Friends of Petrie Island

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.

We have been advised by the City that the parking lot at Petrie Island is closed to prevent people from congregating. As well, there is some flooding happening at the Island. Visitors should keep both issues in mind and follow strict social distancing. For more information on City of Ottawa Parks visit:

We are still taking registrations and job applications for the summer:

Children’s Programming includes school tours, birthday parties and the Naturalist programming: Preschool for ages 2 – 5, Junior for ages 6 – 8, and Youth for ages 9 – 12. Please visit :

Adult programming includes a weekly plant group on Tuesday evenings, guided tours and special presentations. Please visit:

Applications for summer employment are welcome. Three Park Monitor positions are available.

Friends of Petrie Island –  2020 Activities

Friends of Petrie Island (FOPI) work with partners and summer staff to deliver educational and environmentally sound programming. Visit this site for dates which will be set dependent on spring flooding.   

  • Clean up Day
  • Turtle Day
  • Petrie Island Plant Group – Tuesday evenings to discusses local flora and develop the wildflower garden.
  • Wednesday Work Days- Wednesday mornings from 9- 12 until October.  Meet at the Tool shed.
  • Tree Inventory
  • Children’s Naturalist programs run July and August have concluded
  • Tours available on request
  • Tent and picnic rentals available on request 
  • Turtle conservation- ongoing

For requests please email us:

Friends of Petrie Island