• Bonaventure Club in 1896, McCord Museum
  • Sinclair Rapids
  • Indian Falls
  • Tom Bear
  • Honeymoon canoe trip in 1915, G. Arsenault
  • Grandmother’s Hole
  • Bonaventure Atlantic salmon, C. Bernard
  • Bonaventure Atlantic salmon, C. Bernard

  Book Excerpts

Here is an overview of the book’s content

The Good Lord and Fishing ¹¹

The Good Lord and Fishing11 The majority of the guides agreed that Fairy was Charles Borromé’s pool. He was regularly spotted fishing with a Sport. Félicien remembers a funny story told by his father. One day when Charles went to his pool, he saw an Amerindian, probably Baptiste Jérome, son of Noel, set up to fish. At the end of the day, Charles crossed his canoe and asked him how was the fishing?

Baptiste said he didn’t catch anything. With a smile on his lips, Charles replied: “The good Lord is probably not a Savage!” Early the next day, Charles rushed to Fairy with his fisherman. But neither of them was able to catch any salmon.

When they returned, they met Baptiste who asked them how was the fishing? Charles had to admit their failure. Laughing, Baptist cannot help but say: “You have to believe that the good Lord is not French either!” 

Excerpt from page 493, The Bonaventure River 1883 - 1980

Like in a western movie

On the Bonaventure, in the 1930s, the tension rose between the population and the wardens who patrol with firearms. During a hike, the guide Élide Arsenault (son of Joachim), owner of land near the Flat Rapids bridge, met a warden with a rifle on his shoulder hidden in the bridge to catch poachers. Surprised to see him armed, Élide asked him if he intended to use the rifle. Very determined, the English-speaking warden replied, “If you take a salmon, I kill you.” An unequivocal answer that aroused Élide’s anger. To make this recalcitrant warden listen to reason, Élide used his fists 12.

Excerpt from page 332, The Bonaventure River 1883 - 1980

Gene Tunney Is Lost 14

American heavyweight champion and personal friend of Joe P.Routh, Gene Tunney was, for a number of years, the host of Camp Baldy. Despite his love for alcohol and gambling, he continued to train on a daily basis, even though he was retired. He could be seen doing laps in the river or walking long distances along the portage trails. Tunney didn’t really enjoy fishing. He preferred to ask his guides to leave with the canoe and fish while he would walk and meet up with them upstream. During one of his treks, he got lost. Walking along the bank to get to their meeting point, Gene Tunney, at the junction of the Big- West, took the western branch thinking he was still following the Bonaventure. Since he wasn’t showing up, the guides got worried and decided to go looking for him. After yelling out for him for many hours, the men decided to go up the Big- West and found Tunney alive and well, but exhausted by this excessive workout!

Excerpt from page 663, The Bonaventure River 1883 - 1980


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