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Useful Information - Fishing

If you have any questions, wish to learn more about hunting regulations or would you like a few practical tips, this section can provide you with the answers you seek and direct you to related sites.

To see the fishing regulations in effect in Quebec, contact your outfitter or visit the Web site of the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des ParcsThis link will open in a new window (Ministry of Forest, Wildlife and Parks) where you will find a host of information on fishing seasons, the provincial fishing zone map and recent regulation amendments. An overview of the regulations is presented below:

Fishing Licenses
There are three types of licensesThis link will open in a new window in Quebec:

  • Fishing license for species other than salmon or monkfish
  • Salmon fishing license
  • Monkfish fishing license

All residents and non-residents must obtain a sport fishing license to practice this activity in Quebec. The spouse and children under age 18 of a holder of a fishing license for species other than salmon or monkfish may fish without having their own license. A license holder must keep bring the license with him or her when fishing and must present it to a wildlife officer or assistant wildlife officer upon request.

A fishing license may be obtained from official license vendors, such as certain sports stores, hardware stores, corner stores or authorized outfitters.

For the cost of a fishing licenseThis link will open in a new window or for any other information on the subject, see the Web site of the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des ParcsThis link will open in a new window.

Catch Limits
There are catch limitsThis link will open in a new window to respect: daily quota, number of fish kept and fish size. The daily quota represents the maximum number of fish that can be caught by a license holder in a single day. The limit on the number of fish kept represents the number of fish that a holder may have in his or her possession at any one time, such as on his or her return from a fishing trip. Size limits are imposed on certain species of fish. All fish caught and kept by the spouse and/or children under age 18 of a license holder are included in the holder’s allowable catch limit.

Transporting Fish
Lors du transport, les poissons doivent toujours être conservés dans un état qui permet l’identification de l’espèce, le décompte total et l’évaluation de la longueur. La vente de prises est formellement interdite. Les pêcheurs désirant rapporter avec eux leurs prises doivent respecter la limite de possession.

Fishing Zones
Quebec is divided into 29 fishing zonesThis link will open in a new window. Some regulations apply to all zones, while certain species-specific regulations apply to only a few zones.

Useful Information - Hunting

If you have any questions, wish to learn more about hunting regulations or would you like a few practical tips, this section can provide you with the answers you seek and direct you to related sites.

To view the hunting regulations in effect in Quebec, contact your outfitter or visit the Web site of the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des ParcsThis link will open in a new window (Ministry of Forest, Wildlife and Parks) where you will find a host of information on hunting seasons, zone map and recent regulation amendments. An overview of the regulations is presented below:

Hunting License
Anyone who wishes to go hunting in Quebec needs a hunting license. Hunters must have their license with them while hunting. The hunting licenseThis link will open in a new window must be presented upon request to a wildlife officer or assistant wildlife officer. The license holder must sign his or her license.

The resident's hunting licenseThis link will open in a new window is issued to any person residing in Quebec who holds a valid hunter's certificateThis link will open in a new window. A certificate is not required to hunt hares, eastern cottontails, leopard frogs, green frogs and bullfrogs. Anyone wishing to hunt migratory birds must obtain two licenses: the the migratory bird licenseThis link will open in a new window available at the post office or onlineThis link will open in a new window, and the small game hunting license. However, special terms and conditions apply for those who purchase an introductory licenseThis link will open in a new window.

Anyone wishing to purchase a non-resident hunting licenseThis link will open in a new window must reside outside Quebec and be 12 years of age or older.

The Ministry has several options to make hunting in Quebec enjoyable for the whole family.

A hunting license may be obtained from official license vendors, such as certain sports stores, hardware stores, corner stores or authorized outfitters. For the costThis link will open in a new window of a hunting license or for any other information on the subject, see the Web site of the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des ParcsThis link will open in a new window.

Other Rules
You should be aware of the rules for bag limits and transporting, registering and exporting bagged big game animals. What should you do if you make an accidental kill? Is it legal to shoot a weapon from public roads or to go night hunting? What vehicles and watercraft can be used on hunting trips? How can a person with a disability obtain a hunting license? Other rules for hunting in Quebec pertain to such topics as ammunition, hunting with dogs and the wearing of an orange safety vest. Consult the Web site of the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des ParcsThis link will open in a new window for these informations.

Hunting Zones
Quebec is divided into 29 zonesThis link will open in a new window, 28 of which are hunting zones. Each zone has its own requirements pertaining to ownership of the hunting grounds, the species living there, hunting seasons and bag limits.

Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft

Wondering if you need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly referred to as a boat license, to rent a motorized boat from an outfitter?

Navigating on the water requires a basic knowledge of boating safety and a good understanding of the "rules of the road" for Canadian waterways. That's why all operators of pleasure craft must carry proof of competency. This requirement applies to all types of motorized vessels, regardless of size or engine power (including small electrically powered vessels).

Which types of proof of competency are accepted?

For Canadians: proof of competency can take one of four forms:

  1. Proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999; or
  2. A pleasure Craft Operator Card (issued by a Transport Canada accredited course Provider). American cards are NOT accepted as proof of competency for Canadian citizens; or
  3. A complete rental boat safety checklist (for power-driven rental boats).
  4. A specified marine certificate – visit www.tc.gc.ca/boatingsafety for the approved list.

For non-residents, proof of competency can take one of three forms:

  1. An operator card or equivalent which meets the requirements of their state or country; or
  2. A pleasure Craft Operator Card (issued by an accredited Canadian Course Provider); or
  3. A completed rental boat safety (for power-driven rental boats).
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Travelling to an outfitter in a COVID-19 context

Outfitters are committed to ensuring the health and safety of their employees and clients. For this reason, all member outfitters respect the sanitary measures recommended by the Quebec Public Health. To learn about the different directives in effect, visit quebec.caThis link will open in a new window where the information is updated regularly.