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Drop a line in the water with Ontario Family Fishing Events

Try fishing for free during licence-free days, July 2-10

Fishing is a wonderful activity for people of all ages, and a great way to spend some quality time with friends and family this summer.

With that in mind, there’s no better time than now to drop a line in the water with the launch of Ontario Family Fishing Week 2016, which gets underway July 2 and runs through July 10. During that span, clubs and service organizations across the province will be hosting a number of free family-friendly fishing events designed to bring families together on one of Ontario’s 250,000 lakes, rivers or streams.

Ontario Family Fishing Events (OFFE) is an initiative of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) delivered by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), in partnership with members of the OFFE steering committee, which includes the MNRF, the OFAH, and the Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation. More than 70 Ontario communities will host an event, derby, or festival over a nine-day span and these events are run in conjunction with National Fishing Week –

Where and when?

Urban Fishing Festival – Darlington Provincial Park – Picnic Area 4
July 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Arnprior Kids’ Fishing Derby – McLean Park
July 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids’ Fishing Derby – Wheatley Harbour
July 9, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Algonquin Park Family Fishing Day – Whitefish Lake – Algonquin Provincial Park
July 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For a complete list of events across Ontario, visit

“Fishing is an activity that provides people with a lifetime of memories,” says OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. “Whether you’re a long-time angler, or simply being introduced to the activity for the first time, we hope you take advantage of the free fishing opportunities during Family Fishing Week and create some new, lasting memories.”

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 735 member clubs, the OFAH is the province’s largest non-profit fish and wildlife conservation-based organization and is the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information visit

Ontario Family Fishing Events facts

  • OFFE activities during Ontario Family Fishing Week are open to everyone
  • Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64, who normally would have to purchase a fishing licence, can participate for FREE
  • Conservation fishing limits apply, as do all other fishing regulations
  • Lakes, rivers and streams in Ontario are home to roughly 160 types of freshwater fish

Media contacts:

Alesha Howran
Conservation Outreach Programs Coordinator
705-748-6324 ext. 253

Shawn Cayley
Manager of Communications
705-748-6324 ext. 270