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, but members work throughout the year. 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 email@example.com for more information. Membership is $10 for individuals, $25 for families. Donations are always appreciated; they can be made at the Nature Centre (when 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
Petrie Island Highlights 2015
18th year of operation, 11th year of beach operation
Weather: an early spring with no flooding, as well as a warm summer through September
- Record attendance, over 370,000 despite Canada Day being held in Navan
- 76 days with temperatures 25 degrees and above compared with 59 last year
- There were 4 days when both beaches were closed out of 58 days
- There was extensive flooding over the winter, covering the islands with a deep layer of solid ice. Water receded by early April.
FOPI YOUTH PROGRAMS
- Attendance increased for school tours and Youth and Junior Naturalist programs
- Schools, 944; Youth and Junior naturalist 441
- Rideau Canoe club held 3 two week ½ day camps with 11 or 12 youths per program
ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION
- Completed 2nd year of Trillium grant which provided a Native plant coordinator
- Bio diversity workdays, invasive species removal workdays, and plantings for the wildflower garden and erosion control along the river (with the RVCA agreement) were held along with two wildflower garden days
- 4 paid adult tours were held, led by local experts on local plants and edible plants.
- 10 special work days were held on bio diversity projects
OTHER TOURS and EVENTS
- 6 Free adult tours were held with approx. 80 attending
- 12th Turtle Day was held with Little Ray’s Reptiles presentation
- Revised Membership structure with discounts for tent rentals and events
- Increased membership revenue to $475
- Wednesday workdays replaced the old storage shed at the second site, 717 Trim road, and built a new one along with maintenance of the trails and repairs to the structure at the end of Bill Holland trail
TURTLE BASKING AND NESTING
- Continued with turtle basking and nesting counts
- We also protected some turtle nests and recovered some eggs from predated nests which we replanted and protected, this resulted in approximately 30 hatchlings being born in early September which were checked and released into the water
- On the negative side there were an increasing number of events with extremely loud music which destroys the peaceful, natural setting, in addition to Carivibe and the Haitian days there were events at the Bananas canteen which featured loud music which continued after the curfew and consumption of alcoholic beverages beyond the licensed area and along the beach were noted. There may also have been detrimental effects to the hatchling turtles.
INITIATIVES FOR 2016
- FOPI Plans to continue the above activities including further development of the plant nursery and new nature trails west of the nature centre
- Continuation of program to remove invasive species, control shoreline erosion, protecting trees from Beaver damage, planting Butternut trees
We will continue our youth programs and are now booking schools and other youth tours. We are looking forward to cooperation with the newly formed Petrie Island Canoe Club.
- Looking for a fun and educational end of year trip? Take your class on an adventure to Petrie Island to enjoy a morning or afternoon of the great outdoors! We offer tours of the island and nature centre, scavenger hunts and ecological games. We can accommodate topics in your curriculum and we usually handle groups up to 25 students. Any time from mid May to end of June. 3$ per student.
- For information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thank you to last year’s workers, Eva Kasanda, Rachel Winter-Harstone, Kayla Marie Rolland, Jocelyne Veevers and Katherine Forster.
- We are also hiring 2 summer staff for this year: for students who are in school and returning to school in the fall.
- High school students in need of volunteer hours? Interested in the environment, education, biology, or conservation? Complete your 40 hours this summer in an outdoor environment! Contact: email@example.com.
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|
|Petrie Island River Beach||7||10|
|Petrie Island East Beach||5||7|
Friends of Petrie Island Donor 2015:
17 Tristan Court – Website Link