While fishing isn’t typically associated with bustling cities, it’s a beloved pastime for many who enjoy a few hours on the water at home or away.
And fortunately for those who enjoy fishing, they can indulge in the activity for free this coming Family Day weekend
The Ontario government recently announced that residents are welcome to participate in free fishing on the Family Day weekend. From February 16 to 18, Canadian residents of all ages can enjoy fishing in Ontario without having to purchase a licence.
“We want to encourage families to enjoy the outdoors by providing a fun and affordable way to connect with each other and with nature,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.
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“Whether you are a fishing enthusiast or a first-timer, this is an opportunity to create lasting memories with family and friends, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this weekend — I know I will.”
Family Day weekend is the first of four free fishing events in 2019. The province says residents can also enjoy licence free fishing on the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekends.
The province also says it will remove the $2 service fee this year.
If you want to leave town to fish, you can find some events here.
Anglers are reminded to stay safe and to check local ice conditions before heading onto the ice to fish. For ice safety tips, please visit the Ontario website.