A 20-year-old tradition will continue to help grow families in the Cariboo as they increasingly embrace the great outdoors as part of quality time together.
Timed to coincide with Father’s Day, Family Fishing Weekend events are taking place June 15-17 throughout B.C.
In Northern B.C., participants have a choice of eight special events combining fishing, learning and socializing.
They will join an estimated 40,000 participants across the province planning to enjoy Family Fishing Weekend independently or as part of an organized event.
In the Cariboo, both Alexis Creek and Williams Lake have fishing destinations participating.
On June 17, Two Lakes in Alexis Creek and Biff’s Ponds in Williams Lake will take part in Family Fishing Weekend.
The annual weekend began with a dozen events focused in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan and has grown to offer events in nearly every corner of the province.
Participation in Family Fishing Weekend events is free, and hands-on tutorials will be available for beginners or those looking for a refresher.
Loaner rods, reels and tackle are provided for those who do not have their own gear. The events also offer opportunities to learn about fishing gear, share freshwater and saltwater fishing tips, learn about environmental stewardship and the tradition of recreational fishing.
Fishing licence requirements are waived for the weekend, meaning Canadian residents can fish licence free over the three days, although some requirements remain in effect. Details are posted on the BC Family Fishing website and the Fishers and Oceans website.
“Co-ordinating events over the Father’s Day weekend is an opportunity to remind people fishing is often a social activity,” said Family Fishing Society of BC president Wayne Saito. “It’s not only the solitary angler casting on a lake. It’s a way to spend quality time with other people in the outdoors.
“We see all generations at Family Fishing Weekend events from the very young who will be holding a rod for the first time to parents and grandparents proudly sharing their own fishing tips and techniques with the next generation.”
Events are supported by the Family Fishing Society and organized by fish and game clubs, the Conservation Officer Service, municipalities, community groups and local businesses.
“Family Fishing Weekend is an ideal time to get set for the fishing season ahead,” said provincial co-ordinator of the Family Fishing Society of BC, Jessica Yarwood. “If a lack of experience or a lack of gear has been making someone hesitant we invite them to come to one of our events and give it a try. They may discover their new favourite sport.”
The Family Fishing Society of BC was established in 2001 to encourage new anglers, as well as promote and co-ordinate Family Fishing Weekend and other angling initiatives targeted toward families and young people.