More than just fishing destinations, outfitters offer complete wilderness and vacation experiences, where the real trophy cabinets display memories both lasting and varied. In Authentic Quebec, they are part of the landscape and part of history.
A little more than a century ago, the government entrusted the management of large tracts of forest land to businessmen who used the land to create private hunting and fishing clubs, some of which became important meeting places for the great decision-makers and financiers of the time. When the government re-nationalized the management of these lands, private individuals were allowed to acquire them. This is how these hunting and fishing estates came to be used for tourism, as well as for resorts called outfitters. Nowadays, there are about 650 outfitters, with and without exclusive rights, more than half of which are members of the Fédération des pourvoiries du Québec. No fewer than a hundred of them are waiting to welcome you in the Lanaudière and Mauricie regions. This part of Quebec, less than an hour’s drive from the large urban centres, has the highest concentration of outfitters.