Photographer's Note

What’s wrong with this picture….

If you look closely you will notice that to the right there is what looks like a river bank and in the back there’s a bridge. Nothing to unusual about that, your thinking. This is what seems like part of a small Canadian village your still thinking.

Well you are almost right, this is a small village. But the thing is that it stands ON the river . That’s right, I said ON the river. You are looking at ice fishing cabins on the Ste-Anne river.

This is part of the famous ice fishing village of Ste-Anne-de-la-Pérade, better known as the Atlantic Tommy Cod Capital of the world. This small town located on the north shore of the St-Lawrence seaway between Quebec City and Trois-Rivieres (Three-Rivers).
Each winter since the 1930’s, millions of tommy cod swim in from the St-Lawrence river to spawn in the Ste-Anne River. From the 26th of December until around the 15th of February it is possible for fisherman and lovers of the outdoors to participate in a unique winter activity.
The Tommy cod (called 'poulamon' -pronounced 'poolamon'- here) lives from 3 to 8 years, produces approximately 8600 eggs per lay, and weighs 45 gr. in average; the male's length is in average 15 cm, the female 18 cm. It roams the west coast of the Atlantic, from Labrador to Virginia, and takes to many rivers to lay eggs.

What I find incredible about this place, is that there is electricity in those fishing cabins. You can see the electric poles that are put up by the towns people. They spray the bases with water for many days until the pole is at least one feet deep in ice. You can also see in my photo that most people drive up to the cabins with their very heavy automobiles…

I guess that sometimes, the expression “Crazy Canucks” to describe Canadians is well deserved ;-)

xln, Tim, mdchachi, Steely, DiaAzul, Castafiore, johnhopkins, gul791, nwoehnl, robbie9 heeft deze opmerking als nuttig gemarkeerd

Photo Information
Viewed: 5212
Points: 43
Additional Photos by Paul Leduc (PLD_images) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1535 W: 241 N: 1034] (7149)
View More Pictures