Canadian Fishing License Fees for Quetico Park

Ed caught a small mouth bass while on a fishing trip to Quetico Park.
Looking to have fun fishing in Quetico Park? Need to draw from a Quetico Outfitter’s expertise? Great! Seagull Outfitters can help! We’ll help you get ready for your canoe trip, plus give you tips to get the most of out Quetico fishing.

For the most up-to-date information on fishing in Canada, use this page:
Ontario Fishing Information

Non-Canadian Residents Fishing License Fees

License   Cost
Outdoors Card (prerequisite to obtain Canadian fishing license) $8.57
Annual Sport Fishing License $80.19
Annual Conservation Fishing License $50.71
8-Day Sport Fishing License $52.38
8-Day Conservation Fishing License (most popular with Quetico paddlers) $30.52
1-Day Sport Fishing License $23.01

*Ontario fishing license fees last updated 2021.

Sorry, but we do not sell Ontario fishing licenses in our store on Seagull Lake. You may purchase your licenses in-person at the Cache Bay Ranger station, or you can purchase them beforehand online at at your convenience. We recommend purchasing them in advance to save time at the ranger station… you’ll be eager to get out on the water!

For a complete list of season dates, fish species limits, gear and bait restrictions, and all other regulations for fishing in Quetico Park, visit the Ontario Fishing Regulations.

Quetico Fishing and a Nice Smallmouth caughtOr better yet: Download/Print the Quetico (Ontario Zone 5,6) Fishing Regulations or get the PDF. This is only the info that relates to the Quetico Park, and skip all the other mumbo jumbo.

Quetico Park Rules

Effective in 2008: Live bait and leaded jig heads are NOT allowed in the Quetico Park and barbless hooks are required. There are no exceptions! You are allowed to clip the barbs as you use them. A great alternative to live bait is Berkeley GULP. We supply both unleaded jig heads and Berkeley GULP in our store. If you have questions while you’re here, ask our outfitters.

Non-Canadian residents need an Outdoors Card to fish in Ontario if they are 18 years of age and over. (NOTE: Non-residents 65 years of age or older are not exempt from requiring a license). The sportfishing license tag (one year or eight-day) or the conservation fishing license tag (one year or eight-day) accompanies the plastic Outdoors Card.

If you have never had an Outdoors Card, you can purchase a “Non-Canadian Resident Temporary Fishing Outdoors Card and Application” from one of more than 1,800 license issuers across the province. The Non-Canadian Resident Temporary Fishing Outdoors Card and Application does not include the fishing license tag. The fishing license tag will be a separate paper permit.

The temporary Outdoors Card and paper license are effective immediately. Your plastic Outdoors Card will be mailed to you by year-end, and is valid for three calendar years (including the year of purchase).A young boy catches a Northern Pike on Seagull Lake in the BWCA.

Non-Canadian resident hunters can also fish under the authority of their Outdoor Card (fishing/hunting version) with the appropriate fishing license tag.

You can also get more information on the Outdoors Card by calling the Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011. This toll-free number works from all of North America, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

  • Conservation licenses are fishing licenses with reduced limits on walleye, sauger, large and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, Northern pike, crappie, and lake trout.
  • Sportfishing licenses allow a higher possession limit on the fish mentioned above.

The information above is compiled from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website. Information on fishing in Quetico Provincial Park is accessible by reading the regulations for Division 32 as well as the Border Waters Area in the regulations booklet and is visible on Map E.

Before you visit Quetico

Ensure you and every member of your party take time to fully understand the Quetico Park rules and fines. Visit the page to understand everything from alcohol possession, to how to handle garbage and waste, to failure to restore your campsite, to leash laws/pet control while visiting the park.

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