Licenses are required for fishing in fresh or saltwater, crabbing, or shellfish harvesting. In downtown Vancouver fishing licenses can be purchased at The Bay department-store, sports section (on the corner of Granville and Georgia) or at the Army and Navy department store in the combat zone between Gastown and Chinatown. Outside of the city most sporting goods shops sell licenses. Proceeds go towards management of Canada’s fisheries resources.
The fines for fishing without a license, over-harvesting or disregarding size limits are very hefty and most Canadians support even more egregious enforcement.