Vintage Photos of Ice Fishing from Across Alberta

They say the trickiest part of ice fishing is the casting! All joking aside, ice fishing is a treasured winter pastime for many Albertans and is a way of extending their fishing season throughout the year. We’re pretty lucky to have so many fantastic spots to drill a hole and drop a line. Take a trip back in time with these historical photos of people enjoying time outdoors from around the province. You’ll notice that the equipment and comforts have come a long way, but the mission remains the same. Drop us a line in the comments and let us know your best ice fishing stories!

Ghost Lake area, Alberta, 1977
Lake Wabamun, Alberta, 1909
Commercial ice fishing, Seba Beach, Alberta, 1915-1916
Seba Beach, Alberta, 1953-1954
Burnt Stick Lake, Alberta, 1912
Fishing on ice, Seba Beach, Alberta, 1953-1954
Man fishing on ice, 1950s. Object #A9524
A first nations woman, possible Mrs. J. Laviolette, 1948-1954. Object #A17134
McKinnon fishing and jigging, 1924. Object #A3689

For another fishy tale, checkout this interview with Bow River Troutfitters about the world-class watersheds we have in southern Alberta.

Monsieur and Madame Xiste Plouffe fishing at Lac Hibon, Alberta, 1920. Object #A6003

The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives and the Provincial Archives of Alberta. If you’re interested, additional information can be found for each photograph on the Glenbow website by searching the identification number that is printed on the photo. There is also the option to purchase a high resolution copy. If you search the object number that can be found in the photo captions, you will find additional information about the photographs on the Provincial Archives website. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from across Alberta. We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below.

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Tyler is originally from Saskatchewan, and yes he cheers for the Roughriders, but don’t hold that against him as Calgary has been his home for the past eight years. He is a teacher working at a wilderness- based treatment program for youth working to overcome addiction. Tyler is also a volunteer with the GOT Parks initiative, which aims at reconnecting Canada’s youth with our national, provincial, and territorial parks. During his time away from work, Tyler enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and snowboarding, team sports, travelling, photography, spending time with good friends, and being at home with his wife and German Shepherd, Rome.