Friends of Petrie Island

Photo Contest

Announcing the first ever Petrie Island Photo Contest! We’d love to see your perspective on our island.

To enter: 1) Take a photo somewhere at the island.

2) Follow us on Instagram (@petrieisland)

3) Tag us in the photo and use ‪#‎PetriePhotoContest‬

The winner will receive a family membership for the 2017 season and will be featured on our social media accounts, our newsletter, and our website.

Ticks Spotted At Petrie Island

We’ve received several reports of ticks at Petrie Island. As you probably know, ticks can carry Lyme Disease so please take the necessary precautions when walking and after you get home. Find more information at the City of Ottawa page.

Petrie Beaches Officially Open

Petrie Island beaches opened officially on June 18. Lifeguards are on duty from June 18 to August 28, 2016 inclusively, daily Monday to Sunday from noon to 7 pm. Toilets are open now, as is the restaurant.

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 inquiries2016@petrieisland.org.

Membership Information

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.

Cleanups

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.

Naturalist programs

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.

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

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We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation

It's getting to that time of year when baby turtles will be emerging from their nests. Here are some hints for when you find a baby turtle roaming around:

1) Remember that they haven't been abandoned! Baby turtles are precocial, which means that they are able to care for themselves from the time they hatch

2) Please don't take them in as pets! It is ILLEGAL to keep a wild animal as a pet and most people don't have adequate equipment to care for a turtle

3) Only handle it if it looks heading towards danger (a road, a parking lot). Pick it up gently and deposit it near a nearby body of water, preferably the one it seemed to be heading to

Thanks for your help and enjoy baby turtle season!
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It's too rainy for bees right now but it is World Honey Bee Day! We love those fuzzy pollinators!

Also, we'll be announcing the #PetriePhotoContest winner within the next few days! Thank you for all your wonderful submissions :D
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Be sure not to miss out on our last tour of the season! We've joined up with the Ontario Archeological Society to bring you an exciting and informative talk on Local and Regional Archeology.

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Announcing the first ever Petrie Island Photo Contest! We'd love to see your perspective on our island. To enter: 1) Take a photo somewhere at the island. 2) Follow us on Instagram (@petrieisland) AND/OR like us on Facebook at Friends of Petrie Island 3) Tag us in the photo and use #PetriePhotoContest (make sure your settings are set to public so we can view your photo). 4) Up to 4 entries per person. The winner will receive a family membership for the 2017 season and will be featured on our social media accounts, our newsletter, and our website. Contest closes Saturday, August 20th.

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