About FOPI


The Friends of Petrie Island  (FOPI) was formed in November 1997 and a constitution was approved in October 1998. It was incorporated in 2002. The volunteer organization consists of a 10-person executive which holds regular meetings the third Tuesday of each month, as well as a spring and fall general meeting.

Information on becoming a member of Friends of Petrie Island is here.  The yearly membership fee is $10.


* Development of comprehensive plans that will harmoniously blend the natural beauty and ecological values of the island along with its use for passive recreation purposes

* Participation in development and operation of nature trails and picnic areas

* Encouraging public awareness and participation in the planning and use of this area, including development of interpretive nature programs

* Providing and coordinating volunteers to achieve these aims

Petrie FAQs

Q: Can I bring my dog to Petrie Island?

A: No, as with all city beaches, dogs are banned from all areas of Petrie Island by the order of the City of Ottawa. This applies to both leashed and unleashed dogs. This includes all trails, the Conservation Park, and beach areas. Nearby trails on the North Service Road are dog friendly.

Q: Can I bring a BBQ for a picnic?

A: Propane BBQ’s are allowed on the island. There is no limitation on size. Charcoal BBQ’s are prohibited.

Q: Where are the washrooms located?

A: The only flush toilets on the island are in the lifeguard station. Please note that hours for these will vary by season and are operated by the City. Several portable toilets are located around the island from May to October.

Q: Where can I go fishing?

A: Shore fishing areas are along the Basswood and Sunrise trails.  trailmap

Q: Where can I purchase food?

A: Bananas canteen at the beach house serves food and beverages.

Q: Where can I reserve a space for an event?

A: Areas 1 (Tent) and 2 in the picnic area can be reserved through FOPI. For further details please contact us at inquiries2016@petrieisland.org.

Areas 3 and 4 and the main beach can be reserved through the City at 613-580-2595.

Q: Can I camp overnight on Petrie Island?

A: No, no camping is allowed on the island.