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Ice Fishing

Pêche blanche—this tradition that comes from the indigenous people is an unusual winter activity


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When winter is in full swing, the Quebecois like to go outside and 'break the ice’ and start their fishing season. From January to February rivers and lakes are favorable for fishing as the surface is covered with a thick ice layer. Pêche blanche is open to all who like frosty fresh air and good company.

Fishing spots can be found all way down the St. Lawrence River and Saguenay Fjord where the water is full of walleye, pike, yellow perch, black bass, smelt, cod, and halibut.

For those who want to include in their fishing tales an unusual Atlantic Tomcod hunt, there is an annual festival in Ste-Anne-de-la-Pérade. The world capital of tommy cod fishing attracts around 85,000 fishermen each year, and provides 500 cabins in its territory.

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