Friends of Petrie Island

Public access to Petrie Island will be restricted from October 1 to late December while construction work is performed on the causeway. / L’accès aux îles sera limité pour le public du 1er octobre à la fin de décembre 2018 en raison de la reconstruction de la chaussée et du pont.

Friends of Petrie Island – Season Summary 2018 – October 1st 2018

Friends of Petrie Island (FOPI) continues to be a dynamic force to protect the island and to inform the public on the values of preserving this unique environment.

We expect to continue in the future and your support via donations, membership or as a volunteer are key to our continued raison d’etre.

Our newly formed Petrie Island Plant Group will be having a discussion on our future direction and will be providing a tea tasting from plants from Petrie Island along with other food tasting from Petrie Island plants on October 11th at 7pm at the Queenswood Heights Community Centre. All are invited to participate.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on the 16th of October at 7pm at the Queenswood Heights Community Centre located at the corner of Amiens and Duford.

If you are unable to attend either of these events but would like further information please contact us at inquiries.

FOPI 2018 Summary of years’ events

Dec 2017 – City demolished the Nature Centre after claiming it would cost $150,000 to repair it.

Jan-Feb 2018 – FOPI completed forms for City and Canada Summer Jobs grants.

March-April – Review and update of Plant information display sheets for 100 of 140 Wildflowers at Petrie Island – J. Gauthier, Al Tweddle.

  • Interview and look at revenues for summer staff
  • Heard that only one of CSJ position approved
  • Contact Greenspace to recruit and obtain funding for 3 other summer positions (50% of salary)

May – students start work (Emma, Manisha, Emie and Alessia)

  • Petrie Island flooded (road closed 12 days in May) but start cleanup, turtle basking count and registration for tours, area booking and naturalists
  • City brings trailer on site and we set up display area on site of Nature Centre , cleanup and prepare school tours and events.

June – Electricity was restored to the site.

School and summer camp tours

July and August – ran Junior Naturalist programs and summer camp tours and started adult plant group.

– display container was delivered and set up in early August

September – removal of trailer and container

– Preparations for winter

FOPI improvements included development of outside display area (Nature Centre site and benches and tables for display area and picnic area).

Several severe storms destroyed about 20 large trees in picnic area and on trails and FOPI planted 15 saplings provided by City Forestry in addition to the over 90 they had planted last fall. FOPI also developed the “shoreline trail” complete with driftwood sculptures and fairy and troll house.

Events and Programs


WWF     2                              160

Ashbury College 1                             50

Military Police group     1                              20

Children School and summer tours   14                           660

Junior Naturalist Program 36                           750

Tent and Picnic Area rental 29                        1400

Special events, turtle day, Jane’s walk, Open house & PI plant group            6                            360

Environmental initiatives (tree wrapping and planting and removal of invasive species)     6                             50

Workdays  20                            80

Total  116                         3,530

In addition, there were many spontaneous picnics with groups of 20 to 40 ppl. In addition to family groups with up to 20 ppl per day on weekend.

Monitored turtle activity including rescuing some turtle eggs from predated nests and protected them – (10 protected nests) throughout the summer. We released approx. 30 hatchlings , map and snapping in September.

The tent was installed and removed by FOPI members and was used for FOPI programs as well as  rented 12 times over the summer.

Front row: Paul, Robert, Jocelyn, Christine, Kayla, Emily, Sarah; Back row: Bill, Mike, Stephen, Al, Gil, JoAnne

Front row: Paul, Robert, Jocelyn, Christine, Kayla, Emily, Sarah; Back row: Bill, Mike, Stephen, Al, Gil, JoAnne