Our Innkeeper, Chris Loane, took the time to tell us a bit about his special history with Margaree River, fishing + what family means to him! Find out how this dream will be reality, when Loane can call the Devonshire Inn, his home.
Hi all, my name is Chris, I have been fishing all of my life. Every season my dad and I make the trek to northern Cape Breton, and fish the Margaree River, one of the best salmon rivers in the world.
So, you can understand my excitement when I found out that the stream beside the Drake Devonshire Inn is actually a heritage stream that hosts a spring run of rainbow trout, also known in B.C as steelhead. In the fall we also have a run of salmon to look forward to. What's even better is that the water is very clear.
The fish are visible to the naked eye, even when you’re standing on the banks. In the video below, you can see them taking a rest in the oxygenated waters of the stream before making the voyage up to their spawning grounds. The journey is incredibly grueling for the fish so some of them will spend a couple of days waiting in the stream, gaining energy and waiting for the right impulse to move up. You will also notice that the older trout have reddish colouring and they develop a bit of a hump on their back. The younger trout are more slender and sport a silvery-gold body. Steelhead have a life expectancy of 6-7 years and they will spend most their lives navigating the streams and tributaries that they spawn in.
I am thrilled to be living beside such a vibrant stream and look forward to watching these fish on their life-journey as they pass by our little Inn. Guests of the Devonshire Inn will also have the best view of the stream, and will catch all this action happening from above! It’s true; parts of the Devonshire dining deck will actually feel like you're hovering over the stream. The wonders of architecture!
We can’t wait to see you all in the fall; when the salmon plan on visiting as well.