Already the largest deer hunting company in the world, Sépaq Anticosti is expanding its playing field significantly by acquiring 75% of the land belonging to one of its competitors, Safari Anticosti.
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The $26.1 million deal announced this morning will become effective December 5 and will allow Sépaq to purchase inns, 15 cabins and a fleet of vehicles, as well as exclusive operating rights to approximately 1,500 square kilometers. This will increase the Sépaq fishing area on the island to more than 5,500 square kilometres.
An additional $7.3 million has also been awarded to Sépaq for various land use planning projects, including energy transactions.
According to the Minister in charge of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Pierre Dufour, this acquisition by the Quebec government will protect the profession of the territory and at the same time exclude the possibility of seizure of assets by foreign interests.
“This deal will allow Sépaq to provide greater access to the masterpieces of this national treasure and will allow Quebecers to discover a new way to experience the intoxicating adventure of a trip to Anticosti,” he said.
The CEO of Sépaq, Mr. Jacques Caron, for his part wanted to underline the cooperation and commitment of Safari Anticosti owner, Marcel Deutel.
“Mr. Dutel and his family are wonderful and enthusiastic Anticosti entrepreneurs who ensure that the administration of the Territory remains in the hands of the people of Quebec. We have a high-quality infrastructure and will ensure the promotion and preservation of the St. Lawrence Pearl.”
“We are opening a new chapter in the history of our factory with the certainty that this national treasure that is Anticosti remains a source of pride for the people of Quebec,” says Mr. Dutel.
The deal is also good news for Sépaq Anticosti’s director, Robin Plante, for whom expansion projects are unfinished.
“In addition to the infrastructures that Safari Anticosti has built over the years, we will now be able to take advantage of the Saumon River asphalt and illuminated airstrip, which is accessible to jet aircraft, to facilitate our operations and the transportation of our customer aircraft,” explained this senior executive at Sépaq.
“Our new structure will now employ more than 130 employees and, as we have always done, we will make sure to support the local economy as much as possible in whatever way we can,” emphasized Mr. Blunt.
- Existing Safari Anticosti employees affected by the transaction will be offered a position at Sépaq.
- Sépaq welcomes approximately 2,300 customers annually who can choose a US package or a European plan, directed or not.
- The new hunting grounds of Sépaq are the northern and southern lands of Chaloupe, Rivière-Bell, Aquila, Dauphiné, Box and Lac-Renard. Safari Anticosti will continue operations in the Salmon and Relais segments.
- Hunting stays will be honored for Safari Anticosti customers for the current season.