Free fishing and park use this weekend across Ontario in celebration of Fathers Day

TORONTO — This weekend, in celebration of Fathers Day, families across Ontario will be able to enjoy some can enjoy fishing without having to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card.

“Whether you’re new to fishing or it’s something you already do as a family, free fishing on Father’s Day weekend provides a fun and safe way to bond with your family,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “This is a great way for families to enjoy one of Ontario’s greatest natural resources, our beautiful and abundant lakes, rivers and streams.”

“Spending quality time with your family is always gift and experiencing our great local fishing and nearby provincial parks is a good place to kick back and relax,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “Happy Father’s Day to all of our great dads.”

The province is also offering free day-use permits at more than 100 Ontario Parks on Sunday, June 20, 2021. To guarantee access to 17 select popular provincial parks, book a daily vehicle permit in advance of your visit. Please visit for more information and a list of participating parks.

“Ontario Parks offer so many opportunities for families to be together, get active and take in the fresh air, and we are happy to provide another affordable way to do that with free day-use this Father’s Day,” said Minister Jeff Yurek. “I encourage all families to take advantage of the great weather and celebrate the day, while also being responsible and continuing to follow all public health advice, including physical distancing.”

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