Matapedia River Lodge

Tourist attractions, falls, hiking, belvederes.

Causapscal River salmon sanctuary - Photo courtesy of Mr. Gilbert van Rykevorsel ©

Les Chutes et le Marais

Located at 15 minutes from Causapscal you will find this site on the Causapscal river. 

Jewel of the Gaspésie, the salmon is the king of our waters by its beauty and its combativity on the end of a fishing fly rod. Come and observe him jumping the (Falls)....(les chutes) of about 3, 5 meters or 12 feet high. Each year, from the end of may, one can observe the powerful salmon leap this canyon-like natural obstacle. 

A stairway has being installed to allow the observers to go down to the falls. Picnic tables are available and two interpretation and observation trails can be hiked from spring to autumn.

 The IAT trail also follows along this rugged stretch of river.


At the site of the Marshes, (le marais) situated on the edge of the Causapscal River, a barrier that holds about five hundred salmon in the Marshes pool is established. 

These Salmon are protected until autumn throughout September to mi-October until spawning at wich time the gates are raised
and the fish are free to carry out their mission of redd diggind and egg laying.

The marshe site is classified as a Salmon sanctuary, fishing is prohibited. However, facilities have been created to allow the public to observe the penned-in salmon from at close range.                   

 Matamajaw Old Fishing Club

Located in the heart of the village of Causapscal, there is an excellent tourist circuit including the visit of the Matamajaw historic site, the church, the trails Les Berges and exhibitions are also offered.

In Quebec, the Matamajaw Fishing Heritage Site Site is the only historic Atlantic salmon sport fishing site.

International Appalachian Trail (IAT)

The international Appalachian Trail in Quebec, covers more than 650 km of trails. It begins in Matapedia, then goes to the Valley to Amqui before reaching the Matane Wildlife Reserve.

It crosses the Gaspésie Park, including the Mont Albert and Jacques-Cartier Mountains, then descends towards Mont-Saint-Pierre where it runs

along the sea, from village to village, to Forillon National Park. Ranging from a rural setting in the agricultural sector to the steep Forillon cliffs that overlook the sea, passing by the summits of the Chic-Chocset McGerrigle, the trail offers several opportunities for hiking. The trail adapts to routes of duration (1 to 40 days) and difficulty (uneven or abrupt) varied.

Depending on the season, some sections can be visited starting in mid-May, but overall the trail is accessible from mid-June to the end of October. Services to hikers and members are offered along the trail in collaboration with our partners (transportation, accommodation, guide, supplies, information, maps, books, etc.).

Access to the trail is free, but a daily access fee is required in the parks (Gaspésie and Forillon).

From Matapédia

The IAT crosses St-André de Restigouche to a wilderness area leading to Ste-Marguerite in the Matapédia Valley.

From the mouth of the Assemetquangan river

A new trail connecting Route 132 to the Corbeau refuge on the IAT allows the organization of a superb hike along the Assemetquagan River.

SIA - Causapscal

Our network of hiking trails offers different routes. Some are located nearby and their courses are a short distance (2.4 km to 4.3 km) while others may extend over a distance of twenty kilometers without forgetting the International Appalachian Trail (SIA ), of course.

These trails are located in a natural environment. It is therefore recommended to pay particular attention to respect for the environment.

Regional parc of the Seigneurie-du-Lac-Matapédia

This regional park offers wild nature in a beautiful environment.

It is crisscrossed with a network of hiking trails and mountain bikes of all levels and offers a host of activities such as hiking, bird watching, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting and ski-sailing.

Localisation and information

 Philomène fall


The name of these falls comes from a certain "Madame Philomène Dubé" married to François Gauthier who were the first to remain in the row at the fork of the paths near the fall.

The municipality of Saint-Alexandre-des-Lacs is located north-east of the Valley not far from Amqui. The falls at Philomène are located at the entrance of the village 3km from the 132.

Outdoor enthusiasts and landscapes, you have probably made many hikes and discovered several beautiful views in the region. The Philomène Falls, located in Saint-Alexandre-des-Lacs, is a new challenge for you. This fall is no less than 33 meters.

Arriving at the site, there are picnic areas, so you can take strength before accessing the trails. Two trails are offered, one going up to the summit and the other going down.

No matter what path you take, be assured that you will be breathless by the sight of this impressive fall.

The Fall at Philomène site is accessible at all times throughout the year.

Rang Saint-Louis, Saint Aime Des Lacs, Quebec

 G0J 2C0, Canada

Pico fall

Here is the jewel of the Plateaux region!

Just 11 km from Route 132, Saint-André-de-Restigouche delights with its landscapes, and all that you can discover ... An observation tower with a 360 ° view allows you to admire the landscapes in all season. Also: many hiking trails; exhibition room.

Fall to Picot (one of the ten most beautiful in Quebec) and Fall to Roger ...

It is a paradise for lovers of nature and silence as well as hikers (walking, quad or snowmobiling).

Numerous activities take place throughout the year, so subscribe to the Saint-André Leisure Corporation Facebook page to plan a vacation where you are assured of a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience!

Belvederes Roads

The project consists of the implementation of 4 major structures, the lookouts, and the Carrefour touristique. 

Each gazebo combines a characteristic landscape of the area, a theme and a distinctive architectural signature. 

The visitor does not only visit the tourist route to observe landscapes but to experience a unique experience in Gaspésie.

Battle of Ristigouche

1760. France and England clash. Who will own the North American territory? The future of New France is at stake ... The National Historic Site of the Battle of the Restigouche allows you to relive the ultimate naval battle between these two great European powers for the possession of North American territory. Admire remains of the wreck of Machault, remained under water for more than 200 years.

Responsible for protecting French merchant ships against the English, this 26-gun sailing ship is one of only three French frigates of the 18th century discovered to date in the world. Enter the steerage and board room to watch the life on board. What was the precious cargo destined for New France made up of? Mystery…


40 Perron Boulevard West, Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec G0C 1L0


Miguasha and its fossils


The rocks flush in several places of this point of land belong to the Bonaventure Formation dating from the Carboniferous geological period.


Miguasha was first frequented by the Mi'kmaq who frequented the banks of the Nouvelle River to fish for Atlantic salmon.

Miguasha Point

It was only after the British conquest after the Battle of the Restigouche that the Scottish (Connors) and English (Campbell, Calvert and Hayes) began to colonize the perimeter of the "Miguasha Point".

This territory was also part of the Shoolbred Lordship, one of the eight seigniories granted under the British Regime in 1788. This lord never came to visit his lordship. He bequeathed it to his son James in 1801 who later sold it in 1809 to Matthew Stewart, a rich merchant in the region (according to the historical research of Mr. René Bureau).

We find the Miguasha National Park, a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its wealth of fossils.

April 30 to October 26, 2018

Area: 0.8 km²

Fish and fossil plants that tell life as it existed on the planet 380 million years ago ... that's what you'll discover through a variety of activities for the whole family. Truly a national treasure, this little park of a little less than a square kilometer will amaze you with the quantity and quality of fossils it contains, not to mention our great discovery, the only specimen of Elpistostege in the world.

One of only two sites on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List in Quebec.

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