GATINEAU, QC, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ministère des Ressources
naturelles et de la Faune, along with its partners, invites the Outaouais
region public to experience the pleasures of ice fishing in Jacques Cartier
Park, Gatineau (Hull sector), on February 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2009. This event
is part of the Winterlude Festival, which will take place from February 6 to
    During these two weekends, everyone is welcome to try their hand at
fishing through the ice for rainbow trout or brook trout. No licence is
required and the activity is free of charge. Catches will be limited to two
fish per person, so that everyone has a chance to try their hand at this
fun-filled activity.
    Introductory sessions for children aged 8 to 12 will be held on February
6, 7 and 8, 2009. The February 6 sessions are reserved for students from
schools in the region. Teachers are invited to sign up their class for one of
the three sessions prior to February 4 by calling Mr. Jean Provost from the
Regional Wildlife Department at 819 772-3434, ext.255.
    Training sessions will also be offered for 8 to 12 year-olds on February
7 and 8 at 10 a.m., midday and 2 p.m. Parents are asked to register their
children ahead of time, by calling Ms Linda Labonté from the Regional Wildlife
Department at 819 772-3434, ext. 201, before February 4. Please note that the
number of places available is limited.
    Young participants who are residents of Québec will receive a "Young
Angler's" certificate that will allow them to practise sport fishing in Québec
without a licence, for all species except Atlantic salmon, until their 18th
birthday. Non-residents will receive a certificate attesting to the fact that
they have successfully completed the training. All registered participants
will receive a fishing rod and some useful accessories.

    The Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune thanks its
partners, namely the National Capital Commission, the Conseil régional de
l'environnement et du développement durable de l'Outaouais (CREDDO), the City
of Gatineau, Aînés en santé, the Association provinciale des trappeurs
indépendants- Conseil Outaouais, and the many volunteers and fishing
enthusiasts who have come together to make this event possible.

    Source:                                 Information:

    Eric Santerre                           Catherine Rooney
    Media Relations Officer                 Direction générale de l'Outaouais
    Direction des communications            Ministère des Ressources
    Ministère des Ressources                naturelles et de la Faune
    naturelles et de la Faune               (819) 772-3487, ext. 249
    (418) 627-8609, ext. 3003
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For further information:

For further information: Catherine Rooney, Direction générale de
l'Outaouais, Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, (819)
772-3487, ext. 249; Source: Eric Santerre, Media Relations Officer, Direction
des communications, Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, (418)
627-8609, ext. 3003

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