Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Great Outdoors 

Fishing licences waived this Father's Day weekend

Released by Heather Leary, Family Fishing Weekend/Voice file photo

Fishers of all ages, like these on Cultus Lake in June 2012, will be out this weekend taking advantage of no-fee fishing.


amilies will be able to more easily spend quality time together outdoors June 13 to 15 during the 15th Annual Family Fishing Weekend. In addition to half a dozen events taking place throughout the Lower Mainland, families are able to fish without a licence, making it the ideal way to enjoy Father’s Day weekend outdoors.


Hosted by The Family Fishing Society of BC and volunteer led community groups, Family Fishing Weekend events feature hands–on help for beginners, fish identification and habitat conservation information and the fun of fishing and catching fish. Loner rods, reels and tackle are provided for those who do not have their own gear.


Family Fishing Weekend is an annual opportunity to fish BC’s lakes, rivers, streams and tidal waters for free, compliments of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). DFO is also offering free saltwater fishing over Fathers’ Day weekend. As with the provincial program, certain regulations apply. Regulation details are posted at or


“Summer for many BC families is about spending time together in the outdoors and Family Fishing Weekend is the perfect way to kick off the season,” said Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. “A licence-free weekend of fishing as well as fishing rods available for borrowing makes it very accessible to families looking for an affordable and interactive way to spend time together.”


From less than half a dozen events when the event was launched in 2000, Family Fishing Weekend has grown to include nearly 50 events across the province. Most of the success can be attributed to the very dedicated volunteer anglers and fishing clubs that host events each year as well as a growing interest in the sport of fishing.


The 15th annual Family Fishing Weekend is made possible by financial support from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and the Province of British Columbia. Material and volunteer donations are made by numerous like-minded organizations and businesses, and by all the communities that host events. In addition to free fishing, the weekend will be celebrated with 50 specific community events across the province, many featuring the Freshwater Fisheries Society’s popular “Learn to Fish sessions.


Events will be held across the Lower Mainland at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford, Cultus Lake in Chilliwack, Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam, Rice Lake in North Vancouver, Berry’s Bait & Tackle Trout Pond in Richmond, and Lakeside Park at Alta Lake in Whistler.


A complete list of participating communities, locations and event descriptions, along with step-by-step fishing instructions and regulations can be found at


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. 2014 marks the 15th year of this licence-free fishing weekend.


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