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Ontario Extends Free Fishing This Weekend in Celebration of Mother’s Day

Toronto – In a gesture aimed at celebrating Mother’s Day and fostering family bonding, Ontario is offering all Canadian residents the opportunity to fish for free this upcoming weekend, May 11th and 12th, across the province. The initiative, announced by Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, aims to encourage families to enjoy the beauty of Ontario’s lakes, rivers, and streams while partaking in the beloved pastime of fishing.

Minister Smith expressed enthusiasm for the event, stating, “Free fishing is a great way to get out as a family to celebrate Mother’s Day and enjoy our beautiful lakes, rivers and streams. Whether you’re new to fishing or have been doing it for years, what better way to kick off the spring season than enjoying fishing with family or friends.”

Despite the waiver of fishing fees for the weekend, all conservation licence catch limits, size limits, sanctuaries, and other fishing regulations remain in effect to ensure the sustainability of Ontario’s aquatic ecosystems.

Here are some quick facts to note:

  • Ontario boasts over one million licensed anglers who contribute significantly to the economy, spending $1.75 billion annually on recreational fishing.
  • Additional free fishing events on the calendar include Father’s Day weekend on June 15th and 16th, and Family Fishing Week to celebrate Canada Day from June 29th to July 7th.
  • Canadian residents participating in free fishing periods must carry physical identification issued by the provincial or federal government, displaying their name and date of birth.
  • Fishing licenses for Ontario can be conveniently purchased online at huntandfishontario.com or in person at participating ServiceOntario or licence issuer locations.
  • Outside of designated free fishing periods, most Canadians aged between 18 and 64 must possess an Outdoors Card and a fishing licence.
  • Notably, veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy free recreational fishing in the province throughout the year.

As families prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, the invitation to partake in free fishing serves as a reminder of the importance of spending quality time together amidst the natural wonders of Ontario’s landscapes.


Ontario’s initiative to offer free fishing on Mother’s Day weekend is a commendable gesture that encourages families to connect with nature and each other. Fishing not only provides an opportunity for recreation but also fosters a sense of stewardship for the environment. By waiving fishing fees for the weekend, the province not only celebrates mothers but also promotes outdoor activities that enrich family relationships. As families cast their lines into Ontario’s pristine waters, they create lasting memories and strengthen bonds—a priceless gift indeed.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at samantha.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca.

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