Friends of Petrie Island

Animated aerial view of Petrie Island, 1976-2017. From

All Petrie Island facilities are closed for the season. However, nature is still available!

Please follow COVID 19 protocols- stay 2 m apart from others, wear a mask if this is difficult, no gathering larger than 25 persons, stay home if unwell. Stay safe.


Proposed development at Trim Road & Jeanne d’Arc Blvd.

An application has been submitted to City of Ottawa Planning, Development and Construction, on September 17, 2020, regarding a change to the zoning of 1009 Trim Road. It calls for amending the Official Plan, Schedule 2 (Urban Land Use) for the area of the site designated “Urban Employment Area” to “General Urban Area or Mixed use” in order to allow a major, potentially high-rise mixed residential and commercial development west of Trim Road, off Jeanne-d’Arc Boulevard.
The Friends of Petrie Island have serious objections to this development as it presents at this point, and have made comments to City Planning as part of the consultation process.

Social distancing in nature is a great way to relieve stress, get some exercise and pass the time. Be sure to stay at least 2 metres from others when you are at Petrie Island.

If you can’t get out to Petrie Island, check out the visitor photos on our website ( upload some of your own), join our Facebook Group and follow our page.

Visitors may enjoy access to Petrie Island greenspace and trails. The parking lot is open but not plowed. Please enjoy safely :

  • Keep at least two metres away from others.
  • Stay on the trails. You may step off the trail to let others pass safely and maintain physical distancing.
  • Effective February 16, 2021, the Government of Ontario is limiting outdoor gatherings to 25 people.
  • Please do not visit the island if you feel unwell or have symptoms.

Friends of Petrie Island –  2020 Activities

Friends of Petrie Island (FOPI) work with partners and summer staff to preserve the ecology of the Island and deliver interpretive resources. Due to COVID-19 the focus this year was conservation work with some programming for individual households or intact social circles.  

  • Wednesday Work Days- Wednesday mornings 9-12
  • Nature Trail maintenance
  • Lookout Benches
  • Clean up Day
  •  Virtual Tour with Ecology OttawA
  • Tree Inventory
  • Family and Friends Naturalist sessions 
  • Tent and picnic table rentals
  • Barbeque permits
  • Dogwood maze and Fairy House
  • Driftwood sculptures
  • Wildflower Garden 
  • Art in the Park Days
  • Meditation
  • Turtle conservation- ongoing
  • Turtle Release Days
  • Invasive species removal– ongoing

For requests please email us:

Friends of Petrie Island