Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Canadian residents can fish licence-free in Ontario from July 7 to 15, providing families a fun and affordable way to enjoy the province’s beautiful lakes and rivers.

Family fishing events in towns and provincial parks across Ontario include:

• Eight Urban Fishing Festivals in the Greater Toronto Area

1. Unionville — Toogood Pond

Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions: Just north of Highway 7 and west of Main Street in Unionville, at the pavilion of Carleton Road.
Partners: Ontario Chinese Anglers Association, Town of Markham, Hawgtown Bassmasters, MNR Aurora District.
A limited number of rods and reels are available for kids under 16 to take home on a first-come, first-served basis.

2. Pickering — Progress Park at Frenchman's Bay
Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions: From Highway 401, take Brock Road south. Turn right onto Bayly Street; take Liverpool Road south to Commerce Street; turn right (west) to Front Street, turn left (south) to Progress Park entrance.
Partners: Pickering Rod and Gun Club, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters - Zone G, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, City of Pickering, Muskies Canada, MNR Aurora District.
A limited number of rods and reels can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be free hotdogs and refreshments for kids. Bait is supplied at no cost.

3. Pefferlaw — Pefferlaw River
Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions: The event takes place on the Pefferlaw River at the mouth of Lake Simcoe. Follow Highway 48 north to Holmes Point Rd. (just before the river and lights on Hwy 48); turn left (north) and follow signs to Peninsula Resort, 202 Holmes Point Rd.
Partners: Peninsula Resort, Pefferlaw Anglers, Town of Georgina, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Pefferlaw Post, York Environmental Stewardship, Kid’s Fishing Day (Toronto Sportsmen’s Show), Sobeys Sutton, No Frills Sutton, Lioness Club of Pefferlaw, Frog Street Firewood, Home Hardware Sutton, Bonnie Boats, Captain Morbids, D. W. & Sons Bait and Tackle and Ministry of Natural Resources, Aurora District.
A limited number of rods and reels can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. All rods, equipment, bait and refreshments will be offered at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis after pre-registered participants have been accommodated. To avoid disappointment, free pre-registering at lake-simcoe.ca is recommended.

4. High Park, Grenadier Pond
Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions: Located at 1873 Bloor Street West. Take the TTC to High Park Station and walk south from the station to enter the park. Take West Road or Colborne Lodge Drive to Grenadier Restaurant and walk down the hill to the pond.
Partners: City of Toronto, Evergreen Foundation, MNR Aurora District.
A limited number of rods and reels will be supplied for kids under 16 to take home on first-come, first-served basis. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

5. Darlington Provincial Park
Saturday, July 7, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Directions: Hwy 401 to Courtice Rd. Go south to Darlington Park Rd. to the gates. Staff will instruct on how to get to Picnic Area #4.
Partners: OFAH Zone E, Darlington Provincial Park and MNR Aurora District. Provincial Park Gate day-use fees of $14 per vehicle are in effect.
A limited number of rods and reels can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. Free hotdogs and refreshments will be available for kids. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

6. Toronto Islands
Sunday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions: Take the ferry to Centre Island and then proceed to the Boathouse.
Partners: City of Toronto, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Ontario Chinese Anglers Association, Canadian National Sportsman Shows, Ontario Power Generation, Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire, MNR Aurora District.
A limited number of rods and reels will be supplied for kids under 16 to take home on a first-come, first-served basis. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

7. Newmarket — Fairy Lake
Sunday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions: Fairy Lake is located in Wesley Brooks Park, off Eagle Street just east of Main Street.
Partners: Newmarket Optimists, Aurora Bassmasters, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire, York Regional Police Association and MNR Aurora District.
A limited number of rods and reels can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. Free hotdogs and refreshments will be available for kids. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

8. Meadowvale — Lake Aquitaine Park
Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions: From Highway 401, take Winston Churchill Boulevard down to Derry Road, over to Aquitaine Avenue and then right on Glen Erin Drive. Turn left at first lights into Meadowvale Community Centre. Event is behind community centre.
Partners: Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club, Mississauga Bassmasters, the City of Mississauga, MNR Aurora District.
A limited number of rods and reels will be supplied for kids under 16 to take home on first-come, first-served basis. Bait will be supplied at no cost.

• Rock Bass Family Fishing Day on Whitefish Lake at Algonquin Provincial Park, July 7

• Dorion Township Huck Finn Derby at the Dorion Township Recreation Centre, July 8

• Powassan Family Fishing Derby at South Himsworth Public Beach, July 9

• Hamilton Bass Master’s 1st Annual Kids Fishing Derby in Christie’s Conservation Area, Dundas, July 14

• The 16th Annual Dorset Kids Fish Derby, July 15

“Ontario has beautiful lakes, streams and rivers. Whether you’ve never fished before or have been doing it for years, fishing is a wonderful way to spend some time together as a family, enjoying this province’s great outdoors,” says Michael Gravelle, Ontario minister of natural resources.

QUICK FACTS

• Canadians may fish licence-free in provincial waters during Family Fishing Week. Non-residents require licences.

• Approximately 1.3 million anglers fish in Ontario each year and spend $2.5 billion in the province annually.

• Ontario is home to 160 species of freshwater fish in lakes and rivers across the province.

• Family Fishing Week is supported by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association and Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation, as well as many local sponsors and dedicated volunteers.

• If you fish without a licence during Family Fishing Week, you must follow the conservation licence limits set out in the 2012 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.

To learn more about fishing in Ontario:

• Plan your fishing trip from start to finish with Ontario’s Fish ON-Line tool at ontario.ca/fishing.

• For more information on fishing events, visit the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

• Find out more about Ontario’s Family Fishing Week.

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