Saturday, June 10, 2017 

Father's Day

Lakespeare in Love

18th Annual Father's Day Derby and family fishing weekend with loaner rods, tackle June 16-18

Heather Leary, FFS


A fly fisher on the Vedder.


popular Father’s Day tradition in British Columbia is returning for the 18th year June 16 – 18, 2017. Family Fishing Weekend is a way for families to spend quality time together while enjoying a popular outdoor pastime. And, with the fishing licence requirement waived for the weekend, families get a break on the cost as well.


Free events held throughout the weekend offer fishing activities for everyone ranging from those new to fishing, to families who would like a fishing basics refresher to people simply interested in joining a fun group activity.

Family Fishing Weekend events have been planned throughout the Lower Mainland. Attendees learn about fishing gear, share freshwater and saltwater fishing tips, learn about environmental stewardship and the tradition of recreational fishing. These hands-on events are designed so everyone from beginner to expert has an opportunity to catch a fish. Loaner rods, reels and tackle are provided for those who do not have their own gear.

“For many BC families, Family Fishing Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer,” says Family Fishing Society of BC President Wayne Saito. “A free weekend of fishing is a great way to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy sport fishing across British Columbia.”

A youngster fishing the Chilliwack River.

Events are supported by the Family Fishing Society and organized by Fish and Game clubs, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, The Province, the Conservation Officer Service, municipalities, community groups, and local businesses. A complete list of participating communities, locations, and event descriptions, along with step-by-step fishing instructions, can be found at  Freshwater and tidal fishing regulations, including daily catch limits, always apply; details are posted at or

“We hold Family Fishing Weekend during Father’s Day weekend to offer kids, friends and families an activity they can enjoy together,” says Provincial Coordinator of the Family Fishing Society of BC, Owen Bird. “While some come to learn about fish and fishing, we also see many knowledgeable anglers who come to teach and share what they love about fishing. It’s great to see the passion for the sport being shared with the next generation.”


Events will be held throughout Lower Mainland

• Abbotsford  Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery             June 17

• Coquitlam   Lafarge Lake                                              June 18

• Chilliwack Cultus lake                                                    June 17

• New Westminster  Port Royal Beach                         June 18

• North Vancouver Rice Lake                                            June 18

• Richmond   Berry’s Bait & Tackle                           June 17/June 18

• Brackendale Browning Lake                                           June 18

• Whistler  Alta Lake                                                             June 18


The Family Fishing Society of BC was established in 2001 to encourage new anglers as well as promote and coordinate Family Fishing Weekend and other angling initiatives targeted toward families and young people. 2017 marks the 18th year of the licence-free fishing weekend.


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