This article is part 2 of 6 of our “Escape the City” series, presented with SAIL – your outdoor equipment store.

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Did you know that families in Ontario can fish over Father’s Day weekend without buying a fishing licence?

Four times a year, Canadian residents can fish in Ontario without buying a fishing licence. It’s a great time to get outside and try something new!

Fishing is easy to learn, is practised almost anywhere, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. It’s also a great way to get kids problem-solving and to connect them with the environment.

You don’t need to travel far to find great fishing spots in the Toronto & GTA area. In fact, city fishing is great for families with young children. You’ll find many plentiful, fun-to-catch species like sunfish, carp, and catfish in many public ponds, rivers, marshes and lakes in the area.

Here’s where you can fish in Toronto and the GTA:


  • Along the Lake Ontario waterfront
  • At the Toronto Islands, a ferry ride from downtown Toronto
  • From your own boat or fishing charter on Lake Ontario


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Halton Region

      • Burns Conservation Area: Twiss Rd. and #10 Sideroad
      • Bronte Harbour Park: Lakeshore Rd. W. at Bronte Rd.
      • Tannery Park: Chisholm St., south of Lakeshore Rd. E.


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York Region

  • Musselman’s Lake: Hwy. 48 and Aurora Rd.


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Durham Region

  • Wilmot Creek: creek crossing at Hwy. 2
  • Wilmot Creek: downstream of Hwy. 401 railway crossing
  • Kendal Crown Property: Regional Road 9, east of Hwy. 35/115
  • Joe Fowler Memorial Park: Port Perry off Water St.
  • Trent Canal: Gambridge Lock 41 under Hwy. 12 bridge
  • Nonquon River: between 8th and 12th Concession
  • Bowmanville Harbour Conservation Area: Liberty St., south of Hwy. 401
  • Bowmanville Valley Conservation Area: Roenick St., south of Hwy. 2
  • Heber Down Conservation Area: Regional Rd. 23 and Hwy. 12 N. of Taunton Rd.
  • Lynde Shores Conservation Area: Brock St. south of Hwy. 401
  • Oshawa Valleylands Conservation Area: Simcoe St., south of Hwy 401, west to Whiting Ave.

The experts at SAIL say: Trying fishing with kids for the first time? Keep it simple. A rod and some small soft lures are all you need to get started without breaking the bank. Find everything you need with our Starter Kits.


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Wherever your adventure takes you, make sure you’re equipped with the right gear. Visit your local SAIL store for all your outdoor needs.

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