The Club was incorporated and constructed in the late 20’s by a group of prominent Canadians and operated as a private camp, the Canadian Salmon Club until 2017. That year, the owners of the two iconic Gaspé salmon camps, Camp Bonaventure and the Salmon Lodge purchased the Club and invested a half a million dollars restoring this historic camp, updating and modernizing while preserving the charm and essence of a classic 100 year old salmon camp. The moniker, The Club was kept but for the first time in its history, the camp is now open to the public.
The Club is situated on 100 acres of riverfront property and retains freehold ownership of their original water, about 3.5 miles of river with 14 major pools. This sector is known as B3, and along with the adjacent B4 sector is considered the very best water on the entire river. And to provide guests access to more water, in 2019 the Club entered an agreement with the ZEC to rotate these two premier sectors. The Club’s 6-anglers now fish Sector B3 Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays and Sector B4 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays giving guests exclusive access to over 7-miles and 26 major pools.
The Club accommodates a maximum of 6 anglers accommodated in single rooms. Each bedroom is elegantly appointed with a king size bed, fireplace, AC and ceiling fan, full private bath with walk in shower and a screened porch. A covered walkway connects the guest quarters with the Common areas which include: the screen porch overlooking the river; The Great Room with fireplace and overstuffed leather chairs and sofa; and the dining room with adjacent sitting area and fireplace which also overlooks the river.
The Club on the Bonaventure, fishing the B3 & B4 Sectors
The Club is situated on Sector B3 (Google Earth coordinates 48°11’19.3″N 65°33’41.6″W) about 25 river miles up from the Baie de Chaleur, just below Gallagher (52) and overlooking Burnt Camp (51) and Kelly (50). All told, they have exclusive access to over 7 miles of river from Baker (68) at the top of B4 to Deep Water Ledge (42) at the bottom of B3. The Club rotates these sectors with the ZEC and fishes 3 canoes on B3 Monday, Wednesday & Friday and B4 Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, giving guests exclusive access to 26 pools which include many of the best holding pools on the river.
The fishing days are divided into 2 sessions, mornings from approximately 7:30 am – 11:30 am and evening 4:00 pm until dusk to take advantage of the most productive hours. Guests rotate beats each fishing session so you’ll likely fish new water each and every fishing session. Weeks run Sunday to Sunday with no fishing on the Sunday turnover day.
The Bonaventure is renowned as one of the clearest salmon rivers in the world. As such, it is the dry fly fisherman’s dream river! The salmon to grilse ratio can vary year to year but is usually around 4-to-1 or better. Typical Bonnie salmon range in the mid-teens to mid-20s but 30 plus pounders are taken each year (Deep Water Ledge on B3 has produced a number of 40+ pound fish).
The Club’s guides, Jacques Bernard, Michel Bernard and Pascal St-Onge are consummate professionals with over 50 years’ experience on the river between them. They know every rock in the river and work hard to put their clients onto fish. Fishing is either from stable 26 foot Sharpe canoes or by wading.
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The club on the Bonaventure 2023 Rates
The rate for a 7-night/6-day package is $12,000 per angler + 14.975% taxes = $13,797 CAD per person. Included in the rate are: 7-nights’ accommodations in single room with private bath; all meals with wine and non-alcoholic beverages; top shelf open bar with mixers; 6-days guided fishing based on two anglers sharing a canoe and guide. 3-day stays may also be available select weeks.
Not included are: transportation costs to The Club; gratuities; fishing licenses; tackle and flies (licenses, flies and some tackle available for purchase at the Club).
4-night/3-day packages may be arranged and non-fishing spouses may be accommodated, on a space available basis. For reservations or more information, please contact:
Doug Schlink / Angler Adventures
800-628-1447 * 860-434-9624
Google Earth coordinates 48°11’19.3″N 65°33’41.6″W