Friends of Petrie Island



FOPI will open the interpretive centre in the picnic area on:


10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

May 31st - Oct 3


10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July and August


In order to open these hours we require funds for staff. We use membership fees, grants and money from donations. At present we have about 60% of the funds required to open as listed above.


In addition we will have Theme days throughout the year as follows:


April 2, 3, 4


Wildlife Festival - Carlingwood Shopping centre

April 25

1 – 4

Flooding at Petrie Island

May 8

10 - 4

Clean up day

May 9 *

10 - 4

National Forest week display and migration display, Ottawa Duck Club

May 30 - June 13


Wildflowers will be marked only on trails

June 6 *

10 - 4

Field Naturalists will be on hand to answer questions

June 20 *

10 - 4

Turtle/Frog  Day - Expert on hand to answer questions. FOPI will be on hand to renew membership and answer questions



Tours can be arranged



Other events may be scheduled

September 12 or 19 *

1 - 4

Fruits and nuts

October 3 *

1 - 4

Fall colours


* slide shows shown on these days        Dawn to Dusk”  A year in the Life of Petrie Island”  Turtles of Petrie Island


Wednesday morning work daysMay to Oct: 9 – 12 noon. Maintenance and development projects. Everyone welcome.  Or other projects such as:  building canoe launch:

Trillium projects: observation platform and signage on Bill Holland Trail; Improved signage for wildflower garden and trails;     New pamphlets and make information boards:

Present ongoing projects: turtle counts: frog counts (ACC Club)


Student volunteers: students can earn their volunteer hours at Petrie Island doing various odd jobs, such as: painting, clean up, habitat restoration, interpretive centre monitors, display preparation. We also work with youth organizations



FOPI is an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Petrie Island through monitoring and education of the public.  The organization opposes a bridge and marina  at the park area. You can help support us by paying the annual membership fee of $10  or making a donation or volunteer your time for any of our activities.