Friends of Petrie Island

North beach closed for remainder of summer.

Due to heavy flooding in the spring, the sand on the north beach has shifted, revealing steel cables and other sharp debris. Petrie Island was the site of a busy sand extraction business before it became a public beach. The debris is probably from this time.

The east beach remains open.

Volunteers needed!  Tree enthusiasts needed for our Tree Inventory August 17 and 18.  More details at

Bring your children’s group to the “wild” side of Petrie Island for a guided tour of the flora and fauna.


Friends of Petrie Island –  2019 Activities

Friends of Petrie Island (FOPI) are currently working to address damages from the spring flooding. We expect that programming and bookings will begin after Turtle Day, June 23.  Earlier schedules will be accommodated if conditions allow.

  • June 22- 10 am- 3 pm- Clean up Day –  Meet at the tool shed
  • June 23- Turtle Day
  • Every second Tuesday – the Petrie Island Plant Group will meet to discuss local flora.
  • Wednesday Work Days- every Wednesday morning from 9- 12.  Meet at the Tool shed.
  • August 17 and 18- Tree Inventory (volunteers needed- please register ahead)


  • Guided Tours 
    • for Schools, Summer Camps and other childrens’ groups
    • makes a special birthday party
    • for Adults- great for family gatherings and workplace events,

To request a tour for your class or group please email us:

  • July/ August Naturalist Education sessions – please see the Children’s Programs page for information on ages, themes, dates and costs. New this year – Youth Naturalist programming
  • Family Naturalist walks in development- send an email if interested
  • Tent and Picnic table rentals 
Petrie Island summer staff June 2019 — Al Tweddle (chair), Emie, Emma, Laura, Atira and Callie