Friends of Petrie Island

Welcome to Petrie Island.

Park Rules apply year round, including that dogs are not permitted anywhere on the Island. These rules protect the flora and fauna of Petrie Island and add to our visitors’ enjoyment.

If you can’t get out to Petrie Island, check out the visitor photos on our website, join our Facebook Group called Petrie Island: Our Small Wilderness, or follow our Facebook page.

Winter visits

Winter is a great time to visit- pristine vistas, active wildlife and birds, fewer people, free parking. A few notes to remember

  • The parking lots are not plowed, however they are usually packed down
  • Trails are not groomed, local hikers and snow shoe enthusiasts pack down the existing trails
  • There are no amenities on the Island in the winter
  • Rules, including no dogs, apply year round.

Our Turtle Conservation, done in partnership with the Petrie Island Turtle Project, work was a hit- over 400 turtle eggs were retrieved and incubated. Almost 500 people came out to see the wee painted, map and snapping turtle hatchlings return to the water in August. Please visit our FB group, Petrie Island: Our Small Wilderness, to see some of the amazing pictures,
Thank you for your support!

Please note that there is a current outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Ontario. If you find a goose, duck or other water bird that is sick or deceased, please report it to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative at 1-866-673-4781 or online at

Friends of Petrie Island –  2023 Activities

 finished for the season

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Friends of Petrie Island