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 Paid Parking is in effect, $2 for 5 hours, 07:00-18:00, 7 days a week.
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.

Welcome summer

The days are long, the turtles are finished nesting, the baby birds have fledged and the heat is on.

In partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Ottawa Riverkeeper we are undertaking turtle conservation work with a focus on protecting turtle eggs. Turtle eggs will be safely retrieved and stored at an incubator at Riverhouse until they hatch. They will be released near their original nests in late August.
You are invited to participate by sponsoring a baby turtle. Your donation will be acknowledged with a certificate and the chance to get advance registration to Turtle Hatchling Release sessions, which filled up quickly last year.
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

Friends of Petrie Island Tent- photo by Greg Scriver