Fishing is a great pastime for all ages. It teaches patience, it’s fantastic for gross and fine motor skills development, it connects you with the environment, and it’s a ton of fun. But with so many lakes, streams, and rivers in Metro Vancouver, it can be hard to decide where to set up your fishing rod. To get you started, here are five great places to fish with kids in Metro Vancouver.
700 Gatensbury Street, Coquitlam
Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery stocks Como Lake with thousands of rainbow trout every spring and fall, so fish are abundant. You can fish from shore or from one of the two docks that are easily accessible off of the main walking path.
Pinetree Way & Guildford Way, Coquitlam
You can fish year-round at Lafarge Lake, a great little lake in the heart of Coquitlam, steps from the new Skytrain Evergreen Line. You’ll find tons of rainbow trout thanks to regular stockings. Here you can fish from shore, accessed from the nature trail that loops around the lake.
Lillooet Road, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver
Rice Lake in North Vancouver’s Seymour Conservation Reserve is a great place to take kids to fish. The dock is the most popular place to fish on the lake, but it is about a 10-minute walk from the parking lot, so keep that in mind if you’ve got really young anglers with you. There are picnic and washroom facilities at Rice Lake too, making it a great spot to spend the day.
Green Timbers Lake
Fraser Highway & 96th Avenue, Surrey
You’ll have fun fishing year round for trout at Green Timbers Lake in Surrey. You can even fish in the winter, as long as the lake isn’t frozen. Be sure to head to the north or south end of the lake for the best fishing spots from shore. It’s a short five-minute walk from the parking lot to the lake, so it’s a great kid-friendly spot to try angling for the first time.
Mike Lake Road, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Maple Ridge
Mike Lake is located in Golden Ears Park in Maple Ridge. You can fish from the new fishing dock, located just down a path from the parking lot. You’ll find both rainbow and cutthroat trout in abundance. The dock tends to fill up quickly, so make sure you arrive early.
You can head out on your own with your kids to any of these great fishing spots, or if you want to get some insider’s tips and learn the ins and outs of fishing, find an event near you on BC’s Family Fishing Weekend. From June 15th – 17th, 2018, you can fish in freshwater without a license and attend awesome community events.
Give fishing with your family a try — you might just get hooked.
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By: Michelle Hughes