Getting to Petrie Island
Petrie Island is located on the Ottawa River, in the eastern part of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is accessed from Highway 174 (The Queensway) at Trim Road. If you are in downtown Ottawa, take Highway 417 east until "the split". Keep left at the split onto 174, which is still a four-lane limited-access highway that leads to Orleans. Stay on the 174 until the first traffic light, which will be Trim Road, at which you should turn left. Head north on Trim Road past North Service Road down towards the island.
You can find the Nature Centre on the island, close to the cul-de-sac
at the far north end of Trim Road. The Nature Centre is west of the
parking lots, down the Bill Holland Trail (about 250 metres) just past
the picnic area and children's playground.
If you drive, there is parking on the island, although this overflows during peak days. You will have to pay for parking: $2 for 5 hours, 07:00-18:00, 7 days a week. Please be advised that the Bylaw Officers regularly check for parking permits, even on Sunday evenings.
The nearest bus stops are the Trim Road park-and-ride lot and the North Service Road local bus stop. The 95 route runs every 15 minutes during the week and the local bus runs every hour. Some of these buses will have bicycle racks. From the bus stop it is an enjoyable 15 to 20 minute walk or a 5 to 7 minute bike ride to Petrie Island, down the hill and along the causeway with many views of the water and optional trails to take off the main road.
NEW SUMMER OC TRANSPO BUS SERVICE TO THE ISLAND (2014)
Route 198: Will provide a NEW service from Place d’Orléans and Trim
Park & Ride to Petrie Island starting Saturday, June 21. Service will
operate weekends and holidays throughout the summer, every 30
minutes, between approximately 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.