This video presents Ontario Family Fishing Events:

  • Introduce kids or  friends to fishing!
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to fish licence-free:

You're Invited: Licence-Free Fishing in Ontario July 7 - 15, 2012

You’re Invited: Licence-Free Fishing in Ontario July 7 – 15, 2012

Ontario Family Fishing Events (OFFE) is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.

  • The Ontario Government designates two periods throughout the year as license-free:
    • February 18-20, 2012 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday)
    • July 7-15, 2012 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday)
  • During all other time periods, Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase a valid fishing license to legally fish in Ontario.
  • With the exception of the licensing requirement, Ontario fishing regulations, fees and limits continue to apply during license-free days.
    • Copies of the regulations are
  • Ontario is home to 160 species of freshwater fish in lakes and rivers across the province.

You can enjoy the following events as part of your staycation in Ontario, Canada:

Ontario’s Family Fishing Week

Ontario invites you, your families and friends to fish licence-free during Ontario’s Family Fishing Week from July 7 to 15 as well as enjoy the province’s beautiful lakes and rivers in a fun and affordable way at Family Fishing Events in towns and provincial parks, which include:

  • Rock Bass Family Fishing Day on Whitefish Lake at Algonquin Provincial Park, July 7, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    • Bring your children, watercraft (all regulated equipment required), and fishing rods for a fun-filled day at Whitefish Lake.
    • Learn:
      • fishing
      • cleaning and cooking techniques for this easy-to-catch Algonquin delicacy
    • All participants are required to wear a personal flotation device (PFD).
    • At Whitefish Lake, South on Centennial Ridges Road (at km 37.6 on Highway 60)
  • Dorion Township Huck Finn Derby at the Dorion Township Recreation Centre, July 8
    • Bring in your fish to register from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m
    • Kids pick their own prizes when their name is randomly called.
    • Ages 0 – 14
    • Refreshments available
  • Powassan Family Fishing Derby at South Himsworth Public Beach, July 9:
    • 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Fun family day:
      • $5 per Child
      • $15 per Adult
      • $30 per Family
    • Prizes for all

Please click here for the complete itinerary of all license-free Ontario Family Fishing Events across the province.

Plan your fishing trip from start to finish with Ontario’s Fish ON-Line tool at Ontario.ca/fishing.

Contact Info

For more information on the Ontario Family Fishing Events, please contact them at:

offe@ofah.org

Ontario Family Fishing Events (OFFE)
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH)
P.O. Box 2800
Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 8L5

Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 240 or 254

Happy Family Fishing Week!

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Happy National Fishing Week!

Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

PRESS RELEASE

Fish for Free During Family Fishing Week

July 4, 2012

McGuinty Government Encourages Ontarians to Enjoy Great Outdoors

Canadian residents can fish licence-free in Ontario from July 7 to 15, providing families a fun and affordable way to enjoy the province’s beautiful lakes and rivers.

Family fishing events in towns and provincial parks across Ontario include:

  • Eight Urban Fishing Festivals in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Rock Bass Family Fishing Day on Whitefish Lake at Algonquin Provincial Park, July 7
  • Dorion Township Huck Finn Derby at the Dorion Township Recreation Centre, July 8
  • Powassan Family Fishing Derby at South Himsworth Public Beach, July 9
  • Hamilton Bass Master’s 1st Annual Kids Fishing Derby in Christie’s Conservation Area, Dundas, July 14
  • The 16th Annual Dorset Kids Fish Derby, July 15

Supporting tourism and recreation is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean most to Ontario families — health care and education.

QUOTES

“Ontario has beautiful lakes, streams and rivers. Whether you’ve never fished before or have been doing it for years, fishing is a wonderful way to spend some time together as a family, enjoying this province’s great outdoors.”

 – Michael Gravelle
Minister of Natural Resources

“A day of fishing is a great way to enjoy Ontario’s natural beauty and have some fun while creating family memories that will last a lifetime. Ontario parks are the perfect setting for a family adventure and to discover Ontario’s great outdoors.”

 – Michael Chan
Minister of Tourism and Culture

“We are happy to be a part of this terrific opportunity for Canadian residents to try fishing without any licensing barriers. Many OFAH member clubs will host derbies during Family Fishing Week to introduce the joy of fishing to those who have never known the thrill of a fish on a line.”

 – Angelo Lombardo
Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

QUICK FACTS

LEARN MORE

Ministry of Natural Resources
ontario.ca/natural-resources

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