The Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival is more than just a fishing derby. It is a chance for families, friends and visitors to get together and have an enjoyable time, taking part in a great variety of activities over several days. It is also the longest continuously running event along the north shore of Lake Superior.
What makes the event more than a fishing derby? Follow the parade that begins in downtown Nipigon and finishes at the arena. While you’re at the arena, make sure you enjoy the booths, raffles, food, entertainment and prizes. If you feel like getting some fresh air you can go outside and watch a baseball game, take in the antique car display, participate in races or test your skills in the Firemen’s Challenge. If you need a chance to relax, come on over to the curling club and see some fish being entered. Later in the afternoon, you can grab something to eat at several locations and take in the dance if you like. The Schedule Page on the event website, www.fallfishingfestival.ca provides a listing of events during the festival.
The different activities offered are intended to cover all age ranges so everyone can have fun while participating in the events.
If you are a competitive fisherman, show off your skills be entering the one day Competitive Salmon Derby. Cash prizes are offered for the three heaviest salmon.
If you are a more relaxed fisherman who likes to spend some quiet time with friends or your children, why not enter the 3-Day Family and/or the one day Huck Finn Derby? Just entering a fish could give you bragging rights for a year and get you a great prize!
All Family and Huck Finn derby prizes are awarded by luck of the draw. Why? It was never the intent of the festival to compete with other competitive fishing derbies in the area. We encourage husbands and wives or husbands, wives, sons and daughters to participate as a family.
The Festival Committee functions as a non-profit organization. It organizes this annual event to assist local volunteer and non-profit organizations such as school breakfast programs, Sea Cadets, Scouts, several hospital programs, Nipigon Elks and the Nipigon Curling Club. Over a quarter million dollars have been raised and distributed by the committee alone over the past 10 years.