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 the largest ice fishing community in the Ottawa area.
At Oziles' we offer canoe and kayak rentals, tackle, live bait, storage, boat launch and ice fishing. Our store hours vary by the season but we are open year round, seven days a week.
As you are all aware rising water levels have presented quite a challenge to our little marina. As you can see by the pictures the situation around the store and shop is quite dire. Thankfully the section of land near the large ramp and the road leading to the back of the property as well as both of the large storage buildings are high and dry. Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to keep your stored items safe and secure. Our staff has been working hard, often in freezing waist deep waters, for hours on end, to move boats and trailers to higher grounds.
We also have some dock damage and will only be able to fully assess the situation once the water levels have abated. We thank all of you for your offers of assistance and your patience. We will do our utmost to be back in operation, albeit it will be gradual, as soon as we can.
We will continue to provide updates via our Facebook page as things evolve.
Update on our Facebook Page
Oziles' has had two Facebook pages for the longest time. The Oziles' Marina Facebook page was started when Facebook first came out and it was created as a personal page. Years later, we created a business Facebook page and we continued to update both. This has proven to be confusing for some, so we have dropped the personal page and will be focusing on our business Facebook page called Oziles' Marina and Tackle.
If you followed us on the Oziles' Marina page, it is now gone and you should follow us on the Oziles' Marina and Tackle Facebook page. Like us, follow us and post your photos of Oziles' and Petrie Island!
It is Canada's 150th birthday and the Ottawa area will be a big part of the celebration. Parks Canada are issuing free passes in honor of our big year. For all of 2017 this pass gives you unlimited opportunities to enjoy National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites across Canada and this includes the Rideau canal.
With this in mind, expect a busier boating season and likely longer waiting times at the locks along the Rideau. In addition, the July 1st celebrations will bring a large number of boats to downtown Ottawa for the fireworks. It will be a time to be careful and be very aware of your surroundings.
Shawn Ferrier did a flyover with his drone during the Petrie Island Ice Fishermen's Association ice fishing derby on Saturday, February 18. The video gives us a fantastic view of derby at its peak.
AED Defibrillator now at Oziles'
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:
It happens more than you think, deer spotted at Petrie Island. Where do they come from? Petrie Island is bordered by water to the north and a highway and residential area to the south, so we can only speculate where they came from.
If they came from the south, they would have had to cross busy highway 174 to get to Petrie Island. If they came from the north, they obviously came from Quebec and had to swim quite a distance.
In any case, they are now probable residents of Petrie Island and could remain here for some time.
Amelie paddling an Oziles’ Sponsored Para K1 Kayak
Amelie B Grandmaitre is a visually impaired kayaker who has the distinction of being the first to register as a winner of a new officially sanctioned kayaking category, VI or Visually Impaired. Canada is the first country to implement and recognize this category of kayaking, as of 2015.
The first official race took place last year at the Canadian Nationals which took place at the Rideau Canoe Club at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa. The person behind her is her guide which provides instructions as Amelie paddles, making sure she maintains her track between the marker buoys. The hope is that by having this category officially recognized more visually impaired athletes will join and compete.
Petrie Island: An Angler's Paradise!
The Ottawa River is known for its variety and abundance of fish. The area around Petrie Island offers some of the best fishing on the Ottawa River. That makes Oziles' Marina and Tackle a must-visit for a day outing. There are at least 30 species of sportfish to make your outing a day to remember. Species include walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskie, sturgeon and more! It all starts with a visit to our full service tackle shop.
For more information on how to experience a great day on the water at Petrie Island call The Oziles Tackle Shop at 613-841-0778.
On June 25, 2016, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of the boat ramp. Special guests included Mayor Jim Watson, MP Andrew Leslie, Councillors Bob Monette and Stephen Blais and our MPP Marie France Lalonde our MPP. Many Thanks to all who attended!
From 1000 B.C. to Today: Discover the History of Petrie Island
The islands were formed from clay and sand deposited following the end of the last ice age. The area's first inhabitants were probably Middle Archaic Indians in about 6,000 B.C. and then later by the Iroquois and Algonquin Indians from about 1,000 B.C.
In colonial times, it was the route to the west used by natives and Europeans. The first recorded Europeans to travel past Petrie Island on their way to the west were Etienne Brule and Samuel Champlain. The Jesuits and the fur traders were the first Europeans to use the route on a regular basis and the Iroquois used it for raiding parties against the Hurons. The first settlers moved into the area in 1800's and farmed as well as lumbered the area.
The island was named after its first documented owner, Archibald Petrie, an early inhabitant of Cumberland Township. In 1955, Donat Grandmaître purchased Petrie Island, intending to operate a sand extraction business, and at the same time to have a vacation spot for his family.