September 1, 2018

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. 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

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 non-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

Location & Organization Contact
Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Jessica Yarwood
Fraser Valley Hatchery (604) 504.4716
June  Email
Alexis Creek
Two Lake Robert Haley
Chilcotin Rod & Gun Club (250) 394.4746
June Email
Como Lake  Brendan MacDonald
Conservation Officer Service (250) 651.7511
June Email
Campbell River
Discovery Pier Roger Kirk
Discovery Pier (250) 287.2641
June  Email
Echo Lake Roger Kirk   
Tyee Marine (250) 287.2641
June  Email
Pass Creek Campground Kevin Wadal
IBEW 213 (250) 718.3300
June  Email
Clearwater Trout Hatchery Jessica Yarwood
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (604) 504-4716
June  Email
Downing Park, Kelly Lake Rolly Higginbottom
Clinton & District Outdoor Sportsmen's Association (250) 457.0439
Lafarge Lake Cam Aronetz
BC Federation of Drift Fishers (604) 617.7834
Courtenay Fish & Game Pond Jan Mackenzie
Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association Email
Idlewild Lake Chris Churchill
Cranbrook Firefighter's Association Email
Main Beach Cultus Lake Robert Prinse
Lions Club (604) 791.3320
June  Email
Mayo Lake Wally Baas
Valley Fish and Game Club (250) 749.4025
June  Email
Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Shona Bruce
Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society  (250) 838.0004
June  Email
Fort Steele
Kootenay Trout Hatchery & Visitor Centre Jessica Yarwood
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (604) 504.4716
June  Email
Gold River
Star Lake Roger Lauzon
Gold River Rod & Gun Club (250) 283.2961 ext. 224
June  Email
Walloper Lake Tony Koett
Kamloops & District Fish & Game Club (250) 318.8324
Knouff Lake Resort Brian Ulle
June  (604) 340.5213
Lillian Lake Day Use Area Gerald Forsyth
Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club, BC COS-Invermere (204) 761.4160
June  Email
Okanagan Lake Jason Tansem
BC Sport Fishing Guide,        Rodney's Reel Adventures (250) 451.9676
June Email
Lambley - Bear Lake Lee Berard
Black Mountain Sportsman's Association (250) 864.5128
June Email
Kitimat Rod & Gun Club Albert Hummel
Kitimat Rod & Gun Club (250) 632.6424
June  Email
Bush Creek Hatchery Dave Judson
Ladysmith Sportsmen Club (250) 245.3690
June  Email
Lake Country
Wood Lake Bianca Taylor
Wood Lake RV Park and Marina (250) 766.1881
June  Email
West Pond at Kentucky Alleyne BJ Moore
Nicola Valley Fish & Games Club (250) 208.0304
June  Email
Upper Arrow Lakes Marina Cheryl Black
Coldwell Banker Rosling (250) 265.3205
June  Email
Colliery Dam Park (Upper Dam) Deborah Beck
City of Nanaimo, Fishing for Fun (250) 756.5203
Cottonwood Lake Richard Green
Nelson Rod & Gun Club (250) 352.5609
June  Email
North Vancouver
Rice Lake Reece Fowler
Seymour Salmonid Society (604) 288.0511
June  Email
Port Hardy
Seagate Dock (saltwater) Karen Steele
Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre (250) 902.0336
June  Email
Prince George
West Lake (Camp Hughs) Rob Glavina
June  (250) 596.2517
Chain Lake Al Lay
Princeton Fish & Game Assoc. (250) 295.0250
June  Email
Ten Mile Lake Tony Koett
Quesnel Rod & Gun Club (250) 992.9040
June  Email
Williamson Lake
Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club (250) 814.4549
June  Email
Berry's Bait & Tackle Trout Pond Michele Dusterhoft
Berry's Bait & Tackle  (604) 270.3097
June  Email
Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm Wharf James Murray
Salmon Arm
Leisure Services
June  Email
Chapman Creek Hatchery Pat Moore
Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society (604) 885.4136
Shawnigan Lake
Shawnigan Lake Virginia Bauder
Royal Canadian Legion # 134 (250) 743.4621
June  Email
Alice Lake Brittany Mueller
BC Conservation Officer Service
Deep Creek Fish Hatchery Delores Smith
Terrace Salmonid Enhancement Society (250) 635.0319
June  Email
Champion Lakes Provincial Park Dave Heagy
BC Parks (250) 354.6383
June  Email
Victoria Fish & Game Club Perry Chow
Victoria Fish & Game Club (250) 478.2279
June  Email
West Kelowna
Shannon Lake Park Al Springer
Peachland Sportsmens' Association (250) 767.2287
June Email

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

Thank you for choosing to contact us. Please send an e-mail to ask questions or provide comments.


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.