Ottawa Tourism

Petrie Island

Let’s head to the beach!  This island park in the Ottawa River boasts two large public beaches on the northeast corner and a third on the east bay – all favourites of volleyballers!  Pack a lunch or dinner –  there are dozens of picnic tables and lots of shaded areas. The Petrie Islands were formed at the end of the last Ice Age about 10,000 years ago, and were for centuries favoured hunting and fishing grounds for First Peoples.  Today, it’s a popular place for anglers, boaters, birdwatchers and nature lovers.  Take a hike along one of three nature trails and try to spot painted turtles, snapping turtles and map turtles. Rare musk turtles have also been sighted.  For a natural escape within city limits, few places can compare to Petrie Island.

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Map of Petrie Island