When the harbour ice freezes smoothly every year, they appear overnight. Avid fishers take their smelt shacks from backyards and garages down to the frozen harbour. Those who enjoy the outdoors in an indoor way, spend their time fishing for smelt.
The shacks provide wind breaks from the elements.
Some are equipped with stoves which take the smelt fishing experience to another level.
However all you really need is a hole in the ice and a chair.
The video shows one such shack and a fisher in a 45 second clip.
When I photographed the cargo vessel, Trinityborg and zoomed in on the vessel, it was interesting to see the smelt shack village on the opposite side of the harbour.
We tried the white flesh fish for the first time last year.
They were delicious. We will visit the fishmonger this week for another meal of the little fish.
Two smelt villages as seen from a nearby bridge