Looking up at the sky, the clouds hang low, and I anticipate it will rain before long. The parking lot is empty and I walk around to the back garden of the historic Matamajaw Lodge. A short path leads off towards the river and of course I follow it. Here I find an inviting old-style wood-and-cable footbridge spanning the Matapedia River.
From the middle of the bridge is a great view upstream to the confluence of the Matapédia and Causapscal rivers. I watch several fisherman cast their lines into the Les Fourches stream pool, hoping to pull out a story-worthy size salmon. The towering steeple of the Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur Church is a lovely backdrop.
The lodge and grounds, known as Site Patrimonial de Peche Matamajaw, was originally built by Lord Mont Stephen, the former president of Canadian Pacific Railway, in the mid- 1870’s. He sold it to…
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