This story was originally published in December 2020 and was updated in February 2022.
Ice fishing in Ontario is having a moment. Pulling a fish from a hole drilled into a vast expanse of ice can be a thrill and people of all ages and experience levels are catching on. Local outfitters are responding to the increased demand by offering everything needed to make a day (or night) on the ice easy, fun and comfortable. Whether you’re a serious angler looking to fish year–round or a beginner testing the frozen waters for the first time, here are eight iconic ice fishing Ontario spots to drop your line in. Dress warmly, pack some glove–friendly food and get out there.