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Date of the Expedition

From October 2 to October 6, 2021

Registration Deadline

28 May 2021

Activity

Fly fishing

Place

Sainte-Marguerite River, QC

Age Group

30 to 39 years old

Number of Participants

10 maximum

Description

This expedition will offer 10 young women aged 30-39 affected by a metastasic breast cancer the opportunity to live an incredible fly fishing adventure in the Saguenay region along with a group of participants who are facing similar challenges. This project is organized in collaboration with the Quebec Cancer Foundation and Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

First, participants will take part in three preparatory meetings online. We’ll discuss the project, the logistics, and the equipment. We’ll also answer participants’ specific questions.

Then, we’ll travel to the Sainte-Marguerite River in the Saguenay region to live a five-day fly-fishing experience.

Departure will take place from Quebec city on October 2nd. We’ll travel to the Domaine Bardsville, a charming historical site nearby the river. At our arrival, we’ll take some time to get familiar with the environment and to get to know each other. Participants will be introduced to the basics of fly-fishing. At night, we’ll have the chance to discuss around the fire.

Day 2, we’ll hold a few technical workshops. Then, we’ll finally get on the river to try to catch some sea trouts.

Day 3 and 4, we’ll aternate between fishing moments on the river, and other activities, depending on the weather. We might go on a hike in the Fjord du Saguenay National Park, fly tying, have some group discussions, fun activities, free time, etc.

On the morning of the 6th, we’ll highlight our last adventure day and get back on the road to Quebec city.

Lodging will be in small cabins for the whole duration. Each participant will have her own room and will share a common space and bathroom with another participant. Special measures will be implemented following the socio-sanitary situation.

Expedition Members

Our expedition team is leaded by two adventure facilitators from the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation, whose role is to ensure the smooth running of all activities. They are supported by a medical team – composed of a doctor, a nurse and a psychosocial professional from Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation – whose shared mission is to ensure the good health of all members of the expedition. In addition to these experts, our team includes fishing mentors, logistics volunteers, and a protographer-blogger, responsible for capturing every moment of this great adventure in words and images.

Geography and History

The Sainte-Marguerite is a majestic river located at the hearth of a former glacier valley, sometimes called “the small Fjord”. It originates from a lake at the North of the Monts Valins and most of it runs  in parallel of the Saguenay River. It ends up in its Fjord, in the Sainte-Marguerite Bay, St-Lawrence belugas’ favorite reproduction site.

Thousand years ago, indigenous people were visiting the Sainte-Marguerite, especially for seal hunting. The river runs through Essipit Innus’ traditional territory.

Since the beginning of the 19th century, the river became a major attraction thanks to its rich Atlantic salmon population. Private clubs were inaugurated and we even starded sowing. The Sainte-Marguerite is now administrated by the Association de protection de la rivière Sainte-Marguerite, which offers a public access to this gem.

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