Learn to Fish

Have you always wanted to go fishing but don’t know how? Join us at Tommy Thompson Park or Heart Lake Conservation Park for the Learn to Fish program — a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know to have a safe and fun fishing experience.

young anglers show off their catch at Heart Lake Conservation Park

Check Upcoming Events and Register Online


Check the registration links above for upcoming Learn to Fish program dates and times.


Please contact learntofish@trca.ca.

About Learn to Fish

Learn to Fish program

The Government of Ontario’s Learn to Fish program teaches people the art of angling in a way that aligns with conservation ideals.

Instructors introduce equipment and how to use it properly, and impart the lessons of sustainable fishing through the practice of catch-and-release.

This approach allows for the enjoyment of fishing, while at the same time supporting the goal of conserving and protecting fish populations.

Learn to Fish classes are offered throughout the summer at TRCA’s Heart Lake Conservation Park (10818 Heart Lake Road, Brampton) and Tommy Thompson Park (1 Leslie Street, Toronto).

All required equipment will be provided. Participants are able to fish on the day of their event without a license but must follow all Ontario fishing regulations.

young angler proudly displays his catch at Heart Lake Conservation Park
members of young family go fishing at Heart Lake Conservation Park
young couple learn to fish at Heart Lake Conservation Park

Program Information

  • Participation in the program is free and equipment is provided; however, fees to enter Heart Lake Conservation Park apply.
  • Sessions run rain or shine, but are subject to cancellation.
  • Maximum participation per session is 30 people.
  • The recommended age for participation is 6 and up.
  • The program runs a full two hours and is not a drop-in program. Please be sure to arrive five minutes prior to your scheduled program time to ensure check-in. Participants who arrive late MAY be denied access to the program due to health and safety considerations.

TRCA and Fishing

two young men fishing at Heart Lake Conservation Area

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) prides itself on offering limitless opportunities for people to get out into nature — for fun, for exercise, for family time, and for greater well-being of body, mind, and spirit.

TRCA encourages everyone to enjoy our greenspaces, parks, and conservation areas — and fishing is one of many popular activities that bring people outdoors.

Learn more about fishing at TRCA properties.