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!


  • Junior Naturalist program, (ages 2 – 5),  approximately 2 hours
  • Youth  programs (ages 7 – 12),  approximately 2 hours

Runs until August 20th.  More details can be found on the Children’s Nature Program webpage. For information contact:

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.

 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

          2015 Nature Tour Series

Join us for a nature tour this year (May until September)!  Tour dates and descriptions cam be found here: 2015 Nature Tours

                    What’s Blooming?


Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)


Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) 


Also our next Nature Walk will be on Sunday, September 13th. Register soon - this one on Edible and Medicinal Plants is a popular one! ... See MoreSee Less

Wild Food and Medicinal Plants with Amber Westfall

September 13, 2015, 1:00pm

Petrie Island Nature Interpretation Centre

Discover the delicious, wild edible and healing, medicinal plants of Petrie Island. This walk will introduce participants to the wild food and medicine of the area through plant identification skills, ethical harvesting practices and preparation and uses of a variety of plants. We will explore plants that are in season in the fall. Participants are encouraged to bring notebook & pen and a camera. *Please note that we will not be harvesting plants on this tour, although you will be invited to take a nibble here and there as applicable. Our focus will be on plant identification, their uses and the principles of safe, ethical foraging in an urban environment. Registration through email is REQUIRED - DO NOT register on this Facebook page. Thanks so much! LIMITED SPOTS FOR ALL TOURS. Tour Price: – FOPI Member prices: $7 (individual) $15 (family) – Non-member prices: $10 (individual) $20 (family) Registration information here:

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Don't forget about this weekend's clean up - clear up event! We're cleaning up the island and removing some invasive species. Come join us - BBQ at lunch courtesy of Ecology Ottawa! Will be a great event! ... See MoreSee Less

Petrie Island End of Summer Clean-Up/Clear-Up!

August 29, 2015, 9:00am - August 29, 2015, 1:00pm

Petrie Island

Petrie Island Park needs some Ottawa love and care! Ecology Ottawa, in partnership with Friends of Petrie Island, is hosting an end of summer clean-up and clear-up of Petrie Island. Let's come together as a community to protect and restore this local treasure! The clean-up and clear-up will be held on Saturday August 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will be meeting near the Nature Interpretation Centre on the island (at the north end of Trim Road), light rain or shine. We will supply garbage bags, and we recommend bringing work gloves and a rake if you have one. Bring rubber boots if it’s wet. Volunteers are invited to enjoy a vegetarian and vegan friendly BBQ during the cleanup, sponsored by Ecology Ottawa. The park is easily accessed via bus route 198. Alternatively, you can take the 95 route to Orleans Station and bike from there! The Nature Interpretation Centre is 200m West from the Petrie Island Beach:,-75.4937701/45.5055248,-75.4919856/@45.5035425,-75.4924256,999m... RSVP!

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The Naturalist votes have been counted!
The most popular (by far) was TURTLES which will be this Tuesday's session (25th). In close second we have FROGS which will be our last session of the summer on Thursday (27th).
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Friends of Petrie Island added 9 new photos to the album: August 2015 - Tree and Shrub Walk. ... See MoreSee Less

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What's Blooming: Asters are starting to pop up everywhere! Turtlehead can be seen on the Turtle Trail and still lots of purple Canada Thistle. ... See MoreSee Less

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We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation