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Fish for Free in Ontario During Family Fishing Week

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Fish for Free in Ontario During Family Fishing Week

Ontario Encourages Families To Enjoy Outdoor Activities

Canadians can fish in Ontario without buying a licence during Family Fishing Week, which is July 2 to 10 this year. Family Fishing Week is a great opportunity to learn about the sport in a fun and affordable way.

There are also many family-friendly fishing events taking place during Family Fishing Week in towns and provincial parks across Ontario. Many of them are great for beginners, too!

The Learn to Fish Program is offered at six provincial parks and special Learn to Fish events, including:

  • Information booth at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, July 1 to 3
  • Learn to Fish Mobile Unit at Barrie Promenade Days, July 1 to 3
  • Learn to Fish experience at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, July 5
  • Information booth at Belleville Waterfront Festival, July 7 to 10

If you don't have your own fishing gear, don't worry! Check out the Tackleshare program and borrow some equipment for free.

Fishing in Ontario is more than just a hobby - it is beneficial for the province's economy, too. In 2014-2015, the sale of Outdoor Cards and all types of resident and non-resident recreational fishing licences created an estimated $37.2 million in revenue for the province.

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“Whether you’re completely new to fishing or you’ve been doing it for years, it’s a wonderful way to connect with nature, enjoy this province’s great outdoors and spend time with your family or friends. I encourage all Ontarians to get out and try fishing during this Family Fishing Week.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

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