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 youngsters. New volunteers are always welcome. Membership is $10 for individuals, $25 for families. Donations are always appreciated.

Friends of Petrie Island 2015

Friends of Petrie Island is preparing for its 2015 season. 2014 was a very successful season which saw  626 visits by school children from 10 schools and  715  Junior  Naturalists and parents attended 35 sessions. The nature centre had over 7000 visitors in 2014.  The Rideau Canoe and Kayak club’s second year of summer kayaking camps were a hit and we look forward to collaborating with the club again for a third summer.

Over 100 volunteers contributed over 1000 hours on environmental projects for the Ontario Trillium funded Native Flora Program.   The adult nature tours were also a success with 67 people attending the four events.

We  will be completing our 2nd year of a Trillium grant which will include tree wrapping for protection from beavers,  removal of invasive species, planting of shrubs and trees to prevent shoreline erosion along the river and improving our wildflower garden.   If you would like to volunteer for any of these activities please email:

Our nature centre will be open daily from Victoria weekend till Labour Day, 10 to  8 p.m. and on weekends from early May to Thanksgiving.  Our Wednesday volunteer workdays will also continue.  For more information contact

2014 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 4 0
Mooneys Bay 9 7
Westboro 12 9
Petrie Island River Beach 16 12
Petrie Island East Beach 8 4

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.

Get Involved

Want to know more about FOPI membership and volunteering?

Find out more here: Get Involved

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Please Share: Friends of Petrie Island have two summer positions available for 2015 season through a Careers Canada grant.

Students must be in school and going back to school in the fall and be available for 10 to 12 continuous weeks for approximately 32 hours per week.

The job entails monitoring use of the Island, minor maintenance of the trails, care of aquarium animals, assisting with tours and programs with adults and children, doing research on environmental topics and developing appropriate literature, and tending a wildflower garden.

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We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation