Journey to Ottawa for its debut Fishing Festival this summer
- Travel News
- Thursday, 31 May 2012 18:21
If travellers can think of nothing more relaxing than casting out a line and experience a big catch, they may want to make plans to take tours of Ottawa this summer and experience the city's first Fishing Festival. Although the sport of fishing will be the main focus of the occasion, travellers with various interests will find things to experience and enjoy during the special weekend that promises to be one of the best event of the summer.
On July 14 and 15, all kinds of fish-themed activities will take place along the Angels of Hope shoreline and in the surrounding athletic fields of Brewer Park. According to the event's official Facebook page, the dates were chosen to coincide with the Ontario License Free Fishing Weekend, so all guests can participate without having to pay additional fees or register their rod.
"Fishing is a great source of relaxation with that bit of excitement when you catch the big one," said Dr. Ben Fong, head organiser and idea man for the event. “We are trying to bring fishing to a younger generation. It’s a way to bring the family together."
The activities for children and teenagers will be a big part of the Fishing Festival's main draw. Dr. Fong and his crew have created several stations within the park to teach kids fishing skills, how to stay safe and have fun. Some of the things to do include carnival rides, an inflatable obstacle course, a minnow race and a version of "fishing golf." Children from the area will also take part in a martial arts demonstration that all can attend.
However, all people can get in on the excitement of the main event, where fishermen and women are encouraged to try to catch "the big one." Whoever's fish is deemed the largest that is caught along the Angels of Hope shoreline will take home a pontoon boat valued at $15,000.
To get ready for the contest, attendees can check out the fishing lesson seminars offered by professional anglers. After the fish have been caught, there will be seafood cooking presentations so travellers can sample some of the fresh, local culinary delights prepared by resident chefs.
These types of festivals happening in Canada's capital this summer are ideal for families that want to spend time together on holiday learning new things and spending time outdoors in this vibrant locale.