Fishing Forever

Fishing is for everyone

Making the outdoors accessible

Fishing is a skill that can be learned and enjoyed by anyone. Through the Fishing Forever program, the BC Wildlife Federation helps spread the message that if you have a disability you can still get out and enjoy what nature can offer, though it may require some help you didn’t need before. The Fishing Forever program provides an opportunity where people with disabilities can learn, or continue, to fish and enjoy the outdoors.

About the program

Fishing Forever has been inspiring communities since 1989, when the idea of the project was first put forward by broadcast journalist, Walt Liimatainen. Since then, the dedicated clubs of the BC Wildlife Federation, volunteers and sponsors have spent many a day outdoors helping those who may need a little extra help to learn how to fish and enjoy the natural offerings around them.

2019 Fishing Forever Events

Every year, BCWF affiliated clubs host Fishing Forever events across BC. Here is a list of the 2019 events!

May 11, 2019 - Lumby

Hosted by Lumby & District Wildlife Association

Location: Mable lake Provincial Park

Contact: Peter Aussem

May 24, 2019 - Parksville-Qualicum

Hosted by the Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game Association

Location: Coombs Campground

Contact: Jamie Sudyko or call at 250-240-2530

June 1, 2019 - Nanaimo

Hosted by Nanaimo Fish & Game Club

Location: 1325 Nanaimo Lakes Rd.

Contact: Fred Adkins

June 1 - 2, 2019 - Abbotsford

Hosted by Lower Mainland Region BCWF

Location: Freshwater Fisheries Hatchery, Abbotsford, BC

Contact: Aurora Sekela

June 3 - 7, 2019 - Courtenay

Hosted by the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association

Location: Courtenay Fish & Game Clubhouse

Contact: Jan MacKenzie

June 8, 2019 - Osoyoos

In partnership with Accessible Okanagan

Location: Strohmann’s Pond

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

June 8, 2019 - Prince George

Hosted by Polar Coachmen Flyfishers Association

Location: Ferguson Lake, Prince George

Contact: Brian Smith

June 8, 2019 - Vernon

Hosted by Vernon Fish & Game Club

Location: Okanagan Lake

Contact: Brain Stacey or Alison Stacey

June 10, 2019 - Smithers

Hosted by Bulkley Valley Rod & Gun Club

Location: Smithers Landing, Babine Lake

Contact: Fay VanHorn or call at 250-847-9539

June 10 - 13, 2019 - Courtenay

Hosted by Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association.
This Fishing Forever event will also include a TrailRider outdoor experience.

Location: Courtenay Fish & Game Clubhouse

Contact: Jan MacKenzie

June 15, 2019 - Vanderhoof

Hosted by Vanderhoof Fish & Game Club

Location: Nulki lake, South of Vanderhoof

Contact: Ray Klinspohn or call Dan Patten at 250-567-2496, or Randy Springer at 250-567-9693

June 15, 2019 - Vernon

Youth Fishing Event hosted by the Vernon Fish & Game Club

Location: Okanagan Lake

Contact: Brian Stacey or Alison Stacey

June 15, 2019 - Nelson

Hosted by Nelson and District Rod & Gun Club

Location: Cottonwood Lake

Contact: Richard Green

June 16, 2019 - Nelson

Family Fishing Day hosted by Nelson and District Rod & Gun Club

Location: Cottonwood Lake

Contact: Richard Green

June 16, 2019 - Williams Lake

Hosted by Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association

Location: Biffs Pond

Contact: Wayne Biffert or call 250-392-7460

We need your support

Fishing Forever relies heavily on its volunteers, clubs and sponsors to help deliver this amazing program. If you would like to join in on the fun please get in touch.

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