May 10, 2021

BC's Family Fishing Weekend

B.C.'s Family Fishing Weekend is an annual celebration of fishing that coincides with Father’s Day weekend each year. In 2022, this falls on June 17 - 19. During the three-day event, residents of Canada (individuals who have lived in Canada for the preceding 12 months) can go fishing without a licence.

Fish for Free During Father’s Day Weekend - June 17 - 19, 2022

The provincial government waives the requirement for residents to buy or carry a non-tidal (freshwater) basic licence during the third weekend in June, and the Friday immediately prior. The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, which manages tidal fishing, also offers the opportunity to go saltwater fishing for free. This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends and try fishing!

Exceptions: If you plan to fish for species that require a conservation surcharge stamp (steelhead, Shuswap Lake rainbow trout and char, Kootenay Lake rainbow trout, white sturgeon, and salmon in both tidal and non-tidal waters); or angle Classified Waters (highly productive trout streams; listed as Class I or Class II waters in the water-specific tables of the fishing regulations) you are still required to purchase the appropriate licence(s) and conservation surcharge stamps.

Anglers must still adhere to catch quotas and regulations. Make sure you have read and understood the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis so that you know where you can go fishing, and which fish species you can catch.

Family-Friendly Community Events

During BC's Family Fishing Weekend free fishing events for anglers and families are held around the province. Knowledgeable volunteers are on-hand at most events to teach you the tricks of the trade. 

2021 Events

Family Fishing Webinar Series

Date: June 12, 2021 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Join the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and the B.C. Wildlife Federation for a FREE Family Fishing Webinar Series. 

Due to COVID-19, in-person Family Fishing Weekend events have been suspended. Therefore, we have partnered with the BCWF to host a day of free workshops for all ages to get you ready for BC's 22nd Annual Family Fishing Weekend through Learn to Fish lessons, lure making, fly-tying, door prizes and more!  


  • 9:00 to 9:40 – It’s A Trout Life
  • 10:00 to 11:00 – Learn to Fish Families
  • 11:00 to 12:00 – Lure Making
  • 12:00 to 13:00 – Hatchery Tour
  • 13:00 to 14:00 – Learn to Fish Adults
  • 14:00 to 15:00 – Fly Tying
  • 15:00 to 16:00 – Fishing Ethics and Etiquette
  • 16:00 to 17:00 - Accessible Fishing

Location: Virtual event presented through Zoom. 

Cost: Free

All participants must pre-register HERE. 


Host an Event or Volunteer

We are always looking for more locations and willing communities who want to get involved in BC's Family Fishing Weekend. If your agency, club or group are interested in hosting a community event, please contact us. Activities at past events have included family barbeques, fly-tying clinics, free rod and tackle loan, children’s fishing clinics and stream clean-up projects. We offer event-planning guidance, advertising materials, and, in some cases, fishing equipment to use at the event. If you would like to apply to host an event, please fill-in and return the Application Form.
Thank you to all of the community volunteers, organizations and local businesses that make each event possible.

Resources for Anglers

For tips on how to set up your rod, and basic techniques such as float and bottom fishing, visit our blog or YouTube site. We also have a Beginner’s Learn to Fish Guide available for download.
To find a fishing spot, visit our interactive Where to Fish map, which shows all of the lakes stocked with fish in BC. For other suggestions on where you might go fishing in your local area, check with the folks in one of your local tackle shops or your local angling club.

You can also check out our Family-Friendly Fishing Spots Map, which lists both stocked and non-stocked lakes. 


Contact Us

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Thank you to the sponsors of BC's Family Fishing Weekend: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.