Ice fishing a 'really good tradition' to pass on to other immigrants, newcomer says

Kenneth Tse likes to take his newcomer friends out ice fishing as an a way to introduce them to Canada.

Kenneth Tse, who came to Canada 20 years ago, never thought he'd learn to ice fish

Kenneth Tse, left, Andrea Marastoni, centre, and Stefano Marastoni, right, out on the Island Lake Conservation Area to ice fish. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

When Kenneth Tse first came to Canada 20 years ago, he didn't expect to be ice fishing, let alone enjoy it.

Fast forward to 2019 and Tse, who is a science teacher by day, now introduces other newcomers to Canada by teaching them how to ice fish — like Stefano Marastoni and his son Andrea Marastoni who came to Canada from Italy five years ago.

Kenneth Tse grew up in Hong Kong and is now trying to get other newcomers hooked on ice fishing. 2:44

Tse came to Canada from Hong Kong when he was 10. He discovered the winter past-time when his dad's friend took him fishing years ago.

"I thought it would be nice to pay back and give the opportunity to new Canadians to fish because I had that opportunity," Tse told CBC Toronto.

Kenneth Tse drills a hole into the ice. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

"When you say 'Canada,' a lot of people think it's cold. One of the images they think about aside from dog sledding, is ice fishing. It's a really good tradition to keep on, to get the kids outdoors, even adults."

Once you drill the hole, you use a scoop to get the ice out. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

Marastoni says it's not readily possible to ice fish in Italy. So when he came to Canada, he says, he was drawn to try the activity.

Many people put up huts, like the one on the left, to stay warm while ice fishing. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

"This is a kind of fishing that we always watch on TV and it's something that we always wanted to do," said Marastoni.

Tse says he hopes that once newcomers learn how to ice fish, they will pass that tradition on to other new Canadians as well.

Andrea Marastoni says ice fishing really teaches a person how to be patient. (Lisa Xing/ CBC)

With files from Lisa Xing