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!

Drone Flyover of Petrie Island

by Tom Seguin 


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:

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.

2015 Water Quality

Using the water quality statistics provided by the City of Ottawa, we show below the number of days for which the beach was officially closed.  We also show the number of days on which the E. coli count exceeded 100.  This is not the same as when the beaches are officially closed, which is 200 counts.

For water quality statistics from previous years, click here.

Beach Red Flag Days Days over 100 E. coli
Britannia 7 6
Mooneys Bay 4 4
Westboro 7 8
Petrie Island River Beach 7 10
Petrie Island East Beach 5 7


 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

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Don't forget our End of Year Celebration and AGM is tomorrow night! Come on out and meet other members, share your suggestions and learn about volunteering.

Tuesday October 20th at 7 pm

Queenswoods Heights Community Centre, 1485 Duford Drive
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Thanks again to Jesse Vermaire for leading out last Nature Walk of the season: Aquatic Plants of Petrie Island. The tour explored many parts of the island including both the beach side and the wetland side of Bill Holland trail and over to the Amphibian Pond at the end of Muskrat Trail. Jesse showed the participants many submerged aquatic plants and also talked about some floating and emergent flora including cat tail. It was a great walk and the weather was perfect. ... See MoreSee Less

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FOPI Year End Celebration and Annual General Meeting

October 20, 2015, 7:00pm

Queenswoods Heights Community Centre, 1485 Duford Drive

Come join us for a night of celebration as we share highlights of FOPI's annual accomplishments and discuss possibilities for the future years! This is a great opportunity for those wanting to know more about the organization and/or new FOPI members who indicated that they would like to help out with the Interpretation program and/or the Board to come meet everyone and find out how they can help!

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A class of third year Environmental Science students from Carleton University came out to Petrie last Friday to learn about invasive species and helped us cut down Buckthorn.

Here's a picture of half the class (with their teacher Jesse Vermaire) and the pile of Buckthorn after their work (they took out a bunch of tall thorny trees and other shrubby ones along Basswood trail!). The other half of the class worked up on Bill Holland trail.

Great work and thanks so much for your help!
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