Access to the Region

Located approximately 700 km north of Montreal and 550 km from Québec City, Chapais is accessible by air and by land on entirely paved roads: on Route 113 from Abitibi-Témiscamingue and by Route 167 from Saguenay—Lac-St-Jean.

Recognized for its exceptional fishing quality and its abundant nature, your fishing experience in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James will be well worth the trip. Indeed, the numerous bodies of water in the region offer a variety of fish species, some of which are highly valued by sport fishermen, such as walleye, northern pike, lake trout and brook trout.

For more information, visit the Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Tourism.

Services in Chapais

Located about ten kilometres from the official site of the event, the town of Chapais, a small municipality population of about 2,000, offers all the necessary services to facilitate your visit: grocery store, gas station, restaurants, convenience stores, ATM, fishing tackle, hardware store, post office and a health clinic.

For other products and services or for the purchase, rental and service of nautical equipment, a short 30-minute drive will lead you to Chibougamau, largest city in northern Quebec.

Event Venue

Located approximately 10 km west of Chapais, the Festival’s site is accessible by Route 113. From this road a well-indicated turn-off via highly-maintained gravel road leads to the shore of Lake Opémisca where a large marquee is setup. The site has a concrete boat launch ramp, free parking for vehicles and trailers, a canteen and toilets.


The Festival du doré Baie-James does not manage any accommodation facilities. However, you will find below a list of accommodation facilities in Chapais. It is also possible to stay in Chibougamau or in the Cree nation of Ouje-Bougoumou.