Friends of Petrie Island

Petrie Beaches Open June 18

Petrie Island beaches will officially be open 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.

Petrie Island Canoe Club

Petrie Island is holding its first Open House on June 11 and June 19, from 10am-2pm. Petrie Island Canoe Club staff will be there. It would be a great opportunity to ask questions, check out our equipment, speak to paddlers and coaches, and try out a war canoe, a very traditional Canadian big boat for 15 people. Our website is

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

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.

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.

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

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation

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Friends of Petrie Island would LOVE to have you come out this Sunday for our Wildflower Garden Volunteer Day! Volunteers are vital and immensely appreciated at FOPI :) ... See MoreSee Less

Wildflower Garden - Volunteer Day!

July 3, 2016, 10:00am - July 3, 2016, 4:00pm

Join us for some exciting weeding, transplanting and beautification of our wildflower gardens! These gardens cannot be maintained without the amazing help of our volunteers. Likewise, we encourage you to dedicate even a few hours of your time. Volunteers are welcome to stop by for any amount of time from 10am-4pm. Please wear sturdy shoes and rain gear if needed. Additionally, Bring work gloves or garden gloves if you have them. Our wildflower gardens are maintained through our Native Flora program. This program seeks to rehabilitate and display native shrubs and wildflowers that can be found throuhout the island/Grandmaitre Ecological Reserve. Moreover, informational signage is installed by flowering plants, seeking to expand visitor's knowledge of these flowers. Additinally, our wildflower gardens serve as important habitat for species such as birds, butterflies, bees, bats, groundhogs, etc.

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Nature Walk/Workshop: Edible and Medicinal Plants of Petrie Island

July 10, 2016, 1:00pm - July 10, 2016, 4:00pm

Come and join the wonderful Amber Westfall of The Wild Garden AND Corrie Rabbe of Radical Homestead to learn about the delicious, wild edible and healing, medicinal plants of Petrie Island! Amber and Corrie will introduce participants to: - plant ID of common, wild edible and healing plants in season - sustainable and ethical harvesting practices - cultivation and wild tending strategies - processing methods - preparations - therapeutic & edible uses This walk will now be combined with a workshop! Participants will get a chance to observe various preparations of several plants. All plant walks take place outdoors in light rain or shine. Please come prepared for the weather conditions and be prepared to walk 1-2 km, at a relaxed pace over uneven and sometimes overgrown terrain. Registration is REQUIRED, as spots are LIMITED. Please register by emailing or calling (613) 402-9227. Thank you so much! Tour Prices are: – FOPI Member prices: $20 (individual) $35 (family) – Non-member prices: $25 (individual) $40 (family) You will be able to pay this fee once you arrive for the tour.

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