Ontario North of Toronto………….February 2009. This winter has been one for the record books in Ontario, with lots of snow and very cold temperatures. Even though it is tempting to hibernate, getting outside and connecting with nature is good exercise, great fun, and a sure cure for the winter blues. Ontario Family Fishing Weekend (O.F.F.W.) is perfectly timed to offer families a day of winter fishing, with events planned across the province. Many Ontario resort destinations around the province are hosting events with many accommodation properties offering family getaway packages. There are more than 15 resorts, lodges, inns, hotels who are offering up ice fishing packages.
From Saturday, February 14, through Monday, February 16, which is Family Day in Ontario, Canadian residents can fish licence-free anywhere that the Ontario Fishing Regulations allow. To make it even easier for novice anglers, O.F.A.H. member clubs, hockey teams and a variety of other clubs and organizations are planning local fishing events.
This is the third year for the winter version of the popular Ministry of Natural Resources program that is run by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters with help from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association. The summer version of the family fishing weekend is now in its seventeenth year.
There is still time for organizations to get involved and host an event. You can register your event free on the O.F.F.W. website, and O.F.F.W. organizers are available with some helpful tips to get you started. To view the lineup of fishing events and find out how to participate in an O.F.F.W. event, visit www.familyfishingweekend.com
With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 655 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org
Most Ontario resort destinations have access to the thousands of lakes and streams that bless the Province of Ontario with an array of family fishing locations.