Friends of Petrie Island

Programming at Petrie Island is concluding for the season. Most summer staff have finished, as have all City of Ottawa lifeguards.

The last day for picnic reservations and Naturalist sessions is Sept. 5. The beach pavilion will also close Sept. 5.
Wednesday morning work days will continue into October.
Stay tuned on Facebook and here for future Turtle Release events which are dependent on the eggs.
A few turtles have been released Aug. 29.

Petrie Island remains open for the public to enjoy! Fall is a spectacular time to visit.

Are you a nature lover? Are you passionate about Petrie?
Check out the benefits of becoming a member and joining volunteer opportunities.

Welcome to Petrie Island. Please respect the park rules

These rules protect the flora and fauna of Petrie Island and add to our visitors’ enjoyment. For example, dogs are not permitted anywhere on the Island.
Please follow COVID-19 protocols:

  • Keep at least two metres away from others.
  • Wear a mask if distancing not reasonable.
  • Stay on the trails. You may step off the trail to let others pass safely and maintain physical distancing.
  • Effective July 16, 2021, the Government of Ontario is allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people.
  • Please do not visit the island if you feel unwell or have symptoms.

  • 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.

Friends of Petrie Island –  2021 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.  

  • Wednesday Work Days- Wednesday mornings 9-12 
  • Nature Trail maintenance
  • Lookout Benches
  • Clean up Day
  • Tree Inventory
  • Family and Friends Naturalist sessions 
  • Tent and picnic table rentals-
  • Barbeque permits-
  • Interpretive signage
  • Dogwood maze and Fairy House
  • Driftwood sculptures
  • Wildflower Garden
  • Turtle conservation- ongoing
  • Turtle Release Days
  • Invasive species removalongoing

Join us by purchasing a membership and/ or becoming a volunteer.

Friends of Petrie Island