The Friends of Petrie Island (FOPI) are a volunteer, nonprofit group formed in 1998 to ensure that the islands are managed in an environmentally sound manner. Under an agreement with the City of Ottawa, the group maintains the walking trails and picnic area and operates the Nature Interpretive Centre, as well as providing excellent and affordable educational day programs for youth. Thank you for your support!
Petrie Island 2016 Updates
Hours of operation: Petrie Island is now open daily from 5am to 9pm and the Friends of Petrie Island Nature Center is now open daily from 10am-8pm! Parking fees are in effect beginning June 1st.
Rules: We ask that all visitors abide by all of the following rules when visiting the island:
- No dogs are allowed at any location on the island
- No alcoholic beverages are permitted
- Please stay on the marked nature trails
- Please do not pick or disturb any wild animals or plants
- No charcoal barbecues are permitted
Attention Summer Camps!
Looking for a fun and educational field trip? Take your group on an adventure to Petrie Island to enjoy a morning or afternoon of the great outdoors! We offer tours of the island and nature center, scavenger hunts and ecological games. We can accommodate any topic in your curriculum, at a cost of 4$ per student. Please see our programs section for more details, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Were you a member last year, or do you enjoy spending time on the island? It’s time to purchase your membership! Your money goes towards conservation efforts and educational programs. Not only this, but it gives you access to regular newsletters, access to member-only events, discounts and more! For more information, please visit our get involved page.
We will be holding two Membership Open Houses on June 11th and June 19th, starting at 10:00am. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our programs, sign up for membership and children’s programs and meet other members! You will also get the chance to learn more about the Petrie Island Canoe Club and Ottawa Riverkeeper.
If your group is interested in volunteering at the island, please consider arranging a cleanup with us! They’re fun and easy, and they help us out tremendously. We would also like to note that Petrie Island would love to welcome you at ANY time to help us clean up. Whether you’re by yourself, or in a small or large group, come to the center to collect a garbage bag and gloves, and we will direct you to optimal locations.
We will be continuing to run our children programs this year, covering topics such as frogs, turtles, mammals, bugs and more! Both our Junior Naturalist (Ages 2-5) and our Youth Naturalist (Ages 6-12) programming will be beginning in early July. We are now accepting pre-registrations for these programs. For more information, please visit our Children’s Nature Programs page.
Friends of Petrie Island Donor 2015:
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