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Help Protect Petrie Island

Looking for a corporate event to "Give Back" for your office this fall? Why not consider helping out with Petrie Island restoration? A couple of hours helping us remove invasive species or wrapping trees (to protect them from beavers) and then a BBQ - picnic lunch? Great day out for team-building and CSR community work!

Also an opportunity for high school (for volunteer hour credit) and university classes (learning about the environment - community service).

Get in touch with us today to plan an event! Email us at petrie.coordinator (at) gmail.com

And if you want to join in on your own - ask to join the Biodiversity Crew at Petrie!

Tent Available for Rent

Friends of Petrie Island have a new tent that can be rented on the weekends.  If it's not being rented come check it out on your next visit – there will be Natural History Displays and other Nature Educational signage for the public – allowing our educational program to expand outside of the Nature Centre in the summer season.


Nature Interpretive Centre

The Nature centre can be opened anytime during the season, (May 1 to end of Oct) for interested groups. It will normally be open daily from June 1 to end of August, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In the fall you will find the Nature Centre open on weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come down to Petrie Island to see fall wildflowers blooming and the gorgeous autumn colours. See you on the island!

For information contact Al at: hatweddle@rogers.com 

2014 Programs

Nature programming will continue into the fall with volunteer days to help with eliminating invasive species and with wrapping trees (more details here). There is also one last Nature Walk in the Petrie Island Series - “Trees of Petrie Island” on September 20th and Petrie Island's Annual General Meeting where we will have refreshments and a Nature Talk (more details to come).

The Nature Interpretation Centre is open in the Fall on weekends – come down to see the fall colours at Petrie!

Saturday July 19 -- River Day with childrens Fishing Derby (Rain Date: August 9th)

Sunday August 10 - Petrie Island Nature Walk - Wild food and medicinal plants (Registration Required)

Saturday August 23rd at 10 am - Petrie Island Nature Walk - Reading the Landscape (Registration Required)

For more details please see Events Page

Summer Naturalist Program

  • Junior Naturalist (Ages 2-5) every Wednesday and Thursday morning starting at 10:30 am. Programs run twice weekly ( for 8 weeks) starting July 2nd, 2014.

  • Youth Naturalist (Ages 6-12) every Wednesday and Thursday evening, starting at 6:30 pm. Program runs twice weekly( for 8 weeks) starting July 2nd, 2014.

  • Cost: 2$ per child

  • No registration required

  • bilingual instructors

  • email: friendsofpetrieisland@hotmail.com for any questions

  • Come out and earn a certificate and badge for every session that you attend in order for you and your child to become official naturalists of Petrie Island!!

The Bananas on the Beach Restaurant is now open on Petrie Island. It is operated by Orleans residents Trevor Mason and Sandra Ferguson, as a beach location of their Bananas Restaurant at Trim and Innes Roads.  It serves Jamaican style foods as well as the standard hamburgers and fries.  It is fully licensed and has an authentic Caribbean look.

Beach and City Recreational Programming

All of Ottawa's beaches will be officially open and supervised between Saturday June 21 to Sunday August 17, 2014. Lifeguards are on duty from noon to 7 PM.

The washrooms for the beaches will be opened May 17 to September 1, 2014, Monday to Thursday 10:30 am - 9 PM, Friday to Sunday 10:30 am - 7 PM.

Parking fees will be in place at Petrie from May 17 to September 1.

Volleyball net rentals: $15 per hour or $50 per day, stand up paddleboards $20 per hour.
Inquire at any beach’s Lifeguard office. Join a volleyball league. Call 613-580-2854.

Book your event at the beach. Contact City Wide Allocations at 613-580-2595 or e-mail sports@ottawa.ca.

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 Web Site

We welcome photographs provided by visitors to Petrie Island.  We can now offer to publish them on our web site.  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.


The Native Flora Program at Petrie Island has been made possible in part due to OTF funding

Get Involved

Want to know more about FOPI Membership or Volunteering?

Find out more here: Get Involved

In the Know

Friends of Petrie Island annual report 2013 is now available.

Management Plan Final Report - Report by Dan Brunton to the City of Ottawa with an assessment of the natural environment.

Petrie Island stewardship plan updated.  The Friends of Petrie Island and the Ottawa Stewardship Council have prepared a draft Stewardship Plan for Petrie Island. The draft plan was presented to the Ottawa Forests and Advisory Committee (OFGAC) in November, 2007. Following the presentation, OFGAC recommended that the Parks and Recreation Branch Work with FOPI and the OSC to finalize and implement the Stewardship Plan.

Species at Risk Turtle Survey 2008 July 2008
2008 is the fourth consecutive year that there have been confirmed sightings of Blanding’s turtles on Petrie Island. One was seen in 2005, two in 2006, one in 2007, and two in 2008.

Experimental Turtle Nesting Site  In June 2009, the Friends of Petrie Island and the Ottawa Stewardship Council undertook a project, in cooperation with the City of Ottawa, to expand and enhance a turtle nesting site for species at risk and other turtles. The objective was to try and attract nesting turtles to an area that was less subject to high human use, and thereby promote better hatchling survival.  Read the report here.

Petrie Island is a complex of islands and wetlands located on the south shore of the Ottawa River in suburban Ottawa, Canada. It features a large public beach, boat launch, interpretation center, and an extensive nature preserve with access trails where you may view many birds, reptiles and other animals as well as rare trees and other plant species.

The site is owned by the City of Ottawa, which operates the beach. The Friends of Petrie Island operate the interpretation center and oversee the nature preserve, which covers most of the western portion of the site.

When You Visit

The Petrie Island area consists of wetlands and backwaters that are environmentally sensitive. When you visit, please be respectful of the site and mindful of others.

Dogs are prohibited everywhere on Petrie Island.

Stay on trails - do not disturb or harm wildlife, pick wildflowers or damage trees and other plants. Many birds and animals inhabit and breed in this area.

Do not catch turtles and frogs along the shoreline. It is illegal to catch turtles or disturb their nests; handling of frogs can harm them (you are toxic to them) and the shoreline is easily damaged by trampling

Do not fish along the Turtle Trail or beaches – discarded fish hooks and lines are dangerous to people and to wildlife.

Bicycles are not allowed on the trails.

Do not litter.

If you observe wild animals acting strangely, please let staff know.

Fires and camping are prohibited.


Les îles Petrie forment un complexe de terres humides et d’îles sur la rive droite de la rivière des Outaouais, à Ottawa, Canada. On y trouve une plage publique, une rampe de mise à l’eau, un centre d’interprétation et une réserve naturelle offrant une variété d’oiseaux, de reptiles et autres animaux ainsi que des arbres et autres plantes rares.   

Le site appartient à la ville d’Ottawa, qui administre la plage. Les Amis de l’île Petrie gèrent le centre d’interprétation et supervisent la réserve, qui occupe le plus clair de la partie ouest du site.



Votre visite

Les îles Petrie consistent en terres humides et étangs don’t l’écologie est délicate. Respectez le lieu et les autres visiteurs.

Les chiens sont interdits partout sur l’île Petrie.

Restez sur les sentiers - ne nuisez pas aux plantes et animaux sauvages - plusieurs oiseaux et animaux vivent et se reproduisent sur le site.

Ne touchez pas les grenouilles et tortues. Il est interdit par la loi de capturer les tortues ou de déranger leurs nids; les grenouilles sont sensibles à la manipulation (votre toucher leur est toxique) et la circulation endommage les berges.

Ne pêchez pas le long du sentier des Tortues ou des plages - les hameçons perdus et lignes posent des dangers et nuisent à la faune.

Vélos interdits sur les sentiers.

Ne laissez pas de déchets.

Rapportez au au personnel tout comportement inusité des animaux.

Les feux et le camping sont interdits.


Page updated 2014-08-21    © Friends of Petrie Island