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2013 Urban Fishing Festivals in the Greater Toronto Area

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2013 Urban Fishing Festivals in the Greater Toronto Area

There are many opportunities in the GTA to get out and fish licence-free during Family Fishing Week, July 6-14, 2013.

High Park, Grenadier Pond

Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Directions: Located at 1873 Bloor St. W. in Toronto. Take the TTC to High Park Station and walk south from the station to enter park. Take West Road or Colborne Lodge Drive to Grenadier Restaurant and walk down hill to pond.

Partners: City of Toronto, Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassadors, Evergreen Foundation, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows, LEF Bike Program, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

A limited number of rods and reels will be supplied for kids under 16 to take home on a first-come, first-served basis. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

Toronto Islands

Sunday July 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Directions:  Take the Toronto Islands ferry at the foot of Bay Street to Centre Island and then proceed to the boathouse.

Partners: City of Toronto, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Ontario Chinese Anglers Association, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows, Ontario Power Generation, OFAH Tackle Share, Kids and Cops & Canadian Tire, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

A limited number of rods and reels will be supplied for kids under 16 to take home on a first-come, first-served basis. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

Darlington Provincial Park

Saturday July 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Directions: Hwy 401 to Courtice Road. Go South to Darlington Park Road to the gates. There, staff will instruct on how to get to picnic Area 4.

Partners: OFAH, Darlington Provincial Park, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Provincial Park day use fees of $14 per vehicle are in effect. A limited number of rods and reels can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. Free hotdogs and refreshments are available for kids. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

Unionville - Toogood Pond

Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Directions:  Just north of Highway 7 and west of Main Street in Unionville, at the pavilion off Carleton Road.

Partners: Ontario Chinese Anglers Association, Town of Markham, Hawgtown Bassmasters, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

A limited number of rods and reels available for kids under 16 to take home on a first-come, first-served basis.

Newmarket - Fairy Lake

Sunday, July 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Directions:  Fairy Lake is located in Wesley Brooks Park, off Eagle Street just east of Main Street.

Partners: The Newmarket Optimists, Aurora Bassmasters, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire, York Regional Police Association, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

A limited number of rods and reels can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. A free hotdog and drink will be available for kids. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

Pickering - Progress Park at Frenchman's Bay

Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Directions:  From Highway 401, take Brock Road south. Turn right onto Bayly. Take Liverpool Road south to Commerce Street. Turn right (west) onto Front Street. Turn left (south) into Progress Park entrance.

Partners: The Pickering Rod and Gun Club, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, City of Pickering, Muskies Canada, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

A limited number of rods and reels can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be free hotdogs, prizes and refreshments for kids. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

Pefferlaw - Pefferlaw River

Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Directions:  The event takes place on the Pefferlaw River at the mouth of Lake Simcoe.  Follow Highway 48 north to Holmes Point Road (just before the river and lights on Hwy 48). Turn left (north) and follow signs to Peninsula Resort, 202 Holmes Point Rd.

Partners: Peninsula Resort, Pefferlaw Anglers, Town of Georgina, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Pefferlaw Post, York Environmental Stewardship, Kid’s Fishing Day (Toronto Sportsmen’s Show), Sobeys Sutton, No Frills Sutton, Frog Street Firewood, Home Hardware Sutton, Bonnie Boats, D. W. & Sons Bait, Kirk Eddy, James Smockum Portable Toilets, Brad Smockum, Ward 5 Councillor, Mr. Softee, Pefferlaw and District Lions Club and Tackle and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

A limited number of rods and reels can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. All equipment, bait and refreshments will be offered at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis after pre-registered participants have been accommodated. To avoid disappointment, free pre-registration at lake-simcoe.ca is recommended. 

Meadowvale - Lake Aquitaine Park

Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Directions:  From Highway 401, take Winston Churchill Boulevard down to Derry Road, over to Aquitaine Avenue and then right on Glen Erin Drive. Turn left at first lights into Meadowvale Community Centre. Event is behind community centre.

Partners: The Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club, Mississauga Bassmasters, the City of Mississauga, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

A limited number of rods and reels will be supplied for kids under 16 to take home on a first-come, first-served basis. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

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