The Campbell River Fish and Wildlife Club hosted a free Father’s Day fishing event on their newly-installed dock in 2016.

Family Fishing Weekend celebrates families, fishing and the great outdoors

In Campbell River, fish without a licence at the pier and Echo Lake

  • Jun. 13, 2017 8:00 a.m.

A popular Father’s Day tradition in B.C. is returning for the 18th year.

Family Fishing Weekend is a way for families to spend quality time together while enjoying a popular outdoor pastime. And, with the fishing licence requirement waived for the weekend, families get a break on the cost as well. Free events held throughout the weekend offer fishing activities for everyone ranging from those new to fishing, to families who would like a fishing basics refresher to people simply interested in joining a fun group activity.

Family Fishing Weekend events have been planned throughout Vancouver Island, including at the Campbell River Discover Pier (June 17-18), Echo Lake (June 18), Gold River’s Star Lake (June 18), and Quadra Island’s Village Bay Lake (June 17-18).

Attendees learn about fishing gear, share freshwater and saltwater fishing tips, learn about environmental stewardship and the tradition of recreational fishing. These hands-on events are designed so everyone from beginner to expert has an opportunity to catch a fish. Loaner rods, reels and tackle are provided for those who do not have their own gear.

“For many B.C. families, Family Fishing Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer,” says Family Fishing Society of BC President Wayne Saito. “A free weekend of fishing is a great way to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy sport fishing across British Columbia.”

Events are supported by the Family Fishing Society and organized by Fish and Game clubs, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the Province, the Conservation Officer Service, municipalities, community groups, and local businesses. A complete list of participating communities, locations, and event descriptions, along with step-by-step fishing instructions, can be found at Freshwater and tidal fishing regulations, including daily catch limits, always apply; details are posted at or

“We hold Family Fishing Weekend during Father’s Day weekend to offer kids, friends and families an activity they can enjoy together,” says Provincial Coordinator of the Family Fishing Society of BC, Owen Bird. “While some come to learn about fish and fishing, we also see many knowledgeable anglers who come to teach and share what they love about fishing. It’s great to see the passion for the sport being shared with the next generation.”

The Family Fishing Society of BC was established in 2001 to encourage new anglers as well as promote and coordinate Family Fishing Weekend and other angling initiatives targeted toward families and young people. This year marks the 18th year of the licence-free fishing weekend.

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