Oziles is the gateway to beautiful Petrie Island. Petrie Island is comprised of the Grandmaitre Ecological Reserve, Stuemer Beach, and the Al Tweedle picnic area. With these three features Petrie Island offers many potential year round activities for outdoor enthusiasts and families!
The Oziles Marina and Tackle shop at Petrie Island is your number one stop for boating and fishing services in the Ottawa area. We are also host to one of the largest ice fishing communities in the Ottawa area.
At Oziles' we offer canoe and kayak rentals, tackle, live bait, storage, docking, small engine repairs, boat launch and ice fishing. Our store hours vary by the season but we are open year round, seven days a week.
PIIFA, our local ice fishing community is planning another ice fishing derby. The derby coincides with Ontario's Family Fishing Week-end on February 18. The week-end is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.
Over the years, the derby has raised money for various local charities but CHEO has been the benefactor for the past few years.
Derby contestants compete for prizes in 3 categories: the largest legal fish; the largest panfish; and the smallest legally caught fish. Al Macintyre, the President of PIIFA, tells us there will also be lots of participation prizes and there will a 50/50 draw to raise even more money for CHEO. He also said, "Don't go home after the derby because we always have some great entertainment that will last well in to the evening."
As with all PIIFA derbies, this is an invitational event. It is exclusively for the hut owners of Petrie Island, their invited guests, and people renting huts from the Oziles Marina in Baitshop Bay. If you are interested in organizing a derby or fundraiser at Petrie Island, please contact us or check out our fundraising page to see how.
The video is painful to watch but it might help save you in an emergency.
Most know the basics of safety on the ice but this video is a vivid refresher of what to do when you are alone and go through the ice. This video describes what occurs to your body after falling through the ice and how to perform a self rescue. The video was performed under the supervision of trained Fire & EMS professionals. Water depth was 10 feet and a life jacket was used as a safety precaution.
Something every public place in Ontario should have.
We recently received our new AED (automatic defibrillator). This unit, made by Zoll, provides voice commands for not only the use of the unit but also when doing chest compressions. It’s a fool proof unit that we hope we will never need to use. It is located in the store near the office door. If anyone would like to get a brief explanation of its use here’s a link to a video:
Our gift certificates are the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything.
Looking for something unique to give at Christmas? How about a one day ice-fishing package! Includes everything needed (except fishing license) for an adventurous day on the ice with a cozy ice chalet!
Oziles' gift certificates are available in any denomination. Stop by the Oziles' Marina store or call us at 613-841-0778 for more information or to purchase your gift certificate.
A look at our new Ice Condo!
The new Oziles' ice condo is just about ready for the upcoming ice fishing season!
Kudo's to the build team for such a great looking building. The ice condo is designed and built as two attached halves so it can pull out on the ice as two 8x16 sections, bolted together on the ice and you have a 16x16 of ice condo ready for groups and families! Heated with an oil furnace, dual burner propane cooktop and convertible benches all round. Now all we need is some ice!
A walk around our ice village in Google Street View
If you can't make it on the ice at Petrie Island, we have the next best thing! Google Street View on the ice!
Google Street View, the feature on Google Maps that shows high-resolution street-level images on the internet, is now at Petrie Island.
Limited to the west end of Baitshop Bay, you can go for a walk on the ice and see the blurred faces of some of our most famous ice fishermen.
It all begins near the bait shop where summer turns to winter as soon as you go through the entrance gates of Oziles.
Head down the road to the ramp and on to the ice road. Continue to where you see all the fishermen and see if you recognize anyone. Even more impressive about this Street View is you can actually walk in to several ice shacks near the fishermen.