Province Encourages Urban Anglers To 'Get Fishing'
Lots Of Fishing Opportunities In GTA And Other Urban Areas TORONTO, June 21 - Anglers of all ages can enjoy excellent fishing opportunities in urban areas close to home, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today. "More than 50 public waterways in the Greater Toronto Area alone offer fine fishing," said Ramsay as he dropped a line at the Rouge Marshes today with a group of young anglers from the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs. "You can jump on the bus, the subway or a bike, and in minutes you can cast for a carp or perch and feel like you've left the city behind." This is the second year of 'Get Fishing' -- a three-year pilot program to increase urban recreational fishing in the GTA, Ottawa-Carleton, and Hamilton-Burlington areas. The program promotes angling opportunities for young people and new Canadians and encourages fishing for underutilized species. Last year the program supported 17 youth fishing events attended by almost 6,000 participants. New events this year include a fishing derby at Chippawa Creek Conservation Area on June 25, a festival at the Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton on July 9, and the Dow's Lake Youth Fishing Day in Ottawa on July 10. "Urban fishing opportunities keep us connected to nature and encourage stewardship by anglers, both young and older," said Ramsay. "Today's event shows why our government has established the 1.8 million acre greenbelt -- to ensure these types of opportunities for future generations." Anglers between the ages of 18 and 65 must have valid fishing licences and follow the rules and regulations in the 2005-2006 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. Children under 18 years of age don't need a licence. For more information on urban fishing opportunities in Ontario, visit www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/fishing/trip.html. NOTE: See attached list for urban fishing festivals in Ontario this summer. Disponible en français www.mnr.gov.on.ca Fact Sheet ------------------------------------------------------------------------- URBAN FISHING FESTIVALS Urban Fishing Festival Locations: Greater Toronto Area (GTA): 1. Lake Aquitaine Park in Meadowvale - Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m Partners: Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Mississauga Bassmasters, Kids/Cops & Canadian Tire, the City of Mississauga and Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Aurora District. Directions: From Highway 401, take Winston Churchill Boulevard down to Derry Road, over to Aquitaine Avenue and look for Aquitaine Park. 2. Toogood Pond in Unionville - Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partners: Town of Markham, Knights of Columbus-St. Justin Martyr Council, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and MNR Aurora District. Directions: This event will be held in the pavilion area off Carleton Road, just north of Highway 7 and west of Main Street in Unionville. 3. Progress Park at Frenchman's Bay off Front Road in Pickering: Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partners: Pickering Rod and Gun Club, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters-Zone G, South Central Ontario Big Game Association, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, City of Pickering and MNR Aurora District Directions: Take Brock Road - exit south off the 401. Turn right onto Bayly; take Liverpool Road south. 4. The Toronto Islands - Sunday, July 10 from 10 am. to 1 p.m. Partners: Optimists of York Region, Aurora Bassmasters, Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and MNR. Directions: Take the ferry to Centre Island and then proceed to the Boathouse. 5. Fairy Lake in Newmarket - Sunday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partners: Optimists of York Region, Aurora Bassmasters, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire, and MNR. Directions: Fairy Lake is located in Wesley Brooks Park, off Eagle Street just east of Main Street. 6. Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton - Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 Partners: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and MNR. Directions: Take highway 401 west. Go north on highway 410 to Heart Lake Road. Outside the GTA: 1. Bayfront Park - Urban Fishing Festival in Hamilton Harbour Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Partners: MNR Urban Fisheries Program, Royal Botanical Gardens, Parks Canada Marine Discovery Centre, Dofasco Anglers Association, Bass Pro Shops, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Canadian Tire, Muskies Canada, Hamilton Waterfront Trust, Hamilton Wentworth Stewardship Council, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Fishing World, Caledonia Bait and Tackle, Bills Bait and Tackle, Bay Area Restoration Council, Partners and Committees associated with the Hamilton Harbour Fisheries Management Plan. Directions: 709 Simcoe Street West by Bay Street. 2. Chippawa Creek Conservation Area Bass Derby: Saturday, June 25 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Partners: Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Port Colborne & District Conservation Club, Fort Erie Conservation Club Directions: From QEW. Exit 57 south to Hwy 20 and turn west at Bismarck. Take Regional Road 27 South to Wellandport. Turn west on Regional Road 45 to park. Disponible en français www.mnr.gov.on.caFor further information: Media Calls Only: Ginette Albert, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212; Steve Payne, Ministry of Natural Resources, (416) 314-2103; Contacts: Cathy Leeson-Roche, Ministry of Natural Resources, (Kemptville District), (613) 258-4391; James Fitzpatrick, Ministry of Natural Resources, (Guelph District), (519) 826-4938; Wil Wegman, Ministry of Natural Resources, (Aurora District), (905) 713-7730