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!


FOPI will also be partnering with the Rideau Canoe Club to run ½ day two week camps at Petrie Island where participants will have the opportunity to get involved in hands on stewardship projects as well as the Olympic sprint kayak program. The direct link for summer camps is: Or call the  Rideau Canoe Club: (613) 225-5546 for further information.


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

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:

We will continue events such as: Jane’s Walk in May,  Turtle day in June,  and the self-guided Wildflower walk.  Canada Day festivities also happen on the island. A new event for Petrie Island this year is the Native Plant Garden Days which will be held on the island on Friday the 19th and Sunday the 21st.  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?


Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)


Canada Anemone (Anemone canadenis) 


What's Blooming: Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis), Fringed Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata), Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) and Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) ... See MoreSee Less

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Lots is happening at Petrie Island! ... See MoreSee Less

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CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION: Our Homes, Hide-outs and Herbs Nature Walk has been rescheduled to this Sunday - hoping for great weather! The tour will be held if we have at least 10 people registered. Thanks so much for your support! ... See MoreSee Less

CANCELLED - Homes, Hide-outs and Herbs: How plants help animals on Petrie Island

July 26, 2015, 10:00am

THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION. OUR APOLOGIES! Join Bryarly for a look at the plants on Petrie Island through the eyes of the animals that use them! From aquatic plants and ground herbs to canopy trees, we’ll explore the animals that live here and the dynamics that make certain plants good places to build a home, seek shelter, or to eat. Along the way you will learn a bit about forest and wetland ecology and some plant identification. Please bring your binoculars if you have a pair. The tour will be held if we have at least 10 people registered. Thanks so much for your support! Tour Price: – FOPI Member prices: $7 (individual) $15 (family) – Non-member prices: $10 (individual) $20 (family) Registration information here:

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Thanks to Ecology Ottawa for organizing another Clean-Up event at the end of the Summer! They are also going to tackle some invasive species and clear it out. Please come join them to help take care of the island and to enjoy a end of summer BBQ! ... See MoreSee Less

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

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

We’re in Orléans' neighbourhood! Ecology Ottawa, in partnership with Friends of Petrie Island, is hosting an end of summer clean-up and clear-up of Petrie Island. Please help us 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 rubber boots if it’s wet. Please bring a rake if you have one. Volunteers are invited to enjoy a vegetarian and vegan friendly BBQ during the cleanup, sponsored by Ecology Ottawa. RSVP!

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We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation