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  • The Cascapedia River Museum
  • The Grand Cascapedia
  • The Grand Cascapedia
  • The Grand CascapediaPhoto courtesy of Jean MacWhirter Bujold
  • The Grand Cascapedia River
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Permanent Exhibit

A picture of one of our display cases.
The river helped unify the communities of Grand Cascapedia and St. Jules before they became one municipality. While St. Jules was originally a predominantly Catholic community and Grand Cascapedia was a predominantly protestant community, the river help both sooth the religious divide by bringing both groups together in a common cause.
A picture of one of our display cases.
Both of the photos seen in this image are of Princess Louise, daughter to Queen Victoria. She came to the river in 1879 with her husband, the Marquis of Lorne. They had Lorne Cottage built after she was injured in a sleighing accident in Ottawa, as a place for her to rest and recover.

There are many points of interest to discover on a guided tour of the Cascapedia River Museum.

  • Izaak Walton Killam, richest man in Canada, owned Middle Camp on the Cascapedia River. He bought the camp with the intent of catching the largest Atlantic salmon possible. His dream became reality when he caught a 44 pound salmon. He returned to the river the following year and after spending a morning out on the river he died peacefully at his camp.

  • Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s daughter, came to the river in 1879 with her husband the Marquis of Lorne, who was Governor General of Canada at the time. The following year they had the first pre-fabricated building made in Canada shipped to the river. She was an angler and an artist, and it has been said that her best piece of Canadian art was done while here on the river. It was also said that her happiest days spent in Canada were on the Cascapedia River. There are many stories surrounding her time while on the river including the time that was spent with her fishing guide, Richard Duthie.

  • Edmund W. Davis was a millionaire, grandson to the inventor of one of the world’s most famous medications called the “Pain Killer”. In 1904 he wrote a book called Fishing on the Grand Cascapedia River, in which he described his love for the Cascapedia. He bought R.G. Dun's “Red Camp” not long after Dun's death in 1900 and, in 1908, he was mysteriously found dead after a morning of hunting with his son in the forest surrounding the river. There have been many conclusions as to what might have happened, and our visitors will be left to draw their own conclusions.

  • In the 1800s the river became known as the Domain of the Governor Generals of Canada, including Lord Stanley who lent his name to the Stanley Cup.

  • The largest Atlantic salmon caught in North America was taken on the Cascapedia River in 1939. It weighed 53 pounds and was caught by Esmond Martin, who took it back to the United States and had it mounted. It is hoped that it will be returned to our museum one day.

  • Amy Guest, who was an angler in her own right, took over the Cascapedia Club lease in 1932, when many of the powerful men left the river because of the Great Depression.