Petrie Island Hike

Spring Hike at Petrie Island 


When: April 3rd, 2016: Sunday.

Time: Meet at 9:00 am

Meeting place: on official Parking lot at Petrie Island


Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Questions: by email ( ) or by phone at 613-232-7297. 

Excursion led by Elena Kreuzberg

Petrie Island is one of the most interesting natural areas in Ottawa, recognized as a Provincially Significant Wetland. This area, located closely to Ottawa River and new fast-growing Orleans community, still serves as an important area for many wildlife species, including amphibians, turtles, birds and mammals. The beavers on Petrie Island are usually very active in the early spring and we can explore where they built a dam this year. Early spring is time for migration of first waves of waterfowls, birds of prey and some passerines. This time we’ll explore what duck species stay on the lake. We also will ask Friends of Petrie Island to tell us about history of this place and conservation work, which provides for this grassroot organization.  

Take your cameras and snack for refreshment. Be prepared in accordance with weather.


 Our hikes are offered on a rain or shine basis, unless dangerous weather is forecast to occur, please dress for the weather.

 We ask for a donation of at least $5.00 per person to offset the cost of organizing the hike, but also to help raise funds for CPAWS Ottawa Valley conservation programs. 

 Snowshoe passes must be obtained for hikes in Gatineau Park. We are unable to provide them, but they may be obtained at the Gatineau Park visitors centre in Chelsea. 

 Planning to come? Let us know! We appreciate knowing approximately how many people will be joining us.  Please bring water and snacks for the trail, a camera, binoculars and extra socks / gloves are always useful. 

 Need snowshoes? Contact us, we may be able to provide a few pairs. If not, we recommend renting them at Mountain Equipment Co-op.