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Reviewed 3 January 2015

We spend 3 days there over Xmas and had a good time. Rooms are nice although not 'luxurious'. Restaurant is good with an incredible view on the fjord. Outdoord activities are really convenient (skidoo and dog sleds on site). It's not a 5 star resort, it's more for the outdoorsy people (eg:10 minute walk in the freezing cold to access the dining room).

Room Tip: 1- get a room with a view on the fjord, as it's really the + of this place and it is amazing 2- if you go in winter, the 7km access road is difficult (towing is 225CAD...). Make sure your car is equipped for this. 3- best period is end Jan (we were there too early for ice fishing).
  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with family
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1  Thank CarolineL20
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

Getting There: If you have ever been to a camp when you were a kid, this place will take you back to those times, for better or for worse. The drive up the Saguenay was nice with good roads; however, we were not prepared for the 7 km of very bad washboard, potholed, rock filled, twisty, up and down access road that is required to get to Camp du Less. Do this during the day; it’s not fun at night. The road is also very poorly signed. Basically, stay on the main access “road” until you can’t go any further. Park and inspect your vehicle for any missing parts that may have been shaken off.

Registration: Registration was easy and very camp-like. You give your name, they check which cabin you are assigned to (we were in Iroquois), tell you that wifi is sketchy at best (we didn’t have any), and send you on your way back down the road in the hope you will find your cabin. After a couple of wrong turns, we found it.

The Cabins: The cabins are comprised of a number of rooms of which sound insulation is non-existent, nor is there any sort of door slamming mitigation. Open the door, let it slam shut. Repeat. Our next door neighbour did this about 30 times in the course of a half hour. Thank you. Cabins are nice although sparse. No TV, no wifi as previously noted, no refrigerator, no air conditioning. The beds are thin, and no fitted sheets mean you are constantly battling to keep them under you. Although the room did have a balcony offering a very nice view of the fjord, it was not a private balcony so prepare to share. As well, the room appears to be put together on a budget. The pictures on the wall are unframed paper with the edges very torn. A simple frame would do wonders.

The Grounds: The grounds throughout the establishment are well maintained and as expected, very hilly. A long trail takes you down to a lighthouse on the fjord and a very nice rocky shore. The trail is not for beginners and is quite challenging in spots. Round trip takes about 2 hours. Bring water and good footwear.

The Service: We expected more; we got less. There is a dining area and a bar area. Neither is well staffed. After a long drive, we hoped to have a nice drink at the bar. After waiting for quite a while, we had to go and find someone to serve us. Wine was easy; open a bottle, pour. A martini was more difficult. A trained bartender would be a good idea. The next day we did the hike to the lighthouse. A lunchtime snack would be good when we got back, or so we thought. Again, no staff in the dining area and no staff in the bar. Asking at the front desk if lunch was available returned the answer “you can get a wrap in the bar area”. Off to the bar area we went. Ten minutes later we were back at the front desk asking if there was anyone working. At that point we decided just to buy a bottle of wine and go back to our room. The front desk person had disappeared into the kitchen only to be replaced by someone saying we could get pizza. We declined, stating we would just like a bottle of wine. It was kind of him to include a bucket of ice and two wine glasses as these were not available in the cabin.

The Food: Breakfast and dinner is buffet style (a la summer camp) and decent at best with some offerings better than others. I’m not sure if they only get deliveries a couple times a week, but I swear the breakfast croissants got staler as the week progressed. Wednesday they were decent. By Friday I couldn’t dent them. Scrambled eggs had good flavor but were inconsistently cooked. Bacon was the same. Dinner was likewise. The beef was good, the fish not so good.

In Summary: Camp du Less is a nice place to go to for something; I just can’t figure out what it is. There isn’t enough to do to spend all day there, and it isn’t convenient enough to go elsewhere for the day. There is no pool, no hot tub, no convenient access to the river, and no vibe anywhere. It is neither a romantic get-away, nor a solitary retreat. It could be more, but it is less, and less is not better. A final request to management - as we were in the main parking area getting ready to leave, a helicopter landed within 50 feet of our car. I assume they did not want to drive in on the aforementioned 7 km of very bad washboard, potholed, rock filled, twisty, up and down access road. This obviously blew up a considerable amount of dirt and dust which ended up in our eyes, hair, cloths, and car. In future please have a staff member warning people if this is to happen.

The saying “less is more” may apply to some places, but not here, where Leste is truly less.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Alleycat1434
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

Pros: The location is amazing and we could see the Fjord right from our room. The view of the fjord during sunset was amazing from the balcony. Check in was quick and the room was clean and ready, although there was a bit of stain on the tub.


Cons: The drive to the hotel is a challenge as you will have to drive the dirt and gravel road for 7-8 KM to get to the hotel. There is no TV, fridge inside the room. We couldn't find any WiFi signal inside the room, not sure if they have one. The cottage is made of wood and you really had to be careful to minimize the sound with every step we made while inside our room. I am giving it 4 star because of the view and closeness to the Fjord, without which it would have been 3 star.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Faisal A
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Most beautiful location, excellent cuisine, fantastic manager and staff!
Sublime 'once in a life-time' experience!!! Will also be very charming in winter!

Fam Verwaerde - Belgium

Tip: check when booking the accommodation and location of the room.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Benjamin V, Directeur général at La Pourvoirie du Cap au Leste, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2014

Dear Verwaerde Family,
Thank you very much for commenting on your stay in the Pourvoirie du Cap au Leste. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your time here and that you had a positive human experience! We would be pleased to welcome you again during the winter!

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

The place is nothing like I’ve ever seen before. I’m used to stay in city center hotels, and I wanted to go back to someplace closer to nature. The staff is very friendly (Manon was really helpful at the front desk!) and the diners we had were amazingly good (and served hot!). Our room was neat and clean, beautifully decorated in a rustic atmosphere. I was disconnected during my time there, and was feeling relaxed. I will definitely come back!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Harry M
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Benjamin V, Directeur général at La Pourvoirie du Cap au Leste, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Dear Harry,
Thank you for taking time to share your opinion on the Pourvoirie du Cap au Leste. We are pleased to know it has been an incredible experience, and will let our staff know their work has been appreciated.
We cannot wait to welcome you again!

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