Hipou signifies Great River in Montagnais (Innu), and once you visit, you will understand why! Come immerse yourself in the Montagnais way of life and see how our experienced personnel will provide you with an unrivalled guest experience. Our guides will take you in charge as soon as you arrive and escort you to your respective lodges, once settled in, they shall guide you through your first great fishing adventure on the mighty Natashquan River.
As soon as you arrive we escort you to your respective lodges, once settled in, they shall guide you through your first great fishing adventure on the mighty Natashquan River.
You will find 3 distinct lodges along the river, each appointed to its own fishing zone in order to avoid overcrowded pits. Our guides are also avid anglers and will surely help you perfect your technique.
Freezers and isolated fish boxes are made available to our patrons in the American plan, for transport and conservation of your fish.
Our Montagnais guides, having been raised alongside the river, know it inside and out: the pits, the currents and the river bed hold no secret for them. They are familiar with the salmon’s habitual behaviors, knowing exactly where to find them and will generously share their ancestral knowledge with you.
A few airlines service Natashquan airport from Montreal, Quebec, Chicoutimi, or Mont-Joli. Enquire about availabilities.
For those of you who have always wondered where route 138 ended on the Côte Nord, well here is your chance! Take highway 20 or 40 eastbound towards Québec, then follow route 138 eastward until you reach Natashquan on the Côte Nord. ?Looking forward to welcoming you soon.
Fishing season on the Natashquan River begins in early June and stretches out until mid August. All through this period of time we can follow the salmon as they ascend the river all the way from fall #1 up to fall #4. At the start of the season, during June and July, patrons are housed in the #1 main lodge. During this time salmon are starting their ascent up the river and are assembled by thousands at the #1 fall. It is the beginning of their journey upstream, and it is where they shall encounter their first obstacles. During this time, it is also possible to stay at lodge #3 with the European plan. This lodge is directly accessible by road, which allows our patrons easy access to the village for supplies. As the season advances, the salmon progress up the river. In July and August, they shall abound around falls 2, 3 and 4. Patrons, now staying in lodge #2 will be centralized and have easy access to the different falls.
You must bring your own fly fishing equipment (canes, reels and bristles). For the cane, we recommend a 9ft fly rod with a No. 8 silk with sink tip and also a floating silk for dry flies. Generally speaking, this is the standard for this type of fishing. Some fishers also use the "switch-rod", a large 11-foot fly rod, used particularly in Europe.
A good raincoat as well as warm clothes are also advisable, because here on the North Shore, the weather changes quickly. The good old multilayer system is a good solution to deal with the climate. Waders can be very practical to walk in the river, but are not strictly necessary. A good pair of conventional boots will do the trick. Your guides will allow you to fish either directly from the boat or from the river's edge.
Some airlines serve Natashquan Airport in Montreal, Quebec, Chicoutimi or Mont-Joli. Ask about availability.
For those of you who have always wondered where Route 138 ended on the North Shore, here's your chance! Take Autoroute 20 or 40 east towards Quebec City, then follow Route 138 east to Natashquan on the North Shore. Looking forward to welcoming you soon.
The services of a guide
Boat rental and gasoline
The insulating box
Taxes (GST & PST) and applicable taxes (accommodation & Ficav)
Handling of a suitcase