In 1961, Assinica fishing and hunting Reserve was created. In 1975, the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement gave its beneficiaries certain exclusive rights to hunting, fishing, and trapping on the Nord-du-Québec territory. In 1985, the Assinica wildlife Sanctuary was given its current status.

Assinica comes from the Cree word asinikaw, which means "it's stony" or "it's rocky." It's the name of a lake in the drainage basin of a river, the Broadback, that flows through the wildlife Sanctuary.



The major bodies of water in Assinica are the lakes Comencho, Cachisca, and Opataca. Many anglers come every year to fish for walleye and northern pike. It's a real wilderness adventure!



8885 km2


This Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the James Bay territory and is mainly accessible through Chibougamau.

Bodies of water

Thousands of lakes, rivers and streams


Over 20 species, including :

  • northern pike
  • walleye
  • lake trout
  • speckled trout

Other wildlife

31 mammals, including:

  • Castor
  • Wolf
  • Otter
  • Marten of America
  • Red Fox
  • Mink


116 species of birds, including:

  • Goshawk
  • Osprey
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Great harle
  • Luckard
  • Bald eagle
  • Common Tern

Forest cover

The Assinica Wildlife Sanctuary is located in a vast area dominated by black spruce forests. In general, the stands are sparse.
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