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June 7, 2004
Going fishing on the Toronto Islands
The Toronto Island Park, one of the jewels of the waterfront parks system, is
open for fishing all season long. The islands are just a short ferry ride away
from the heart of downtown.

The Toronto Islands make superb fishing grounds. The channels and lagoons are
connected to Lake Ontario providing several kilometres of shoreline and a
variety of fish that move in and out of the waters, continually replenishing
the fish population.

There are over 15 types of fish to be caught from the Islands, including: Carp,
Yellow Perch, Largemouth, Smallmouth and Rock Bass, Bluegill and Pumpkinseed
Sunfish, Crappie and Catfish.

The Island Boathouse will soon have everything the public needs for fishing
such as fishing licenses, worms and fishing rods. The Boathouse also rents
canoes and paddleboats.

"There is a wonderful variety of fishing opportunities right here in Toronto,
and it all begins at the Toronto Islands," said Natural Resources Minister,
David Ramsay. "Fishing is an affordable, accessible and fun activity for the
whole family and through our Urban Fishing program we will encourage more
people, young and old, to discover the joys of fishing close to home."

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for issuing fishing

July 11 is Family Fishing Day. Since it coincides with Family Fishing Weekend,
no fishing licenses are required for Canadian residents.

"Fishing is just one of the activities to try on the Toronto Islands," said
Brenda Librecz, Acting General Manager of Toronto Parks and Recreation. "There
is also tennis, hiking, biking, boating, frisbee golf, rollerblading, climbing,
rowing and swimming. There are also places to picnic, attractions such as
Centreville Amusement Park and seasonal events like the Dragon Boat Races and
the Harvest Festival."

Toronto Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources, Ontario Tourism, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the
Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers to promote the Toronto Islands as a
premier destination.

For more information on Toronto Parks and Recreation call, 416-392-1111 or

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