Reel ‘Em In for Family Fishing Week!

Cornwall, ON – July 5, 2017As a child, I used to go fishing with my grandfather every summer down by the St. Lawrence River. It was an incredible bonding experience I got to share with the man I admire the most. We would sit there, holding our fishing rod, waiting for a fish to catch the bait, and we would just talk about anything and everything. Sometimes we didn’t even talk at all; the peaceful silence was enough. Now that I’m older, I want to take my grandfather fishing again like the good old days, and this week is the perfect time to do it. We won’t even need to buy a fishing license!

It’s Family Fishing Week! Twice a year, Canadian residents can fish in Ontario without buying a fishing license in February and July.

July 1-9 is the Ontario Government designated period for license-free fishing. Normally, Canadians between the ages of 18 and 64 must purchase a valid Ontario fishing license, but this week is an exception. Grab your fishing gear and head on over to the St. Lawrence River to catch some fish! This is perfect for newcomers who have never gone fishing and have never purchased a fishing license.

With the exception of the licensing requirement, you must:

  • Follow conservation license catch limits
  • Obey size limits and sanctuaries
  • Follow the fishing regulations

Visit for a list of all regulations for the zone you are fishing in. Cornwall is in Zone 20.

For more information on Family Fishing Week, visit

Written by Sophie Poirier

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