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Three days of licence-free fishing during the Family Day long weekend

Canadian residents can fish Ontario licence-free from February 17-19

PETERBOROUGH — Ontario Family Fishing Events (OFFE) offers a great opportunity for families to get outdoors and do a little hard water fishing this February.

Where ice conditions permit safe fishing, community groups are organizing events across the province that provide fishing for children and their families. Eager to share their fishing passion with new anglers, organizers are hosting events from February 17 through February 19, (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday). During this three-day weekend, Canadian residents can fish Ontario public waters licence-free, but must adhere to the conservation fishing limits set within the current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary

Family and friends will come together for some fun fishing this weekend in Cambridge, Ottawa, Sudbury, London, Chatham-Kent, and Dryden, just to name a few locations. One event in particular, the OFAH Family Ice Fishing Day is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants to Chemong Lake in Ennismore, near Peterborough on February 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This free event has everything that beginners need to get involved. Holes will be pre-drilled, all equipment and bait is provided at no cost, and prizes for all youth participants. For a complete list of events, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter (@onfamfish). Whether anglers join an event in their community or go out on their own, the licence-free fishing days are a great way to spend the Family Day weekend.

Ontario Family Fishing Events is led by a steering committee comprised of partners that includes representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), the OFAH, and the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA).

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 740 member clubs, the OFAH is the province’s largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit us online at, follow us on Twitter @ofah and find us on Facebook and Instagram @theofah.

Media contact:

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

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