Ice fishing village and skating in Old Montréal

© Pêche Blanche Vieux-Montréal - Pêche Blanche Vieux-Montréal© Fishing Old Montreal - Fishing Old Montreal© Quays of the Old Port of Montréal - Old Port of Montréal

© Pêche Blanche Vieux-Montréal - Pêche Blanche Vieux-Montréal

December 17, 2013 — Montréal’s vibrant Old Port, sitting snugly between historic Old Montréal and the St. Lawrence River, is a hotbed of super-chill winter activities…

The aforementioned Pêche Blanche Ice Fishing Village in the Clock Tower Basin offers postcard-perfect winter angling authenticity just minutes from Montréal’s downtown. The “village” features huts tailored to the size of your expedition.

The St. Lawrence River is home to approximately 40 species of fish, and while several of these are only catch and release – sturgeon, muskellunge and catfish among them – there are numerous others, including perch, walleye, pike and the inglorious burbot that are both yours for the keeping and safe to eat. The Ice Fishing Village – which this year offers the services of Chef Daren Bergeron at the new Snack Bar on Ice – is open seven days a weeks (hours vary) and operates from January to April, weather depending.
If fishin’ ain’t your mission, mosey one quay to the west, from Clock Tower Basin to Bonsecours Basin, where outdoor skating rules the rink until March 10. Avail yourself of spectacular night-time views of Old Montréal and the city skyline enlivened by a soundtrack of your favourite songs in a beautifully rendered setting designed to maximize your sensory experience. The ice is open every day starting at 10 am, and if you don’t have skates, don’t worry, they have them for you. Music in the evenings begins at 7 pm and features different daily themes from classical to 80s music. So don’t be shy, switch into glide…