Travel through the valley of the Matane River to discover the covered bridges in Saint-René-de-Matane and just how diverse La Matanie's landscape is. Regarded throughout the province as the “training river” for salmon fishing, the Matane River is entirely accessible and has more than 80 salmon pools running right up to its source at Lac Matane. Endless numbers of fishermen have learned their skill on this river. Accompanied by a guide, discover some new tricks and the best places to catch your prize. The current isn't very strong during the summer, making it the ideal place to safely take part in several different outdoor activities, including kayaking, canoeing and swimming.
Matane’s salmon run observation centre
The Atlantic salmon leave the coasts of Greenland and embark on the long journey to reach their spawning ground, travelling along the St. Lawrence River until reaching the mouth of the Matane River. At the salmon run observation centre, two windows give you a unique chance to observe this anadromous fish on its migratory journey.
Beginners can call on the services of guides from the Société de gestion de la rivière Matane (SOGERM) or the Société de guides au saumon de la Gaspésie for beginners' Atlantic salmon fishing lessons. The “Programme Rivière-École” has been developed to give enthusiasts their first insight into the salmon fishing world. Qualified supervisors provide a flexible setting where fishermen can learn the main ecological and ethical principals of salmon fishing.