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You can fish for free in Ontario on Family Day weekend

Conservation Area holding ice fishing event this Sunday

The Family Day weekend — Feb. 15-17 — is an Ontario Family Fishing weekend, meaning Canadian residents of all ages can enjoy fishing in Ontario without having to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card.

"Our government is making it easier for families to spend quality time together while enjoying Ontario's world-class lakes, rivers and streams," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, in a press release.

"We have made life more affordable by doubling the number of free fishing events to also include the Mother's Day and Father's Day weekends."

If you don't have your own fishing gear, don't worry. The Lake Laurentian Conservation Area is holding a Friends and Family Ice Fishing Day event Feb. 16 from 12-4 p.m.

Family Day weekend is the first of four licence-free fishing opportunities in 2020.

This year’s other licence-free fishing experiences are offered on Mother’s Day weekend (May 9-10), Father’s Day weekend (June 20-21), and during Family Fishing Week (July 4-12).

By offering a free fishing licence, an Ontario family of four could save up to $100.

Anglers are reminded to stay safe when heading onto the ice to fish. For ice safety tips, visit