“Fishing on the Fraser” is a partnership program with the Sapperton Fish and Game Club. It’s a way for people to connect with the river in a very fundamental way as it has been an important river for both food and transportation. Sarad Renyard, a Recreation Leader at the Queensborough Community Centre started the first session last year and hopes to have an opportunity for 50+ fishers to teach and mentor kids and families on how to fish along the Fraser River.
“I was introduced to fishing at a young age and it has been something I enjoy and something that I think people should have the chance to experience,” says Renyard.
The program provides an outdoor recreational opportunity in an urban setting, and it is free thanks to a sponsorship by Family Fishing Weekend BC in terms of rods, reels and tackle. The City of New Westminster ran a fishing program earlier this year on Father’s Day weekend in the Sapperton area and it returns due to popular demand. This time the event is at Queensborough, at the Port Royal Beach on August 21 and 24 from 2pm to 6pm. They are looking for both mentors to teach fishing and also students to learn! This event is good for all ages though you need to get a fresh water license if you’re over 16 beforehand, and Renyard says he’s more than happy to help. Contact him at 604-525-7388.