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Helping First-Time Anglers

Ontario Government Encourages Ontarians to Cast a Line

Ontario is helping families enjoy the great sport of fishing through the new Learn to Fish program in four provincial parks in southern Ontario.

This pilot program will provide new opportunities for children, families and budding anglers to learn how to fish. Participants will find out how to identify fish, tie fishing knots, rig a rod and cast a line — then wait for that exciting moment when they catch their first fish!

Learn to Fish programs are available at Darlington, Emily, Sibbald Point and Earl Rowe provincial parks this summer. Participants will need to purchase a one-day fishing licence.

Fishing equipment and hands-on instruction will be included with every two-hour Learn to Fish program.

Quick Facts

  • Learn to Fish participants who are in the Learn to Camp program will receive a one-day fishing licence as part of their experience. The Learn to Camp program teaches the basics of camping by providing equipment and hands-on experience for a number of important tasks, such as setting up a campsite, using a camp stove and building a fire.
  • Approximately 1.3 million anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion in the province annually.
  • Equipment for the Learn to Fish program is provided by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ TackleShare program, which lends fishing gear to aspiring new and young anglers at no cost. This equipment is also available to park users at many provincial parks.
  • In 2012, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 9.1 million visits and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.

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“The new Learn to Fish program will provide more Ontarians with yet another way to enjoy the beauty of this province. Fishing is a great way to spend time with family and friends, or to relax in quiet solitude.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

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