Welcome to Oziles' Marina and Tackle Shop
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.
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A Message from Yves Grandmaitre
To all of my present and past clients, acquaintances and visitors: after 14 years of being at the helm of Oziles’, time has come for me to move on to different projects.
As of Monday, October 16th, there will be a new owner at Oziles’. Eric Theriault, owner of the Rockliffe Boat House will be greeting you and assuming ownership responsibilities for the marina and all operations. Familiar faces will remain as both John and Mathieu will continue in their roles and will be supporting Eric with his plans for Oziles’.
Over the years I have come to know many amazing people, live unique experiences and acquire amazing memories to easily fill a couple of books. I thank all of you who have accompanied me on this journey and wish you all safe boating, fishing, paddling, ice fishing, bird watching or whatever activity that brought you to our doorstep. Warm Regards to all.
The end of an era at Oziles' Marina
by Yves Grandmaitre
Many many years ago, the store at Oziles' was known as the small white end to end huts installed near the old entrance by Claude Moreau. The front half was the store and bait shop. The back half was a lunch table and sleeping couches for Claude and his cronies on those night when he was too tired to go home. I'm sure those couches also heard their fair share of fishing stories from the buddies stopping in for a smoke and a beer, maybe even a little rye.
I remember that store well as I was one of those that would come to visit and check things out. I also remember it well as they were not designed for a 6'4" person such as myself!
Upon Claude's retirement the Fournier brothers arrived and "renovated". They removed one of the partition wall, made an office in the back (no couch no more), painted and made the place more appealing. After 2 years they decided to move on.
That's when the tall guy arrived (me!). We continued to operate out of the old store for a few years before we outgrew the space (and I was tired of banging my head against the cross members!) After we moved into the existing store, the old one became storage. Off season fishing gear, trade show booth, winter clothing, a lot went into the old space. But
it was starting to show it's age. Remember, this was 4 ice fishing huts put end to end with inner walls removed! I knew that before long it was going to have to come down. But it was sentimental. Every year we have had people park their cars and walk over to the old store, soon to realize that it was locked, then noticing the big store! One knew these folks had been coming for a long time but had not been recently. Ah the stories.
I would regulalry look at the old girl, telling myself, I need to take it down before it collapses. Another winter would come and go, and there she was come spring time, as if nothing to it. Well mother nature had other plans and has decided to force our hand. The floods this spring brought about 3 feet of water into the old store. Enough that a decison was made, that was it. Come autumn, the store had to go. In the last two days, thanks to hard work from Trevor, it is no longer. Two and a half roll off bins later and a couple of loads of crushed stone, there is nothing left to show other than a couple of old wires sticking out from the ground and some pictures. An era has come to an end.
Develop your boating skills online
A new online boating safety program was recently launched targeting new boaters, particularly new Canadians who may be experiencing recreational boating for the first time. START Boating is a comprehensive program designed to teach basic boating and water safety skills.
The program consists of a series of online, interactive videos, which guide the user through the basic skills needed to safely enjoy a day on the water. While suitable for all boaters, the program was developed with Canada’s growing immigrant population in mind. Programs include kayaks, canoes, SUPs and powerboats.
A study commissioned by the Lifesaving Society found that 31% of new Canadians planned to participate in boating activities during the summer months. With that, the program is available in many languages including English, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese, Hindi and Tagalog.
The START Boating website >>>
A New Tourist Guide for Ottawa & Gatineau
A new Ottawa area tourist e-book was just released. The Organized & Self-Guided Tours Ottawa & Gatineau by Diana Kirkwood provides various tour options available while visiting the Ottawa & Gatineau area.
The reader can choose to take an organized or a self-guided tour depending on their comfort level and where they want to go.
The e-book is available to download at kobo.com.
Canada Day at Petrie Island
This year, Canada Day returned to Petrie Island. Unfortunately weather did not cooperate much during the day with rain and thundershowers off and on all day. For those who braved the elements this is a sampling of what they got to see shooting from the beach on a moonlit night.
Slowly Getting Back to Normal
The marina is slowly getting back to normal after the spring flooding in the area. We would like to thank all of our clients for the patience they have shown while we clean up and effect repairs resulting from the flood.
Our regular summer operating hours have resumed. They are daily from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Rental services will resume on Saturday, June 3.
The main gate to the marina was damaged in the flood and will be replaced soon. In the meantime, we are asking clients and visitors to enter by our second gate, just down the road from our main gate.
Our large ramp is useable although water is still very high and we have been unable to examine the lower portion of the ramp. Small and medium boats have launched with no issues.
We are asking that anyone that has items in winter storage that are not staying with us for the summer come by and pick up by June 4th. Beyond this date storage fees will start to accumulate.
Update on the flood situation
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!
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Expect a Busy Boating Season
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.
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Summer Services at Oziles' Marina and Tackle
Oziles' at Petrie Island offers a complete range of marina services, making us one of the leading full service marinas in the eastern Ottawa area.
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Oziles has easy small and large boat launch ramps for quick access to the Ottawa River. Boat launches at Oziles are by the trip or by the season.
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Enjoy the Ottawa River today with one of our boat rentals! Whether you're looking for a row boat, kayak, canoe, or paddle boat we have the rentals for you.
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Our Storage Services
Oziles' Marina and Tackle has safe and secure winter storage for all types of boats and trailers and summer storage for your ice fishing hut.
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Explore Winter at Oziles' Marina and Tackle
Ice Shack Storage
Enjoy the winter months in your ice hut and store your ice hut at our secure ice hut storage area near Petrie Island.
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Complete Ice Fishing
The Petrie Island area is home to some of the best ice fishing in Ottawa, and Oziles' gives you access to this beautiful fishing spot.
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