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Ice Fishing Winter Outdoor Activities

The tip of your fishing rod suddenly jerks toward the slushy hole in the ice. From within a heated shelter perched on the ice, you grab the rod and start reeling in madly. It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Cold temperatures don’t sway the denizens of the deep – lake and bull trout, walleye, northern pike, perch and arctic grayling can be caught in Alberta lakes during winter. Your guide will set up your heated shelter, equipment and introduce you to the bliss of cooking and eating your own fresh catch. Get hooked on a genuinely Canadian experience.

When the weather is wintry, there are many interesting activities to choose in the Slave Lake Region during the cold months - even if you don't have your own ice fishing shack or your own snowshoes!

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Ice fishing on the Athabasca River
Ice fishing on the Athabasca River

Hooked on Ice Fishing

Travel Alberta

It may seem as if nature is sleeping under a thick blanket of snow, but just beneath the frozen surface of Alberta’s lakes are hungry fish waiting to grab bait.

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Ice Fishing Spots

Wapiti Sports & Outfitters - Storefront

Canmore, Alberta

Visit Wapiti Sports & Outfitters, Canmore’s best resource for fishing information, guided trips and a comprehensive selection of fly/spin fishing gear and fly-tying materials. Stop in and to see “hot picks” from a large selection of dry and wet flies and streamers. Provincial and National Park fishing licenses are available, as well as Alberta hunting licenses. In addition, must-haves are stocked for the avid hunter. Come see the resident artist Terry and his "RockScapes" art work.

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The Fishin' Hole

Edmonton, Alberta

This is the place to go in Edmonton for sport fishing tackle, equipment and supplies with an inventory of about 17,000 items and staff that are enthusiastic and knowledgeable anglers.

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Cold Lake Marina

Cold Lake, Alberta

Sailboats in the Cold Lake Marina always present the prettiest summer picture. Walking along the breakwater you might glimpse the “Legend of the Kinosoo”, the big fish that the Dene Suline believe lurks in the depths Cold Lake. The Marina provides launching access to Cold Lake. There is fuel, a pump out system, sail boat lifting mast and a fish cleaning station available for boaters. Fishing is allowed on the outside of the breakwater. Take an ice cream break after your jaunt along the lakeshore or stop for a bite to eat at any of the restaurants along the lakeshore.

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Tours

Lesser Slave Lake Ice Fishing Shack Rentals

Slave Lake, Alberta

Ice fishing shacks can be rented for weekends out on the ice. Shacks have a variety of amenities, ranging from simple to full overnight accommodation. Owner/operator places them for the season, and pulls them off the ice when spring weather conditions make the ice unsafe.

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Lens on Nature

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Lens on Nature’s mission is to enable our guests the opportunity to immerse themselves and experience the remote beauty, history and culture of Fort Chipewyan, one of Alberta’s most isolated and northern communities. We offer carefully created, professionally guided three day adventures which include travelling a 280 km (174 mi) road made entirely of snow and ice to Fort Chipewyan, dog sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, historical tours and a chance of seeing aurora borealis. With each trip, guests receive a collection of inspiring images in a professionally designed hard cover book that captures the sense of authenticity of their adventure.

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The Great Canadian Adventure Company

Edmonton, Alberta

The Great Canadian Adventure Company provides the ability to completely plan an unforgettable wilderness adventure vacation to your specifications anywhere in Alberta. From hiking rafting and horseback pack trips in the summer to dogsledding snowmobiling and downhill skiing in the winter we can make your adventure dream a reality.

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