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Dear sportsmen and friends,

Once again, we find ourselves at the end of another successful year and, into the spirit of the Holiday Season, we wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our customers who, for the last 26 years, have trusted us.  

We thank you for your support and wish you Happy Holidays and a year filled with health, peace, love and happiness…with a return to our good old pre-covid lifestyle!    

2020 IN REVIEW

2020 will be the year we won’t forget! It has proven our great capacity to adapt and change in all part of our lives and business tactics. Covid brought new health standards and a bunch of sanitary measures; we managed to put in place onboard our seaplane, at the office and at the cabins, a course of action to keep you safe, well informed and still offer a very pleasant stay!

Even though we missed a large part of our U.S. clientele with the international border closure, the Canadians also had to stay home and enjoyed the wilderness that Quebec has to offer and many of you discovered our quality of fishing and lodging for the first time.

The quantity and sizes of walleyes caught and released this year on Gouin reservoir has impressed us. Many big ones were returned to the water and will be there for you to catch next year. This is the result of the 13-18.5 inches slot limit implanted 5 years ago.

Trout fishing at Lac-de-la-Sauterelle has remained excellent even with the late opening of the season, to the delight of our brook trout fishermen.  Admire some beautiful catches on our photo album or on the Air Tamarac Facebook/Instagram pages. You will also see that our moose hunt has been very successful.

PROJECTS: PAST AND FUTURE


The 2020 season at Air Tamarac was filled with many small projects. With a smaller clientele, we’ve been able to do lots of construction work on our cabins at Gouin reservoir, lake Hebert and lake Charlotte. New porches, rebuilding of all our firewood shelters, leveling of many cabins were among others, all work done by our talented and devoted team.  

In 2020 some of you had the chance to enjoy, for the first time, our lake Angele territory. A completely new cabin with solar power where you can fish for walleye and trophy pike on 3 different private lakes. For 2021 you could still be within the first groups to tickle the fish and enjoy the tranquility and exceptional fishing that this territory has to offer.

For the coming season, Air Tamarac will focus its reconstruction efforts on improving the facilities at lake Sauterelle so they can boast the same good-looking appearance and level of comfort that make our great renown. Cabin #1 will be refurbished inside out while chalets # 2 and # 3 will finally have their own individual showers and modern 12volt solar lighting. All of this being done of course without neglecting the usual maintenance and necessary improvements to our 21 other cabins!

With excellent fishing quality, well maintained cabins, recent aluminum boats with new outboards, satellite phones at each camp and a young, reliable and courteous team, Air Tamarac intends to remain a must for anglers and hunters.  Now with brook trout fishing and moose hunting, Air Tamarac has it all!

RESERVE YOUR 2021 ADVENTURE

We still have excellent openings for 2021.   Don’t wait any longer for priority bookings and reserve your trip.  Please remember to send in the required deposit of 200 $ per person or contact us to confirm your stay. Please note that with the pandemic there will not be any sportsmen show held this year but take advantage of this time of year and be in the first to offer a well-deserved fishing or hunting trip to your loved ones!

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Air Tamarac – Covid 19 – Bulletin #6, Mach 15, 2021

To our U.S. customers, we want to keep you informed of the current situation of COVID-19. The public officials in both Canada and the United States have extended the boarder closing for non-essential travel until further notice, that decision has been in place over the last year and has not been removed. There is still no news concerning the people that have been vaccinated for COVID-19. For now, they cannot cross the boarder even with a proof of vaccination. We follow the situation closely and hope that you will be able to join us and enjoy your fishing trip in the great outdoors!

On our side, we are preparing the coming season with all the necessary sanitary measure to keep both our customers and employees safe from the spread of COVID-19 at our office, onboard our seaplanes and at the cabin. Take care of you stay safe and healthy. We will keep you, as always, posted.

Air Tamarac – Covid 19 – Bulletin #5, June 18, 2020

Last Tuesday the U.S. and Canadian government together took the decision to extend the boarder closure for another 30 days: until July 21st.  They did not specify what will happen after that date, we still don’t know if there will be a quarantine required when entering another country or when returning to your country. For the customers who had a trip scheduled before this date you will be contacted by us this week to let you know what your options are. For the others, we keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!

Specially this year fishing close later than usual: on September 26, brook trout fishing and walleye & pike fishing are really good at that time of year. This will give you more time to organize a well-deserved trip in these difficult times. A great fishing trip with family or friend in an outfitter that offers fishing and lodging quality like nowhere else.  

Air Tamarac – Covid 19 – Bulletin #4, June 10, 2020

During his daily press conference, our Government gave us the authorization to rent cabins for a maximum of 10 people preferably from 3 different address’. We do not have more information on the boarder situation, we hope that they will open on June 21st and will keep you noticed as soon as we know more.

Call us or email us to know our availability, come and enjoy a well-deserved trip in Quebec’s wilderness after these months of wait. We have several availabilities with a unique quality of accommodation and fishing !

Air Tamarac – Covid 19 – Bulletin #3, April 29, 2020

During his daily press conference, our Premier, François Legault presented the calendar for the progressive resumption of economic activity.

We are conscious that there are currently no opening announcements for outfitters. However, as the Premier mentioned, the other economic activities that are on hold are now the object of discussions so specific communications could be issued, soon enough we hope, regarding the reopening of our outfitting business.

And today, the Deputy Premier of Quebec announced that the roadblocks that restricted access to the region where our outfitting operation is were to be lifted on May 11th (before the beginning of our season). We are therefore very hopeful that we can start the 2020 season on the usual dates.

That being said, we are still waiting on our government to reopen our type of   businesses and you would then get your fishing trip preparation package with flight times and more information this year regarding our new Covid-19 sanitary measures applied at our office, in the planes and at the cabins.   

For U.S. residents we are also aware that the public officials in both Canada and the United States have extended the border closing to May 21st and we follow that situation as well, hoping that you will be able to join us and enjoy your fishing trip in the great outdoors!

Take care of you, stay safe and healthy.  On our side we are preparing a great season and will keep you, as always, posted.

Air Tamarac – Covid 19 – Bulletin #2, April 20, 2020

Dear sportsmen and friends,

In these tough times, here at Air Tamarac, we want to keep you informed of the latest developments regarding the situation with Covid-19.

Good news first: we now have access to our outfit up north so we can hit the road to prepare your cabins.  We will do that on Monday the 4th of May.  Also, The department of Forest, Wildlife and Parks here in Quebec have announced that   dates for the fishing season would remain unchanged for 2020.  On top of that, we were able to get the fishing season extended to September 26 for Lake Sauterelle, Lake Hebert, Lake Charlotte and Lake Angèle so we can offer more dates if your early season trip has to be pushed because of Covid-19. Fall season is always an excellent fishing time of the year and we will have cabins available then.  Give us a call if you think it would be safer that way for you or interested in a second trip!

But last Friday the U.S. and Canadian governments together took the decision to extend the boarder closure for another 30 days; until May 21st. For the customers who had a trip scheduled before this date, you will be contacted by us this week to let you know what your options are. For the others, we will wait and see what the situation with Covid-19 looks like before making any more decisions for your trips.  Things are changing so fast; sometimes for the best.

And finally, we are waiting on the Quebec government to reopen the non-essentials businesses before we can accept customers.  The statement will be made no later than May 4th.  You will then get your fishing trip preparation package with flight times and more information this year regarding our new Covid-19 sanitary measures; at our office; in the planes; and at the cabins.   

Take care of you.  Stay healthy, we will keep you informed and we are preparing this season to meet your expectation, so hopefully, you can take a break from all this craziness and enjoy your fishing trip in the great outdoors!

Air Tamarac – COVID 19 – Bulletin #1, March 19 2020

Dear sportsmen and friends,

In an abundance of caution, public officials in both Canada and the United States are temporarily closing the border to try and flatten the curve of the COVID 19.  

Today we want to assure you that we at Air Tamarac have been and will continue to watch this situation closely. We know it is a temporary measure being put in place to help reduce the spread of infection and flatten the spike of patients entering the hospitals.

Our season is two months away and, in the midst of all this uncertainty, there are a few things we want you to be sure of:

  *   We have always and will continue to take the health and safety of our guests very seriously.

  *   We are planning for a great season and look forward to it.  Ice out should be early this year so that won’t be a problem!

  *   When the border is open and it is safe to travel, we will be open.

  *   When we open, you can rest assured that our cabins, boats and planes will have been thoroughly deep cleaned and disinfected with recommended sanitizing products. Our staff will maintain adherence to the recommended hand-washing & sanitary practices.

We will continue to update you on important information as it unfolds via our website, our Facebook page and personally by email when and if necessary.

We have a great team on board again with members you already know and some new ones we are excited for you to meet.

In the mean-time, let's all do our part to get our communities healthy, safe, and help reduce the spread.  We will get through the rest of the winter & early spring and we will all get through this together.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

2019 IN REVIEW

To everyone's surprise, the record set in 2018 for the latest ice out was again beaten in 2019! The Gouin Reservoir was under a thick layer of white ice on the opening day and, for the first time, we had to move or postpone some fishermen. It is obvious that the situation slowed down walleye fishing at start and delayed the catch of trophy northerns on top water by about 10 days. But afterwards we had an exceptional season, specially in term of size of walleyes caught. 

2019 was the 4th  year of implementation of the 13-18,5 inches slot limit on walleye at Gouin Reservoir and, more than ever, we are the privileged witnesses of the wildlife benefits of this measure. As a leader and pioneer in this area, we have always supported such a regulation; Air Tamarac, having imposed this rule at Lake Hébert more than 15 years ago, offers a walleye fishing success really tough to match!

But with this late spring and colder waters, the trout fishing at Lac-de-la-Sauterelle has remained excellent over a longer period during the season, much to the delight of our brook trout fishermen.  Admire some beautiful catches on our 2019 album or on the Air Tamarac Facebook page. You will see at the same time that our moose hunt has also been successful.

PROJECTS: PAST AND FUTURE

The 2019 season at Air Tamarac has certainly been very busy in number of customers but has also been most active in projects of all kinds. In fact, on our Sauterelle territory, in addition to the ongoing work required to upgrade existing facilities, we have reopened the Johnson lake and Sheila lake cabins, mainly for moose hunting. And some of you will be more than happy to learn that chalets # 2 and # 3 will finally have their own showers.

We also refurbished our good old Clova seaplane base. It was greatly needed.  This major project has improved our service, our image and comfort of our aging facilities and will help the next generation to serve you for a long time. On Gouin Reservoir chalet # 45 (Matawa Bay) went through a major rework. It was raised and levelled plus we added a new kitchen there as well as in chalet # 17 in West Saraana River, always to serve you as well as we can. 

A NEW TERRITORY: LAKE ANGÈLE

The highlight of 2019 is certainly the opening of a so anticipated new fishing and hunting territory dedicated to   walleye, northern pike and moose. With an environmentally responsible mentality, we are proud to offer a fully equipped solar powered cabin for 2 to 4 people, just 10 minutes flight from Clova, where you can enjoy isolation. The excellent fishing quality of this lake is recognized, thus we open it strictly under a catch and release policy, knowing that this new destination is a fishing paradise to preserve, with an unparalleled intimacy. You will eat fish on the spot, respecting a slot size limit same as Gouin, but without bringing any back. Do not miss your chance to book there this year! We thank our team for all the efforts put in that achievement. 

And the replacement in 2019 of our service plane (the little Piper Cub) by a larger and more efficient Cessna 180, coupled with a qualified crew assigned to your service ensure the best service you can find on a fly-in fishing or hunting trip.  

With excellent fishing quality, well maintained cabins, recent aluminum boats with new outboards, satellite phones at each camp and a young, reliable and courteous team, Air Tamarac intends to remain a must for anglers and hunters.  Now with brook trout fishing and moose hunting, Air Tamarac has it all!

Please note that, for the duration of your stay, Air Médic protection for emergency medical evacuation by helicopter will remain included in our packages.  A big plus when booking with Air Tamarac!

NEW CABIN

We are happy to annonce that our new cabin on lake Angèle is going well and will be ready for our 2019 moose hunting season and our 2020 walleye and pike fishing season. more information and picture will be added here and on our Facebook page.

WHAT'S NEW FOR 2019


2019 will be the 25th season of Air Tamarac's operation by the family and the Blanchard-Bédard couple. After all these years and after having taken care and renovated all the chalets and equipment during that time, we finally intend to refurbish our good old Clova seaplane base.  This major project will improve our service, our image and comfort of our aging facilities and will help the next generation to serve you for a long time.

And speaking of succession we are proud to announce that Robin, our last son, pursuing his dream will join the ranks of the professional pilots of the company alongside Daniel, Christophe, Louis, Dominic and Jean.

Proud of the quality of improvements made over the last 24 years, the work that has begun will continue so that all of our territories offer the same level of service that Air Tamarac has accustomed you to. As such, we will be carrying out several renovations of docks and boardwalks, especially at lakes Hébert and Sauterelle. We also plan to acquire a bigger seaplane to replace our too small Piper Cub to better help with the maintenance and service of the cottages.  A dedicated maintenance worker will fly it at your service. 

We are constantly improving and looking for new grounds; thus, a new private walleye and pike lake and new moose hunting territories should be offered as early as 2019. We are talking here about Lake Angela and Sheila Lake, which we will re-open for moose hunting on our Sauterelle territory.

2018 IN REVIEW 

2018 will have marked the 50th anniversary of Air Tamarac’s existence and, to our great surprise, last spring season  will be remembered as THE latest ice out we’ve ever experienced;  all the large bays of Gouin Reservoir were still under  thick white ice on our opening day!  So if we can’t prove global warming in Clova, we can at least say that we experienced surprising weather disturbances for the last 3 years.  The situation slowed walleye fishing at the beginning of the season and delayed trophy pike fishing on top water by about 10 days.  But afterwards, if we rely on your fishing reports, we had an exceptional season in terms of size of walleyes caught, as much at Lake Hébert as at Réservoir Gouin. Remember that 2018 was the 3rd year of implementation of the 13-18,5 inches slot limit on walleye at Gouin Reservoir and we really reap the benefits! We have always encouraged such a measure;  Air Tamarac is a leader and pioneer in the field, having imposed a slot at Lake Hébert more than 15 years ago.

Our phenomenal northern pike fishing experience on Gouin Réservoir came back to normal in 2018 after a tough 2017 season and fishing for brook trout at Lac-de-la-Sauterelle has been exceptional, complementing well our specialty: walleye fishing!   Admire some beautiful catches at www.tamarac.ca or on the Air Tamarac Facebook page and you will also see that our moose hunts were very successful. 

In terms of projects and renovations, the season has been very busy with, among other things, the upgrade of the Sauterelle facilities, including 8 Princecraft Yukon 15 boats and new mattresses, as well as new docks at all our Gouin cabins. Thanks to the whole team for great efforts.

With excellent fishing quality, well maintained cabins, aluminum boats with new outboards, satellite phones at each camp and a young, reliable and courteous team, Air Tamarac intends to remain a must for anglers and hunters.  Now with brook trout fishing and moose hunting, Air Tamarac has it all!

Dear sportsmen and friends, 

NEW FOR 2018

Proud of the quality of improvements made over the last 23 years, the work that has begun will continue so that all of our territories offer the same level of service that Air Tamarac has accustomed you to. For example, we have just acquired 8 Princecraft Yukon 15 boats and new mattresses for Lac de la Sauterelle and will also be carrying out several renovations of docks and boardwalks at Sauterelle, Gouin and Lac Hébert to complete what was started in 2017.

We are constantly improving and looking for new grounds so stay tuned on our Facebook page as we may very well announce a new pike, walleye and moose hunting private lake in a near future! 

Please note that, for the duration of your stay, Air Médic protection for emergency medical evacuation by helicopter remains included in our packages.  A big plus when booking with Air Tamarac!

2017 IN REVIEW

Spring 2017 will be remembered, as one of the latest ice out we’ve ever experienced.  But unlike the year before, the situation did not slow down the harvest of larger walleyes and, at the end, the season was great at both Lake Hébert and Gouin Réservoir.  2017 was the second year of implementation of the 13-18,5 inches slot limit for walleye at Gouin Reservoir and we already reap the benefits! We have always encouraged this measure.  Air Tamarac is a leader and pioneer in the field, having imposed such a rule at Lake Hébert 15 years ago. 

Furthermore, our northern pike fishing experience towards the end of the season is back to where it belongs with many trophy pikes caught and released in late August and early September, especially on Gouin Reservoir.  Check out some great catches at www.tamarac.ca or on the Air Tamarac Facebook page

In terms of projects and renovations, the season has been very busy with, among other things, the replacement of several docks, the addition of slow combustion wood stoves in all our cottages and new mattresses for each and every cabin on Lake Hébert; but also a crazy year with two major projects: the acquisition of Air Melançon in the spring and then the construction at the end of the season of a staff house in Clova. 

With excellent fishing quality, refurbished cabins, aluminum boats with new outboards, satellite phones at each camp   and a young, reliable and courteous team, Air Tamarac intends to remain a must for anglers and hunters.  Now with brook trout fishing and moose hunting, Air Tamarac has it all!

THE GST REFUND PROGRAM FOR THE NON-RESIDENT IS BACK

This program allow non-residents to get a 50% reimbursement  on the Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) which is going to be directly credited off your invoice.

PRESS RELEASE

Air Tamarac, an outfitter out of Clova, Qc specialized in walleye and pike fishing announces that it has acquired Air Melançon from Ste-Anne-du-Lac.

Thus, Air Tamarac acquired a seaplane base in the Mont-Laurier region and takes control of Sauterelle Outfitter, a territory with exclusive hunting and fishing rights located only 35 minutes north of Ste- Anne-du-Lac as the crow flies. 

 Air Tamarac is therefore taking a turn in its services by adding brook trout fishing and moose hunting. Sauterelle Lake is 7 km long and is part of a chain of lakes with 3 chalets on the main lake and 2 others on isolated lakes. This territory of 60 km2 has been well preserved by the Melançon Family since 1957 and, faithful to its reputation, Air Tamarac intends to offer it to you in top condition.

 With this transaction Air Tamarac adds two more Beavers seaplanes to its existing fleet of 4 aircraft to ensure reliable and safe service at each base.

 The expansion of the activities allows Air Tamarac to become a must for avid outdoorsmen and to remain a leader in fishing and hunting in Quebec for several years to come; this achievement at Air Tamarac having been planned in concert with our next generation!

Bathymetric chart of lake Charlotte (once open, activate "SonarCharts" button on the lower left corner of your screen) is available for portable sonar and GPS at NAVIONICS+.The app also exists for smartphones and tablets under "Navionics-Boating U.S.&Canada" at the app store or Google Play store .  Make sure that your tablet is 3G capable for satellite reception.  The HD version is recommended for tablets.

Since May 2016 the 4 walleyes kept will have to be between 14,5 to 21 inches (37 to 53 cm); measurement is the whole lenght of the fish and not taken at the V in the tail.

From lake Hébert and also out of Gouin Reservoir, the walleyes kept must be transported whole or in fillets with the skin wholly intact which means that the fillets have to stay attached by the tail. This is to permit identification of the walleye species and to establish total length. For more info on the new regulation we invite you to visit our Government web site.

For trophy northern pike on small lakes close to our cabins around Gouin Reservoir.  For fly fishing -Oh! what a great sport!- (or even spin fishing), we will offer at no extra charge hike-to lakes through 20-minute trails leading to catch and release lakes for a unique new experience on waters never fished before 2016.  The 14" canoes we bought will offer a non-motorized activity that will satisfy the more adventurous.

   

Since March 2016 the regulation has been amended and the walleyes kept will now have to be within a slot of 32-47 centimeters (13-18,5 inches).  As a result there is also a new rule for transporting walleyes: they must be transported whole or in fillets with the skin wholly intact which means that the fillets have to stay attached by the tail. This is to permit identification of the walleye species and to establish total length. For more info on the new regulation we invite you to visit our Government web site;   

Proud of the renovations and the quality of the improvements already made to our chalets and equipment, we want to consolidate this work in 2017 by putting larger docks at several chalets, by replacing the aging wood stoves with slow burning stoves and by changing all mattresses, now at lac Hébert.

For the rest, it is normal maintenance on the program! Except that we will keep on testing the Enviro-loo composting toilet installed at lac Hébert # 26 in August 2016, with the aim of adopting such a system in the future.

We are constantly improving and looking for new products; new lakes, new fish species, or new moose hunting territories may very well be added to our offer soon. Stay tuned for announcements on our Facebook page!

Spring 2016 will go down in history as the latest ice out seen over 22 years in operation. Imagine! On May 25th there were still icebergs on Saraana Bay, while the season opened on May 20th... But rest assured: seasons are not all the same and our cottages, strategically located on Gouin, always allow for an early opening.

We believe that the quality of trophy pike fishing was affected by this late start, but not that of the walleye. You were several to mention that the pike trophies were discreet in 2016, but just as many to tell us that the walleye bit well and that they were by average bigger than usual.

But despite the persistent ice on Gouin, we kept promise and were able to build fish houses with running water for each of the chalets and we also changed all mattresses.

Another notable addition to our services in 2016 was the opening of small catch and release "canoe" lakes, for daily expedition and accessible by organized trails, at each of our sites on Gouin. Come and try them!

2016 was also the year of the implantation of the 13”-18,5” slot limit on walleye at Reservoir Gouin. We highly support this primary and important fishing rule. Air Tamarac, a leader and pioneer in the field, imposed such a rule on Lac Hébert more than ten years ago. And, year after year, our fishing quality improves. Several trophies are released each year; enjoy lots of happy pictures on our photo album and also on our Facebook page.

For a superior fishing experience in newly refurbished cabins with recent aluminum boats equipped with brand new motors every year, satellite phone at each camp site and a young, dynamic and personalized service, AIR TAMARAC remains more than ever a must for you  serious fishermen. 

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