Guides, Wardens, and Residents
The Cascapedia River has been a source of employment for residents of the surrounding communities for well over a century.
As early as the 1850s Mi’kmaq guides were hired to poll the fishermen up river to the various pools which promised the best chance to land one of the large spirited salmon that the river is famous for. Descendants of the original guides, Mi’kmaq, Scottish, Irish, and English carry on the tradition today. Many of the guides have spent a good part of their life working on the river and have acquired an expertise in understanding the river, the ability to read the water and the knowledge of the habits of the salmon.
Wardens played an important role in the protection of the species. In the early 1900s provincial regulation were enforced by officers hired by the government - the number of men was small and they had to cover a large territory. The job of supervision was left to the private clubs. In 1910 fifteen wardens were hired to patrol the Cascapedia Club waters. They would work from the month of May at the lower end of the river, protecting the salmon pools from poachers, until November when they would work the upper waters where the salmon spawned.
Today, the Cascapedia River continues employ many local residents. There are over fifty guides working for the Cascapedia Society and various camps, nineteen wardens, plus the staff at the camps who help to make the visiting fishermen’s time on the river an experience to be remembered.