Class - Ice Fishing - Winter 24 - Chris Outdoors

~ A Hands-On Experience in Muskoka ~ 

Intro to Ice Fishing

Learn about Ice Safety, Gear, Techniques, Fish Identification & Ecology

Join me for a fun day out on the ice in Muskoka. In this hands-on adventure workshop, we will be actively fishing on a frozen lake.

You will learn about required and optional gear, different fishing techniques, ice safety, fish identification and ecology. You can also keep any legal fish you catch during the day. 

You must have an Ontario Fishing License to fish actively during the course. You can attend and observe without a license. 

All fishing gear and bait will be supplied. You are responsible for warm clothing and food for the day.

Date: Friday, March 8th

Time: 1pm - 4:30pm

Location: Muskoka, Ontario.

The specific lake and location will be chosen closer to the date based on the best chances of success & ice safety. It will be near Dwight or within a 45min drive of Dwight. 

Cost: $95 + HST**   Only 6 spots!

Accommodations may be available at the Wolf Den Nature Retreat for an additional fee. You can contact them at: 1-866-271-9336 or

Age Requirement: All Chris Outdoors offerings are designed as adult education programs. Participants must be over 18 to attend. Youth over 14 may attend with a parent in some situations. Please email contact us prior to registering to inquire if you are interested in bringing a youth participant with you.


* As a participant you will be outside for multiple hours in cold temperatures regardless of the weather. You are responsible for dressing warm enough. A list of some suggested gear will be sent to registered participants.  

** You must have an Ontario Fishing License to actively fish during the workshop. You may observe without a fishing license. If you have a fishing license, you may keep any fish you catch that are allowed under Ontario's Fishing Regulations. Please note there is no guarantee of successfully catching fish. It is called "fishing" not "catching" for a reason. I will do my best to put us in a place where we are likely to have a successful day.

Meet Your Guide, Chris Gilmour... 

How to fish

I've always loved the outdoors, but it wasn't until my early twenties that I realized how little of nature's language I was aware of.
After meeting a few mentors, I realized I enjoyed nature more as a spectator and tourist than an active and aware participant in nature's story.

I wanted to build deep relationships with all the amazing species we share this planet with, to know them like friends and family.

This sent me on a 20+ year (and counting) journey of rediscovery. I travelled North America studying wilderness survival, tracking, bird language, foraging and more from dozens of teachers.

I learned to read and interpret the tracks, trees, bird calls and other signs like words in a storybook. A story full of wonder that is all around us. And a story that many (myself included earlier in life) did not even know existed.

This new way of relating to the natural world completely changed my life. One of my biggest passions is sharing this with others, which I have been doing for the past two decades through Chris Outdoors and other organizations.