Accommodations

The Salmon Hole Lodge is a rustic fishing camp with clean and comfortable accommodations. Located three miles up-river from the Atlantic, it’s centrally situated among the La Poile’s finest salmon pools.

The lodge itself is spacious, and our occupancy of no more than six anglers each week ensures a relaxed environment with low angling pressure and optimal catch results!

Rest areas include two bedrooms with two beds each, a guest cabin with two beds, and a spacious bunkroom with three sets of bunkbeds. Units adjacent to the lodge house generators, washrooms, and our guides’ quarters.

All of our facilities are licensed by the Newfoundland Government’s Department of Tourism – you can rest assured knowing the Salmon Hole Lodge is clean, safe, and reputable. All that’s left to do is catch some fish!

 

How to Get Here

The journey is as important as the destination, after all. To get to the Salmon Hole Lodge, drive to North Sydney, Nova Scotia. From there, enjoy a good night's sleep on the ferry crossing from North Sydney to Port-Aux-Basques, Newfoundland.

In the morning, drive along the South Coast - Rt. 470 - to Rose Blanche. This 42 km/26 mile drive takes approximately one hour. From there, you have two ways to proceed. Either:

1. Our charter boat captain will meet you at the Rose Blanche wharf, and will transport you by boat along the scenic South Coast of Newfoundland. the journey takes roughly three hours, and you'll arrive at the mouth of the LaPoile River.

2. The scheduled Coastal Ferry will transport you from the Rose Blanche wharf to the village of LaPoile after a two hour journey. From there our guides, who live in LaPoile, will meet you at the LaPoile wharf and transport you, by boat, to the mouth of the LaPoile River over 45 minutes.

 

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Environmental Sustainability – Our Commitment

Passed down from father to son in 1983, the Salmon Hole Lodge and its ownership have taken on the personal responsibility of maintaining the cleanliness of the La Poile River valley. This sense of stewardship is shared by the lodge’s guides, and guests who are careless about their refuse while on the river will not be invited back - it's as simple as that.

Catch & Release Angling

Salmon Hole Lodge observes catch-and-release fishing as a means to minimally impact the river’s salmon population. Provincial and federal salmon fishing regulations permit anglers to keep up to two small salmon (>63cm) per year. All salmon greater than 63cm must be released.

The Salmon Hole Lodge is recognized by the Atlantic Salmon Federation as a Live Release Camp for promoting catch-and-release.

Recycling

At the Salmon Hole Lodge and across our facilities, you'll find labelled stations for all recyclable products. Cans, bottles, cartons, assorted plastics, and metals are packed at the end of seach season, and are taken to recycling processing centres.

Clean Energy

We’re proud to employ energy-efficient technologies to power the Salmon Hole Lodge. We leverage solar to its utmost, and carefully monitor the use of electricity. All power is generated on site, and is kept to a minimum through the use of fluorescent bulbs and 12V LEDs.

Clean-burning propane fuels our stoves, water heater, and refrigerator. Additionally, to help with the transportation of materials and guests along the river, our investment with an efficient and emission-compliant all-terrain vehicle is in line with efforts to minimize our impact on the landscape.

Buying Local

The Salmon Hole Lodge is committed to the social sustainability of its neighbouring communities, and has benefitted the local economy for over 25 years. Supplies are purchased from nearby towns, and the vast majority of groceries are purchased in La Poile.

This empowers us to transport supplies a shorter distance, decrease fuel consumption, and positively influence La Poile, Port-Aux-Basques, and Rose Blanche.

Water and Sewage

Because the Salmon Hole Lodge isn’t connected to a municipal water supply, nor does it rely on energy-consuming pumps to deliver well water, all of our water requirements are met by using naturally occurring water from nearby brooks.

While some choose to drink water directly from the tap, we provide PUR brand water filtration systems as well, which are designed to remove contaminants.

Our sewage treatment systems consist of properly-sized septic tanks and fields. This eliminates the risk of untreated human sewage from entering either the drinking water supply or the river.

Building Heat & Reforestation

In the early 1980’s, the spruce budworm devastated much of the LaPoile River valley’s forest. The affects of this infestation are still visible, as many of the dead spruce trees remain standing. We take advantage of Mother Nature’s work by cutting these dead trees into firewood and burning them - providing the sole source of heat for both of our camps.