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The Matapédia River is on the Gaspé Peninsula in the province of Quebec, Canada,running from Lake Matapédia to the village of Matapédia,then joining the Restigouche River on the boundary with New Brunswick.
The name means “meeting of waters” in the Mi’kmaq language, referring to the joining of the two rivers.
Highway 132 runs close to the river and this photo shows a quiet backwater with a small home nestled in the trees. The river is a world famous Atlantic salmon fishing area.

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canada, fishing, gaspe, george cousins, matapedia river, quebec, rural, salmon, stream, water

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  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    This could be one of your early film vintage images, George. It looks like time has stood still here.
    Good shot !!

  • Thanks Stan. It’s a very pretty part of the country,little villages,farms and forest with the river running through. It’s been settled since back in the mid 1700’s and hasn’t changed very much.

    – George Cousins

  • loralea
    loraleaover 5 years ago

    ( my mother in law was born in Matepaedia! )

  • Really? Small world,eh? Lots of Comeau families all down through there and also in parts of Nova Scotia.

    – George Cousins

  • loralea
    loraleaover 5 years ago

    my mother in law is scotch irish and her hubby was french – she spoke only french and he only english….I get such a kick out of that! we stopped there once to see the family graveyard at the church on top the hill – such a beautiful spot!!

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 5 years ago

    Was that in the Matapedia River valley in the Gaspe region? It’s a lovely spot to spend time going along some of the little side roads. The whole Gaspe Peninsula and northern N.B. are beautiful, especially in the late summer and fall.

  • loralea
    loraleaover 5 years ago

    I am not sure – we followed the river for a very long time coming in from Queb and they were salmon fisherman in the river, and then we crossed this bridge in the middle of nowhere and drove up this steep hill and there on top the hill was the church…..I will see if I can find out-
    there were these houses with small front yards kind of hanging onto the hill facing a huge cliff on the other side of the road……the scene was almost breathtaking to think that there was a small town there….

  • loralea
    loraleaover 5 years ago

    I talked to my mother in law – the church I am talking about is where the Matapaedia and the Ristiguache met ( sp?) she was thrilled that someone else knew where Matapaedia was!

  • I’ve probably driven right past it. I worked out of Ontario for about 12 years and I used to go home to Nova Scotia every year on vacation, and some years several more times on business. Sometimes went via Edmonston but often via Campbellton, so I crossed the river every time.
    Hadn’t driven that route for about 15 years until I drove across country in 2006. So many changes! Big new bridge over the river, Chatham and Newcastle now called Miramichi..almost got lost looking for old place names..lol.

    – George Cousins

  • loralea
    loraleaover 5 years ago

    I know, when my hubby talks about Chatham head and Newcastle I get all mixed up – his sister and Mom live there…..

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