Governor Generals and the River
Through the years many Governors General came to the Grand Cascapedia River to enjoy the scenery and the fishing. The first Governor General to visit the River was the Marquis of Lorne who was married to Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria. In 1879 the Quebec government had granted the couple exclusive fishing rights to thirty-eight miles of water on the river. Their camp was built in Ottawa, dismantled and brought to the Cascapedia River by barge then rebuilt; it is considered the first prefabricated building in Canada.
Two successive Governors General, Lord Lansdowne and Lord Stanley received water rights to the river for the amount of five hundred dollars a year, each built a fishing camp. Lord Aberdeen, the following Governor General lost the rights to the river when the provincial government offer the rights to the highest bidder. In the years that followed several other Governors General fished the river as guests of members of the Cascapedia Club.