Cast a rod where nature meets skyscrapers

  • 365 fishing days every year
  • 05 minutes from downtown
  • 13 provincial and territorial fishing-friendly capitals

Grab a rod, amble an urban seawall or perch on a riverside rock and cast your line in bubbling white-water that drowns out the drone of traffic. No need to head into the wilderness - from coast to coast to coast Canada’s watery web of streams, lakes and seashores make it possible to indulge in fishing with skyscrapers as well as mountains for a backdrop. Take a break from shopping to smell the salt air angling for salmon. Wrap up that museum visit to feel the current around your hip waders as you daydream of rainbow trout. Introduce your kids to the fun of a fishing hole in a city park. Watch a prairie sunset and city lights reflect in a stream as you prowl for pike and walleye. It’s easy, nearby, and once you land that nibble it’s the ultimate locavore experience. Bond with your guides, hear their fishing tales and feel their passion about preserving our waters. Learn how limits and licences, catch-and-release and kind fishing practices keep Canada’s sport fishing stocks healthy and diverse. Then finish up at the spa or a night out on the town savouring freshly-caught seafood at everything from informal shore lunches to gourmet seafood restaurants along a twinkling skyline. 

Alberta

• Watch a prairie sunset over Calgary’s skyscrapers as you play Huck Finn casting into the Bow River for brown and rainbow trout.   

British Columbia

• Pursue a giant urban sturgeon near Vancouver in BC’s Fraser River.    • Spot bald eagles and harbour seals while on the hunt for salmon in West Vancouver.       

Manitoba

• Grab the kids and catch a catfish or learn to fish at a downtown festival where the historic Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet at The Forks in Winnipeg

Newfoundland and Labrador

• Try your hand at landing a record brown trout within shouting distance of St. Johns Harbour, then head to one of legendary George Street’s 23 pubs to celebrate with a cold brew. 

Ontario

• Wish for walleye as you angle alongside the locks of the historic Rideau Canal waterway just outside the nation’s capital of Ottawa.    • Revel in the forest solitude of Toronto’s 50 public waterways and land a trophy pike within sight of the skyline of Canada’s biggest city. 

Prince Edward Island

• Set out from Charlottetown harbour with a local fisherman to learn the tricks of lobster fishing, then boil one up for lunch. 

Quebec

• Linger over a morning café au lait and croissants, then prowl for pike, bass and walleye in waters where Voyageurs once paddled around Montréal.    • Bundle up and drop your line through a hole in a frozen river and reel up a Tommy Cod outside the fortress walls of old Québec City

Weather

• Be prepared for a wide gamut of rapidly changing weather year round, particularly in Canada’s North and on the coasts. Foggy days, no matter the season, are common on the BC and Eastern maritime coastlines.  • Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.
When to go
• Fishing is always in season in Canada, depending on what you’re looking to angle and where. • In British Columbia, the season runs year-round: Summer (June to September) for saltwater salmon, river trout and sturgeon, Fall (late August to November) for river salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, Winter (November to February) for steelhead and Spring (March to May) for spring salmon and rainbow trout. • In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the season generally opens in May and is optimal through October for northern pike, walleye, lake trout, arctic grayling, rainbow trout, brook trout and yellow perch. • In Northern Canada, the optimal months are June through August, although ice fishing under the Northern Lights is pretty spectacular. • In Newfoundland and Labrador, salmon season runs early June to mid-September. • Ice-fishing is popular in the Northern Territories, Yukon and Nunavut as well as in the Prairies and Eastern Canada, primarily January and February. Check local ice conditions before heading out. 
Need to know
• You will need a fishing license. Most provinces sell these online. Check out Canada's fishing regulations. • While there is plenty of urban fishing across the country it’s a good idea to research locals or, even better, head out with a guide familiar with the terrain.  • Bears love fish too, even in parks within city limits, so it’s important to be aware, watch out for them and not to disturb their habitat. • While you can usually rent all-weather clothing and even fishing gear in most cities, it’s always better, if possible, to bring your own.