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How much does it cost?

The standard package for five days of fishing is priced at $1,595 CAD/USD per person, plus applicable sales taxes. Longer stays can be accommodated, subject to an additional daily charge. Note that a deposit will be required to secure your booking dates.

Included with your excursion:

  • Transportation for people, equipment and supplies by commercially-operated seaplane from Fermont/Labrador City to the camp site, and back.
  • Accommodation and access to all camp amenities for the duration of your stay, including sleeping quarters; fully-equipped kitchen with dishes, pans, utensils and coffee pot; fridge/freezer; stove/oven; BBQ; running and hot water; shower; toilet; electricity from generator/solar panel/wind turbine; lights; wood-burning stove with ample supply of wood.
  • Large lightweight aluminum utility boats with outboard motors, spare parts, personal flotation vests, landing nets, unlimited supply of gasoline and mixing oil for outboard motors.
  • First-aid kit and telecommunication in case of emergency: satellite phone or HF radio-transmitter.
  • Full briefing by our personnel upon arrival at the camp or camp attendant at Facolli Fall.
  • Topographic maps of your territory.

The following are NOT included in the excursion price:

  • Fishing gear, appropriate clothing and personal items
  • Travel from your location to Fermont/Labrador City and return
  • Accommodation in Fermont/Labrador City if required
  • Food and drinks required during excursion
  • Quebec fishing license (can be purchased upon arrival)

What we do

Every summer, from mid June to early September, Lac Justone Outfitter operates three fishing lodges: Facolli Fall, Haste Lake and Trophy Lake where groups of four or six fishermen are flown in for fishing expeditions of five days or more.

Although they are quite far apart and not reachable by water from one to the other, all three fishing sites are located in the same geographic area, on waters tributary to the world-renowned Caniapiscau River which delivers some of the best fishing experiences available in North America. Each of our sites only hosts a few dozen fishermen every year!

Tell me more

You will be flown in and out of your fishing lodge by a commercially-operated seaplane from Fermont/Labrador City. Each fishing lodge accommodates groups of four people (four or six at Facolli Fall) with all the amenities and equipment required. These include: 4-burner propane stove/oven, refrigerator w/freezer section, lighting, running water, propane water-heater, hot shower, bunk beds, wood stove, BBQ grill, outside toilet, gas generator to recharge your small electrical devices (cameras, MP3 players, etc.) and HF radio or satellite telephone for emergencies. Fishing excursions are made using two or three large aluminum boats fitted with outboard motors. All of the equipment is in excellent condition, buoyancy vests are provided and there is an ample supply of gasoline and mixing oil to refuel. Also, spare outboard motors and parts are stocked at each camp.

Fly fishing is the only type of fishing permitted in the rapids, with mandatory catch-and-release for the bigger specimen of speckled trout and ouananiche (land-locked salmon). This is important to preserve the quality of the fishing experience for future years. You are welcome to eat smaller catches during shore lunches or to accompany your evening meals. Anglers can use casting rods in several large sections of the lakes with excellent results for lake trout and northern pike.

Lac Justone Outfitter only offers self-guided excursions: you must provide your own fishing gear, appropriate clothing, personal items and well as all food and drinks to be consumed during your excursion. There are a few well-stocked grocery stores and liquor stores in Fermont/Labrador City where you can purchase the necessary items on the day of your arrival (the day before your “fly-in”). Guests cook their own meals, handle chores around the camp and guide themselves through the waterways and fishing spots with the help of detailed maps provided by Lac Justone Outfitter. For Haste Lake and Trophy Lake, an information session is conducted prior to your departure from Fermont/Labrador City. Facolli Fall has a lodge attendant looking after the facilities and equipment, who will answer any questions you may have during your excursion.

This far north, black flies and mosquitos could be a nuisance in June and July but are not usually a concern in August as daytime temperature starts to get cooler. It’s always a good idea to pack one or two fresh cans of bug spray with your fishing gear. Also, burning a bug spiral (incent-like) in the camp for an hour or two after dinner will ensure a good night of rest.

Getting there

Driving
The mining town of Fermont, Quebec which is the base of operations for Lac Justone Outfitter can be reached by Quebec Highway 389 from Baie Comeau. The road is 581 kilometers (360 miles) long. It offers a mix of driving conditions, with about half of the distance paved and the rest being a good condition gravel road with a few rough patches. Driving the whole distance at a safe speed requires approximately 8-9 hours. It’s worth mentioning that you are going through the megaproject of hydro-electric dams that provide power to most of Quebec and the northeast United States. The most impressive one is Manic 5, located at about the half-way point. If you can spare the time, it’s really worth a visit (tours are arranged by Hydro-Quebec during the summer). There’s even a decent motel just before Manic 5 if you decide to split up your journey in 2 days.

Flying
The nearest airport to Fermont, Quebec is Wabush in Newfoundland and Labrador (airport code YWK). I know it sounds strange that the airport is located in a different province but it’s right next to Labrador City and only 33 kilometers (20 miles) from Fermont on Highway 389. There are several commercial flights a day landing at YWK, from Montreal, Quebec City and other locations. If we get notified in advance, Lac Justone Outfitter can arrange your pick up at the Wabush airport. When purchasing your airfare to/from Wabush, we recommend that your ticket allows for last-minute date changes for the return portion. There’s always a risk that very bad weather can delay your return from the fishing camp to the base in Fermont, which may cause you to miss your originally scheduled return flight from Wabush.

Fermont, Quebec

 

Excursion of five days and five nights

Day 0 (the day before fly-in)
Customers arrive in Fermont/Labrador City by commercial flight to Wabush airport (YWK) or by Quebec Highway 389. Lac Justone Outfitter can help arrange accommodation for the night at a local hotel at Customer’s expense. A few hours are needed in the afternoon to purchase food and drinks for the excursion from local stores.

Day 1 (fly-in & fishing)
The first departure by commercially-operated seaplane is around 8am, prior to which a detailed briefing, reviewing the operation of various equipment and pointing important precautions and features on the navigational maps that are supplied. Final payment is required at that time. One or two flights are required depending on the size of the group and availability of the aircrafts. The flight from Fermont/Labrador City takes less than one hour. When the complete group has arrived, supplies are stored away and fishing gear is rigged. Lunch is prepared/eaten then it’s time to fish. The group returns in late afternoon and prepares dinner, of course featuring the fresh catch of the day. Evening entertainment is either playing cards in the lodge or exchanging fishing stories around a campfire.

Days 2 to 5 (fishing)
Early breakfast, fishing, shore lunch, fishing, return for dinner. Of course, it’s possible to return to the lodge for lunch and/or an afternoon nap…

Day 6 (fly-out)
Early breakfast, collect and pack equipment, clean the lodge thoroughly. Weather permitting, the seaplane arrives around 9am carrying Customers from the next group (one or two trips may be required). Plan commercial flight out of Wabush (YWK) in late afternoon/evening/next day. Or, start on the drive back to Baie Comeau via Quebec Highway 389.

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