Friends of Petrie Island

Nature Interpretive Centre 2014

The Nature centre can be opened anytime during the season, (May 1 to end of Oct) for interested groups. It will normally be open daily from June 1 to end of August, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In the fall you will find the Nature Centre open on weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come down to Petrie Island to see fall wildflowers blooming and the gorgeous autumn colours. See you on the island!

For information contact Al at:

Beach and City Recreational Programming 2014

All of Ottawa’s beaches will be officially open and supervised between Saturday June 21 to Sunday August 17, 2014. Lifeguards are on duty from noon to 7 PM.

The washrooms for the beaches will be opened May 17 to September 1, 2014, Monday to Thursday 10:30 am – 9 PM, Friday to Sunday 10:30 am – 7 PM.

Parking fees will be in place at Petrie from May 17 to September 1.

Volleyball net rentals: $15 per hour or $50 per day, stand up paddleboards $20 per hour.
Inquire at any beach’s Lifeguard office. Join a volleyball league. Call 613-580-2854.

Book your event at the beach. Contact City Wide Allocations at 613-580-2595 or e-mail

2014 Water Quality

Using the water quality statistics provided by the City of Ottawa, we show below the number of days for which the beach was officially closed.  We also show the number of days on which the E. coli count exceeded 100.  This is not the same as when the beaches are officially closed, which is 200 counts.

For water quality statistics from previous years, click here.


Beach Red Flag Days Days over 100 E. coli
Britannia 4 0
Mooneys Bay 9 7
Westboro 12 9
Petrie Island River Beach 16 12
Petrie Island East Beach 8 4

Visitor Contributed Photos on Web Site

We welcome photographs provided by visitors to Petrie Island.  We can now offer to publish them on our web site.  Click here to visit the contributed photos page.  The first album contains instructions on how to submit photos.  If it all seems like too much work for you, just email your photos and we will do all the work for you.

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Follow us into winter! Take advantage of the many nature outings happening in communities across the province. Details can be found in our #Nature Network Calendar: Print photo by Victor Crich.

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Come join the Friends of Petrie Island to help with 2015 programming - promotion (Native Flora, Children's Naturalists, Kayaking Camp, Nature Interpretation Centre).

FOPI's next meeting (for both Board and programming discussions) will be on:

Tuesday, January 20th at 7 pm

AT: Queenswood Heights Community Centre (1485 Duford Drive) Orleans

If you cannot make the meeting but are interested, please email Al Tweddle, Chair of Friends of Petrie Island (hatweddle (at) rogers (dot) com).

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