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 by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2595; fire permits can also be obtained at this number for use of the fire pit. The picnic area cannot handle groups larger than 100. Friends of Petrie Island also rent their activity tent for special events up to 100 people. Details are on the Things to Do page.http://www.petrieisland.org/activities
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. For further details please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.