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Celebrate Canada’s 150th and drop a line in the water with Ontario Family Fishing Events

Celebrate Canada’s 150th and drop a line in the water with Ontario Family Fishing Events

Try fishing for free during licence-free days, July 1-9

PETERBOROUGH – 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 2017, which gets underway July 1 and runs through July 9. 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 50 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?

Arnprior Kids’ Fishing Derby – McLean Park
July 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friends and Family Outdoor Adventure Day – Lake Laurentian Conservation Area
July 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire – White Lake Kids Fishing Derby – White Lake Provincial Park
July 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wheatley Harbour Kids Fishing Derby – Wheatley Harbour
July 8, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Annual John Burns Memorial Fishing Derby – Valens Lake Conservation Area
July 8, 5 a.m. to 2 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 more than 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 740 member clubs, the OFAH is the largest non-profit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization in Ontario. For more information, visit 

Ontario Family Fishing Events facts

  • OFFE activities during Ontario Family Fishing Week are open to all
  • Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64, who normally would have to purchase a fishing licence, can fish licence-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:

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

Shelby Erwin
Ontario Family Fishing Events Representative
705-748-6324 ext. 525