The picnic area is 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 30 picnic tables are in the picnic area, available from May to October. Several are left year round. The picnic grounds are on a first-come first-served basis, but two picnic areas can be reserved. Fire permits can also be obtained for use of the fire pit by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2595. The picnic area cannot handle groups larger than 100.
Users of the picnic area are reminded: 9 pm curfew, no dogs on the island, no alcohol, clean up afterwards, don’t feed those cute looking animals, don’t catch the frogs or turtles, don’t pick the nice flowers. 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.
FOPI 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.
To reserve the tent or picnic tables, please complete FOPI Reservation Form picnic_2017 and give to a Friends of Petrie Island staff member at the beach.