Free fishing for Fathers’ Day

Fish for free and have a great family outing throughout B.C. this Fathers’ Day weekend.

George Graw helps hold the rod steady for his grandson Declan Cochan during a previous Father’s Day fishing event. Fishing is free again this weekend across the province for the 17th annual Family Fishing Weekend.

George Graw helps hold the rod steady for his grandson Declan Cochan during a previous Father’s Day fishing event. Fishing is free again this weekend across the province for the 17th annual Family Fishing Weekend.

Fish for free and have a great family outing throughout B.C. this Fathers’ Day weekend.

The Family Fishing Society of B.C. invites experienced and novice anglers of all ages to enjoy a day on the water for free as part of an effort to get more British Columbians hooked on fishing.

“Summer for many B.C. families is about spending time together in the outdoors and Family Fishing Weekend is the perfect way to kick off the season.  Whether you’re a veteran angler or never touch a rod, the Family Fishing Weekend is a great way to get out and enjoy B.C.’s natural beauty and, maybe, get hooked on fishing,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is the perfect opportunity to explore one of the province’s thousands of lakes, rivers, streams or tidal waters for free, compliments of the Province and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). A goal of the Family Fishing Weekend is to encourage British Columbians to enjoy our province’s world-class sport fishing opportunities and to become more aware of our natural resources.

“For many BC families, Family Fishing Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer,” said Michele Dusterhoft,  president of the Family Fishing Society of B.C.

“A free weekend of fishing is a great way to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy sport fishing across British Columbia.”

The 17th annual Family Fishing Weekend is made possible by the support of material sponsors, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and, most importantly, many hundreds of volunteers and the 48 communities that will host an event across the Province this year.   The Father’s Day weekend,  June 17-19, will be celebrated with free fishing across the province and at 48 separate organized events province wide.

“These events offer a great opportunity to learn how to fish and share an appreciation for the pastime and marine and aquatic resources in a fun and supervised environment,” said Owen Bird, executive director of the Family Fishing Society.

“The dedicated volunteers who organize and participate in these events are passionate about fishing and even more passionate about passing on their love of the sport. They really are the heart of Family Fishing Weekend.”

For more information, visit www.bcfamilyfishing.com online.