Friends of Petrie Island

Petrie summer programs and supervised beaches are closed for the season. However, trails, flora, fauna and spectacular scenery still available!

Parking machines have been removed. Portapotties are still accessible.

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

Ticks at Petrie

With cases of Lyme disease having risen sharply in Ottawa over the past two years, visitors to Petrie Island should consider following the advice of the City Public Health Services.

L’incidence de la maladie de Lyme a augmenté rapidement depuis deux ans à Ottawa. Les visiteurs à l’île Petrie devraient suivre l’avis des Services de santé publique d’Ottawa

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 now enjoy access to Petrie Island greenspace and beach. Use of park amenities such as the playground, picnic tables and benches is permitted. The parking lot is open. 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 September 18, the Government of Ottawa limits 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 will be conservation work with some programming for individual households or intact social circles.  Please observe COVID-19 restrictions including 6 foot physical distancing, good respiratory and hand hygiene and staying at home if you feel unwell.  

  • Clean up Day- tbd
  • Turtle Day- cancelled for 2020
  • Petrie Island Plant Group – Tuesday evenings to discusses local flora and develop the wildflower garden- on hold
  • Wednesday Work Days- Wednesday mornings from 9- 12 until October.  Meet at the Tool shed.
  • Tree Inventory– will be done by summer staff
  • Family and Friends Naturalist sessions on request
  • Tent and picnic rentals available on request 
  • Turtle conservation- ongoing
  • Invasive species removal- ongoing

For requests please email us:

Friends of Petrie Island