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.

The City of Ottawa’s pay parking starts the May long weekend.
Portapotties are available. Access to the Beach Pavilion begins the May long weekend as well. There is currently no potable water available.

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.

Spring time at Petrie Island

The leaves are popping, the birds are returning and the turtles are basking. It must be spring.
The Friends of Petrie Island are getting set for another great season.

-Clean up day May 20, 2024 from 10-1pm ( a great way for high school students to get volunteer hours). Come to the tent for garbage bags. Boots are a good idea.

-We are recruiting for one park monitor position for July and August (

  • – Come out to Wednesday Work days 9-12 at the Island. Meet at the tent.
  • – Tours or planned activities for larger groups such as school classrooms or children’s clubs may be arranged by contacting us at
  • – Please visit the web site for information on picnic table reservations or renting the tent.

In partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Ottawa Riverkeeper, we are also seeking volunteers for our turtle conservation work with a focus on protecting turtle eggs. You would monitor the trails for nests and help with retrieving eggs. Availability over the next 6 weeks is a must. Please express your interest by sending us an email:
Last year, almost 400 map, snapping and painted turtle hatchlings were returned to the wetlands of Petrie Island. In Canada all species of freshwater turtles are considered at risk.
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 –  2024 Activities

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Friends of Petrie Island