of the Duplessis region are often majestic in their beauty, flowing through deep valleys that almost always lead to small villages clinging to the coast. Near the coast, their waters have the typical color of fossil resin, while on

In Anticosti, in the middle of the Gulf of St-Laurent, the clarity of the river water is striking. In keeping with this wild environment, North Shore salmon are renowned for their fighting spirit.

Image | North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island
Image | North-Shore Duplessis and Anticosti Island
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