8 a.m., Aug. 18)
Volunteer group celebrates 15 years of celebrating Petrie
there was a park, before there was a beach and a Canada
Day Celebration, before there were even nature trails
there were the Friends of Petire Island.
volunteer organization was founded in 1997 to promote
the conservation of the western portion of the Petrie
Islands and the develop.m.ent of passive recreation facilities
on the western portion of the main island.
the years they have become the de facto caretakers of
the islands and their inhabitants, most notable the turtles,
muskrats and racoons that have become synonymous with
Petrie Island. They built the island's first nature trails
and turned the cottage into a nature centre.
the past 15-years one man has beccome as synonymous to
the Friends of Petrie Island as the turtles have become
to the island itself. That man is Queenswood Heights resident
and his small band of nture enthusiasts have donated hundreds,
if not thousands of hours to protecting and conserving
the island's natural habitat including more than 29 rare
plants and fauna that are found along the nature trails.
was also responsible for developing and maintaining the
island's original public beach near the cottage, also
known as the west beach. With it's shallow water and picnic
tables, it is more popular with families than the main
families and seniors come this way," explained Tweddle.
"More of the youth go to the main beach, but this
is an area everyone can enjoy. The water here has been
open for swimming almost every day."
councillor Bob Monette says FOPI laid the groundwork for
turning Petrie Island into the destination location it
has become today.
has become not only a destination for festivals, like
the Haitian festival, Carivibe festival and Canada Day,
but it's become a destination for anybody who wants to
take nature walks and wants to partake in environmental
programs, etcetera," says Monette.
can learn more about the Friends of Petrie Island and
the islands themselves by visiting www.petrieisland.org.
You can also become a member for just $10 a year.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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