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Date of the Expedition

From June 19 to July 9, 2020

Registration Deadline

28 March 2020

Activity

Fly fishing

Place

Escoumins River, QC

Age Group

30 to 39 years old

  • In remission
  • Undergoing Treatment*

Number of Participants

8 maximum

Description

This expedition will offer ten young adults, French speakers, resident in Quebec, aged 30-39 years old, in treatment or in remission of cancer the opportunity to connect with other people living similar situations and to experiment the benefits of contact with nature on wellness.

Through an immersion in the fly-fishing world in an expedition context, the organisation aims to favor connections between participants facing similar challenges, and of participants with the natural environment.

First, participants will be invited to take part in a preparatory weekend, from June 19-21, at the Forêt d’enseignement et de recherche Simoncouche (FERS), administrated by the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) in the Réserve faunique des Laurentides, nearby Chicoutimi, QC. This weekend will be the occasion to introduce participants to the basics of camping and fly-fishing, and to get to know each other. Participants will sleep in a fully equipped cabin.

In a second phase, the group will experience an expedition in the Escoumins River area, Quebec, from July 3-9. The first night, we’ll make a stopover facing Saint-Lawrence river, where we’ll set up the adventure’s basis. We’ll spend the night in “ready-to-camp” sites at Mer et monde écotours, at the Bergeronnes. The next day, we’ll leave our comfort to go explore the northern part of the Escoumins river, in the ZEC Nordique area. We’ll establish a base camp at a rustic campsite. Participants will have the chance to be introduced to fly tying. We’ll also review the basic casting techniques and we’ll evaluate within the trout fishing sector for two days.

Then, we’ll drop our rods for a short hike to discover the mythical Pinel’s fishing pool. Participants will appreciate the peaceful environment in the sector. They will be introduced to fishing practices relative to salmon fishing, which we’ll have the privilege to fish for two days. Finally, we’ll enjoy one last night together in the cozy cabins in the Anse-à-Joe, Essispit, to celebrate our accomplishments.

*Please note that as a pilot projet, this expedition is exceptionally reserved to french speakers from the province of Quebec, in order to reduce the costs, among other reasons.

Expedition Members

The foundation’s team will include two facilitators, one photographer-blogger, as well as medical volunteers (a physician, a nurse, and a psychosocial professional), who’s mission is to keep an eye on everyone’s wellness during the expedition. We’ll also bank on the presence of fishing mentors and a logistics’ team.

Geography and History

The Escoumins river is located in the Manicouagan region, on the the North Coast, about 40 km North-East Tadoussac, QC. It originates from the Moose lake and flows for about 83 km to the Saint-Lawrence river, in the enchanting landscape of a mountainous valley. Its bed is composed of gravel, blocks, and pebble stones. Its water is characterized by its tea-like color.  (http://www.riviereescoumins.com/)

In Montagnais, “Escoumins” means “up to here, there are berries”. As early as the 17th century, the natural ressources from this indigenous ancestral fishing territory captured the Europeans’ attention. In 1603, Samuel de Champlain mentioned it was an excellent river for salmon fishing. In 2013, the dismantling of a former dam allowed the river to find back its original aspect and fishers to hope for miraculous captures as it used to offer.

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