Friends of Petrie Island

The Friends of Petrie Island 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.  Wednesday volunteer workdays are from April until October. New volunteers are always welcome along with impromptu clean-ups when you visit.  Garbage bags are available in the centre – just tell us where you’ve cleaned up! Please contact for more information. Membership is $10 for individuals, $25 for families. Donations are always appreciated.  They can be made on the island at the Nature Centre (when it is open) or sent to the Chair of FOPI (address is at the bottom of the Membership page).  Thank you for your support!


Come visit Petrie Island on the weekend of June 19 – 21 for a tour of our wildflower garden.

There will be staffed hours on Friday (2-5 pm) and Sunday (11-3pm) if visitors have questions and want to know more about the native plants.

Garden Days English 2015


FOPI will also be partnering with the Rideau Canoe Club to run ½ day two week camps at Petrie Island where participants will have the opportunity to get involved in hands on stewardship projects as well as the Olympic sprint kayak program. The direct link for summer camps is: Or call the  Rideau Canoe Club: (613) 225-5546 for further information.


  • Junior Naturalist program, (ages 2 – 5),  approximately 2 hours
  • Youth  programs (ages 7 – 12),  approximately 2 hours
  • Home Schoolers programs May and June

More details can be found on the Children’s Nature Program webpage. For information contact: The Nature centre can be opened anytime during the season, (May 1 to end of Sept)  for interested groups.  It is normally open daily from Victoria weekend till Labour Day, 10 to  8 p.m. and on weekends from early May to Thanksgiving. Tours of the Island are available for Youth groups, Seniors, Home Schoolers  – approximately ½ hour to 1 ½ hours. For inquiries re: opening up the nature centre or for arranging a tour please contact us at:

Garden Days English 2015   Garden Days French 2015

We will continue events such as: Jane’s Walk in May,  Turtle day in June,  and the self-guided Wildflower walk.  Canada Day festivities also happen on the island. A new event for Petrie Island this year is the Native Plant Garden Days which will be held on the island on Friday the 19th and Sunday the 21st.  Event details can be found on the Events page and will be updated when more information is available.

Visitor-contributed Photos on Website

We welcome photographs provided by visitors to Petrie Island.  We can now offer to publish them on our website.  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.

 Friends of Petrie Island Donor 2015:


 17 Tristan Court  – Website Link

                         Get Involved

Want to know more about FOPI membership and volunteering? Find out more here: Get Involved

          2015 Nature Tour Series

Join us for a nature tour this year (May until September)!  Tour dates and descriptions cam be found here: 2015 Nature Tours

                    What’s Blooming?


Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)


Canada Anemone (Anemone canadenis) 


We have decided to cancel the Nature Walk for June 28th due to inclement weather. Stay tuned as we try to find a new date for it! ... See MoreSee Less

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We're excited for our Sunday walk but the forecast doesn't sound great at all! 90% chance of precipitation! We'll be making a decision Saturday night as to whether to hold the event or not - and we'll email those who registered and post info on the social media sites. Fingers crossed we can still have the walk! ... See MoreSee Less

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So much is blooming or just ready to burst right now... come visit to see for yourself! Even the grasses have turned pink!

Better yet - come join us for our Nature Walk on Sunday and learn how these plants are intertwined with the animals they support:
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We interrupt our regular programming to announce that the Milkweed is in Bloom!!

Come on down - summer is in full force! We are ready for the Monarchs... : )
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Friends of Petrie Island shared Wildlife Preservation Canada's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

Ever wondered what it would be like to see things as a bumblebee does? Yann gives us startling insight!

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We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation