Family Fishing Weekend June 17th-19th

What is BC’s Family Fishing Weekend? 
BC’s Family Fishing Weekend is a celebration of the great sport of fishing and getting outdoors. 2011 is the 12th annual and honours the memory of Bill Otway, Past President of the Family Fishing Society, and longtime champion of fishing, recreational fishing rights, hunting and the outdoors in BC. 
Each event is organized by interested groups in each community with help from the Family Fishing Society of BC. As well as encouraging youngsters to come out and fish the events are an excellent opportunity to share the importance of fish and their fragile habitat. 

The program offers two great opportunities to the public: 
Try Fishing for Free: British Columbians are invited to try fishing on June 17-19, 2011, Father’s Day Weekend, anywhere in the province or get reacquainted with a great sport. Freshwater fishing is FREE during the Family Fishing Weekend (June 17, 18 and 19, 2011 only) in many of the province’s lakes and streams. BC residents can try angling within the rules and do not need to buy or carry a freshwater or tidal fishing license. The BC Government offers a complimentary 3-day basic freshwater licence valid only for June 17, 18 and 19, 2011. 
And, NEW! Fisheries and Oceans Canada also encourages BC residents to try their hand at tidal (saltwater) fishing with a free tidal water fishing licence (certain regulations apply). 
Special Community Fishing Events: During the Father’s Day weekend BC residents can have fun by attending our popular community fishing events around the province. These events are FREE to attend and help people, particularly kids, learn about fishing, fish and conservation in a fun and relaxed environment. Expert volunteers on site help take the mystery out of the “how to” of fishing. Time and materials are provided by volunteers and companies that recognize the value of introducing young people and families to fishing and the outdoors. 
As mentioned, all the events are free and offer great opportunities to fish with loaner equipment or give-aways. For a complete list of the community fishing events visit www.bcfamilyfishing.com website events pages. 
Annually this program attracts an estimated 25,000 people who go fishing during the Family Fishing Weekend around BC and approximately 11,000 people visit our many popular community fishing events. Over the years, BC’s Family Fishing Weekend has developed into a well liked and much anticipated annual event. Be sure to visit our website at www.bcfamilyfishing.com for lots of helpful information and a free contest where you can win great prizes! 

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