Friends of Petrie Island

Ticks Spotted At Petrie Island

We’ve received several reports of ticks at Petrie Island. As you probably know, ticks can carry Lyme Disease so please take the necessary precautions when walking and after you get home. Find more information at the City of Ottawa page.

Petrie Beaches Officially Open

Petrie Island beaches opened officially 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.

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.


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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Friends of Petrie Island Donor 2015:


 17 Tristan Court  – Website Link

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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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Red squirrels are the cutest squirrels. It's official.

(Photo, as always, by the wonderful Bill Bower)
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Nature Talk - Microplastics in the Ottawa River

July 30, 2016, 1:00pm

Come and join Jesse Vermaire for his exciting talk on his work with Microplastics in the Ottawa River! Microplastics are small plastic particles (<5mm) that are manufactured for use in cosmetics or occur from the breakdown of larger plastic fragments. These microplastics pose a potential environmental risk because they can attract and concentrate chemical pollutants and are they are eaten by animals reducing their health. Plastic pollution of our oceans is well known but we are only beginning to understand that microplastic pollution is also occurring in Canadian lakes and rivers. Come join us to learn about the types of microplastics we are finding in the Ottawa River and learn how you can help study or reduce microplastic contamination to the River. Jesse is a Professor at Carleton University, in their Environmental Studies and Geography Department. His research interests are focused on climate change, freshwater ecosystems, and the role of extreme events (droughts, storm surges, etc.) in altering aquatic ecosystems. Tour Prices are: Individual: $10 (Non-Member) and $7 (Member) Family: $20 (Non-Member) and $15 (Member) As spots are limited, PRE-REGISTRATION is NECESSARY. Please register by emailing with the number of spots you'd like to reserve.

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