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 B.C. 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 B.C. 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.

Upcoming Fishing Forever Events

Every year, BCWF affiliated clubs host Fishing Forever events across B.C. Here is a list of our upcoming events!

Abbotsford — June 2 & 3

Hosted by: Lower Mainland Region of the BCWF

Location: Freshwater Fisheries Hatchery

Contact: Rob Moynahan or Chris Albrecht (E: fishingforeverLM@gmail.com)

Campbell River — June 3 & 4

Hosted by: Campbell River Fish and Wildlife Club

Location: Echo Lake

Contact: Doug Phyall (E: dphyall@shaw.ca)

Courtenay — June 5-9 & June 12-16

Hosted by: Courtenay & District Fish & Game Protective Association

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Courtenay Fish & Game Clubhouse

Contact: Farley Lock (E:farleylock@courtenayfishandgame.org)

Nanaimo — May 2023, TBA

Hosted by: Nanaimo Fish & Game Club

Location: 1325 Nanaimo Lakes Road.

Contact: John T. Noble (E: jnobby@shaw.ca)

Nelson — June 17 & 18

Hosted by: Nelson District Rod & Gun Club

Location: Cottonwood Lake

Contact: Richard Green (E:richardfhgreen@gmail.com)

North Okanagan — May 13

Hosted by: Lumby & District Wildlife Association

Location: Mable Lake Provincial Park

Contact: Dwayne Hackett (E: drrkh4@gmail.com)

Osoyoos — June 9, 10, & 11

Hosted by: Accessible Okanagan

Location: Owls Roost Cabins, 950 Nine Mile Place, Osoyoos B.C.

Contact: Michael Stiles (E: mrstiles@telus.net)

Parksville-Qualicum — June 2023, TBA

Hosted by: Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game Association

Location: TBA

Contact: Jamie Sudyko (E: jamiesudyko@hotmail.com)

Prince George — Tentatively May 13 & June 10

Hosted by: Polar Coachman Flyfishers Associated

Location: Eena Lake, Prince George

Contact: Brian Smith (E: flyfishingnut47@gmail.com)

Smithers — June 2023, TBA

Hosted by: Bulkley Valley Rod & Gun Club

Location: Tukii Lodge on Babine Lake

Contact: Fay VanHorn (E:telkwatofsrud1@gmail.com)

Vernon — June 2023, TBA

Hosted by: Vernon Fish & Game Club

Location: TBA

Contact: Randy Meier (E: antelopekid@shaw.ca)

Williams Lake — June 2023, TBA

Hosted by: Biff’s Ponds

Location: Biff’s Ponds, Williams Lake

Contact: Wayne Biffert (E: wbiffert@outlook.com)

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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