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Montreal Families

Families can ice fish at Old Port

There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than to get outside. And while spring break may only be a few weeks away, winter activities are still in full swing. If you’re all tobogganed, skied or skated out for this winter, ice fishing might be a fun activity right in the heart of the city. 

The Ice Fishing Centre at the  the Old Port is accessible by both car and public transit. And under more than 10 feet of solid ice at the Basin d’Horloge, fish such as pike, perch or walleye are plentiful. Whether you’re fishing for dinner or simply wanting to catch and release, ice fishing is a unique way to spend some time outside with the family.

Yves Ouellete, the organizer of the fishing village, says it’s a fun and affordable activity for the whole family, and a good way to get the kids completely disconnected from screens and gadgets.

Photo Credit: Old Port of Montreal

Here is the breakdown of rates before taxes for five-hour blocks:

  • $30 for two person tent
  • $45 for three person tent
  • $60 for four to six person tent

There is also an unsheltered fishing activity available for $11.50. Kids under 6 can fish for free. Rates include hole drilling and fishing lines. Bait can be purchased on site for $8/ dozen. Parents will need to have a Quebec fishing license.

The Ice Fishing Centre is open until March 28.

For more information about the Ice Fishing Village, click here or visit the Centre Aventure Plein-air de l’île Facebook page.

Related Read: Old Port reopens skating rink

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