Friends of Petrie Island

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 Teachers and 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.


We will be hosting a general cleanup on Sunday May 29th at 10am! This is open to everyone, and we welcome you all to come and help restore the island’s natural beauty! 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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Today is International Migratory Bird Day and the 100th anniversary of the landmark Migratory Bird Treaty! The majority of Petrie's 130+ bird species are migratory. Conservation areas such as ours are important for the health of our migratory bird populations.

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Turtle Day

June 5, 2016, 10:00am - June 5, 2016, 2:00pm

Come join Friends of Petrie Island for an awesome day of turtle themed activities! This event is FREE, family friendly, and we encourage everyone to attend. The event will include: - A visit from Little Ray's Reptiles - Turtle themed carnival-style games, crafts, and activities for kids - Guided trail walks throughout the day - Live turtles, frogs, and snakes on display - Turtle themed cupcakes and other treats - Face Painting - and more! *Donations are always appreciated, as they support our conservation efforts and educational programs.

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