The Friends of the Petawawa Research Forest was established to support, promote, and protect the Petawawa Research Forest for continued scientific study, environmental education, and public recreation.

The Friends of the Petawawa Research Forest, Inc. was established by a group of volunteers in 2002 to:

  • create awareness of the valuable potential of the Petawawa Research Forest (PRF) for continuing scientific study, education, and public recreation
  • generate support for the PRF through a non-political, non-profit organization with charitable status and which is at arms-length from the government
  • help secure the viability and future of the PRF
  • promote environmental awareness among children and youth through formal instruction and hands-on opportunities

Fall 2022 Deer Hunt

Beginning Friday, November 4, 2022, the Forestry Rd bridge will be closed to any access whatsoever and the Highway 17 / Clouthier Rd entrance to the PRF will be closed to the public for the annual deer rifle hunt. These two entrances will open again in the afternoon on Monday, November 21, 2022.

Petawawa Research Forest Virtual Tourcreated by the Canadian Institute of Forestry

Summer Access

Between Victoria Day weekend and Labour Day Weekend, if the Fire Weather Index is Low or Moderate, PRF staff intend to have have the gates open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If the FWI is high or extreme, the gates will be kept closed. Gate closure is to restrict vehicle access, not people access.

Walking, cycling, and passive recreation throughout the PRF is welcome, but please respect the forest environment and do not light fires. Please note the rules posted on Kiosk signs on site.

Check out our Facebook page: Friends of the Petawawa Research Forest — join our group: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofPRF/