Hook a trophy in these picture-perfect lakes, wild rivers and unique landscapes
MANICOUAGAN CRATER, QUEBEC
Ancient meteorite impact site and wilderness fishing
Quebec’s fifth-largest lake measures 10 kilometres across on average, and from a boat, it appears only about 50 kilometres long. Yet when travelling down Manicouagan Reservoir, you never quite reach the end. Instead, you keep turning, almost imperceptibly, in the same direction until you’re back where you started 200 klicks later. That’s because the lake forms a near-perfect, 70-kilometre-wide circle, with a circular island in its centre. Visible from space, the “Eye of Quebec” was blasted into existence 210 million years ago by a massive meteorite, causing unimaginable devastation. Today, nature is doing just fine, with the crater offering excellent wilderness fishing for brookies, lakers, northerns and even landlocked salmon—just what you’d expect after a 10-hour drive northeast of Quebec City.