Licence-free family fishing returns to Ontario in July

Fishing buddies

My fishing buddies!

Canadian families can fish anywhere in Ontario without requiring an Outdoors Card or fishing licence between July 2 and 10 (children under the age of 18  and adults 65+ never require an Outdoors Card or fishing licence).

Rules and regulations surrounding catch and size limits are in place during the licence-free dates, as are rules around fishing in sanctuaries.

There are many fishing-related events across the province that families can take part in during the licence-free dates, including the Children’s Fishing Derby at Backus Heritage Conservation Area in Port Rowan (July 2, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Puslinch Lake Family Fishing Derby at the Old Marina Restaurant in Cambridge (July 4, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and the Algonquin Park Family Fishing Day at Whitefish Lake in Algonquin Park (July 9, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.).

For those new to fishing, rods and reels can be borrowed from TackleShare locations at select Ontario provincial parks, conservation authorities and libraries. Visit for details on the program and to find a location near you.

For more information on the Ontario licence-free family fishing dates, visit

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