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Fish for Free During Family Fishing Week July 6-14

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Fish for Free During Family Fishing Week July 6-14

Ontario Government Making it Easier to Enjoy Great Outdoors

Canadian residents can fish licence-free in Ontario from July 6-14, providing families with 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
  • The Fishing Tournament at Inverhuron Provincial Park on July 7
  • Marathon 2013 Kids Fish Derby at Three Finger Lake on July 7
  • Port Hope Family Fishing Derby at Port Hope Marina on July 12
  • 17th Annual Dorset Kids Fish Derby at Public Docks on July 13
  • Napanee Kids Fishing Day at Conservation Park on July 14

Approximately 1.3 million anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion in the province annually.

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“Fishing is a great way to spend some time outside, enjoying all the natural beauty this province has to offer while participating in a popular pastime. I encourage you to check out one of the many fishing events taking place this year and join in with family or friends.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

“Fishing is not only a great outdoor sport, it also brings family and friends together for some fun and relaxation.”

Raymond Zee

President, Ontario Chinese Anglers Association

“Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is proud to promote and participate in Family Fishing Week. The sport of fishing has been close to my heart since I could hold a rod and reel. It is quality time for families to 'catch some fun' and enjoy Ontario’s great outdoors!”

Walter Oster

Chairman and CEO, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows

Media Contacts

  • Media Calls Only: Emily Kirk

    Minister’s Office


  • Media Calls Only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch




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