The picnic areas are located to the west of the main beach area. It contains a number of mature trees that provide welcome shade. There is also a beach suitable for small children.
Approximately 40 picnic tables are in the picnic area, available from May to October. Several are left year round. The picnic tables s are on a first-come first-served basis, however, reservations are encouraged for groups larger than 20 people. The picnic area cannot handle groups larger than 100. Cost is on a sliding scale depending on the size of the group- minimum $20.
To reserve picnic tables, please complete FOPI Reservation Form and give to a Friends of Petrie Island staff member at the Nature Centre.
Users of the picnic area are reminded:
- Campfires and charcoal grills are not permitted. If you want to cook food, bring your own gas barbeque — no charcoal please because there is no place to safely dispose of the coals.
- There is a fire pit available; however a fire permit is required. It can be obtained by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2595.
- No alcohol is permitted.
- 9 pm curfew.
- No dogs are allowed on the island.
- Clean up afterwards.
- Respect nature- don’t feed those cute looking animals, don’t catch the frogs or turtles, don’t pick the nice flowers.
(An additional picnic area in Stuemer Park is also available. Please contact the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2683 for information about rentals.)
FOPI also offers tent rentals to provide shelter for activities and events. It has portable sides and can be enclosed. It can be rented out for special events at $100-$125.
Friends of Petrie Island Members receive a discount on tent rentals.
To reserve the tent, please complete FOPI Reservation Form and give to a Friends of Petrie Island staff member at the Nature Centre.
Washrooms are located at the beach by the lifeguard station. Washrooms are open from the Victoria Day weekend in May to the Labour Day weekend in September. Portable washrooms are also available from early May til the end of September.
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