Ontario lures anglers with free fishing week

A fisherman looks for a bite at Lake Ontario's foggy Bay of Quinte in Belleville Tuesday, May 15,...

A fisherman looks for a bite at Lake Ontario's foggy Bay of Quinte in Belleville Tuesday, May 15, 2012. (LUKE HENDRY/QMI AGENCY files)

ANTONELLA ARTUSO, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

Time to pull out the ole fishing rod.

It’s free fishing week in Ontario for all Canadian residents from July 7-15.

You won’t have to fish in your wallet to buy an Outdoors Card or, if you’re visiting from another province, a Canadian Resident Temporary Outdoors Card.

If you’re hooked, then an Outdoors Card with a one-year sport fishing licence tag will set you back $27.76.

“Ontario has beautiful lakes, streams and rivers. Whether you’ve never fished before or have been doing it for years, fishing is a wonderful way to spend some time together as a family, enjoying this province’s great outdoors,” Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle said in a statement.

The Ontario government says family fishing events are planned for towns and provincial parks across the province, including:

  • Eight urban fishing festivals in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Rock Bass Family Fishing Day on Whitefish Lake at Algonquin Provincial Park, July 7
  • Dorion Township Huck Finn Derby at the Dorion Township Recreation Centre, July 8
  • Powassan Family Fishing Derby at South Himsworth Public Beach, July 9
  • Hamilton Bass Master’s 1st Annual Kids Fishing Derby in Christie’s Conservation Area, Dundas, July 14
  • The 16th Annual Dorset Kids Fish Derby, July 15

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