The Québec maritime Blog
Considered the soul of the province and a major natural attraction in Québec, the St. Lawrence is a fascinating waterway! Over the centuries, it has played a significant role in the development of our regions since it’s both a source of food and an economic driver. Even today, fishing remains an important activity… and it’s something you can try out during your vacation in the maritime regions of Québec! Here are a few places that will introduce you to the joys of sea fishing and where you can learn some of the secrets of aquaculture!
In Carleton-sur-Mer (Gaspésie), you can go sea fishing with Pêche Sportive Baie-des-Chaleurs. Excursions are offered at different times of the day (from sunrise to sunset), depending on the fish you’re trying to catch: mackerel, plaice or striped bass. This last species is very sought after since it’s known to be as aggressive as salmon! You’ll appreciate the spacious boat, adapted to sea fishing, as well as the guides’ helpful tips.
Destination Haute-Mer offers exciting adventures in the northern part of the peninsula, near Matane. Guided by an experienced captain, your private group will explore the surrounding area to better understand the jewel that is the St. Lawrence. Depending on the time of year, you can also fish for Atlantic cod, mackerel, striped bass or other groundfish species. The company can adapt the excursion to your needs, whether you’re a beginner, travelling with children or an experienced fisher.
In Côte-Nord, you can visit the Purmer sea farm in the Sept Îles Archipelago to learn about sea farming. Located on Grosse-Boule Island, the farm grows mussels, scallops and a few varieties of edible algae. Take part in this agrotourism adventure where you will have the opportunity to learn about fascinating aquaculture techniques as well as taste the farm’s succulent products!
Anchored in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine archipelago is renowned for its delicious seafood. Head out in a boat with the Les Cultures du Large team to visit a shellfish farm located 7 km (4 mi.) off the Cap-aux-Meules wharf. This is your opportunity to learn more about farming mussels, oysters and scallops both at sea and in lagoons!
So, will you set off on a memorable sea-fishing excursion this summer? We wish you fun adventures on the water… and great catches!