Ontario's Outdoor Activities for Family Day Include Licence-Free Ice Fishing

Ontario's Outdoor Activities for Family Day Include Licence-Free Ice Fishing

Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

News Release

February 14, 2011

Discover Ontario’s Outdoors On Family Day Weekend

McGuinty Government Encourages Families To Staycation In Ontario

There are lots of great winter activities families can experience over the Family Day weekend right here in Ontario.

And from February 19-21, families can try licence-free ice fishing making this a great weekend to experience it for the first time or try it again.

Events will be held across the province promoting winter activities such as snowmobiling, skating, skiing and sledging, including:

As families plan their staycation with fun-filled activities, they can also enter a Blue Mountain resort ski and stay contest.

With so much to see and do, families will have no trouble finding Family Day activities for the kids to enjoy right here in Ontario.


“Family Day weekend is a great opportunity to try ice fishing for the first time, learn about safety on the ice and take part in a wide range of events being organized in communities across the province. I am looking forward to attending this family day weekend the Bridgenorth Winter Panfish Festival – the largest fishing derby and I hope to see many families out enjoying this great outdoor event.”

– Linda Jeffrey
Minister of Natural Resources

“There’s so much for families to do in Ontario all year round. I personally enjoyed ice climbing in Ancaster last Friday and encourage all families to stay and play in Ontario this family day weekend to discover why there really is no place like this.”

– Michael Chan
Minister of Tourism and Culture

“Ice fishing is great way for families to spend time together in the outdoors. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and many of our member clubs are proud to be hosting events over the weekend, and we invite anglers and non-anglers alike to find a local event and drop a line.”

– Mike Reader
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Executive Director


  • Approximately 1.3 million anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion in the province annually.
  • Canadian residents can fish without a licence to fish in Ontario from February 19-21 and in the summer from July 2-10, 2011.
  • In 2008, tourism spending in Ontario was $22 billion, and supported almost 300,000 jobs.


  • Greg MacNeil
    Minister’s Office, Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Mukunthan Paramalingham
    Minister’s Office, Ministry of Tourism & Culture

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