I don’t recall ever being to Petrie Island before. So it was a bit of an adventure. To get there, it’s a dirt road marked with warning signs of “turtle crossing”. Alas, the speed limit (merely a suggestion, if one goes by the speed of other vehicles ) is 50 kmh so one would never see the turtle let alone the kids that might be walking to the beach on this sidewalk-free bit of exurbia.
Part of the beach is named for the Orlean’s family that sailed around the world on Northern Magic, Herbert and Diane Stuemer (and their 3 kids).
At the far end of the beach (ie, upriver and inland part) there is a turtle walk. And many turtles did we see: snappers, blandings, and one other. The very edge of the riverbank is fenced off with a tight-weave mesh, whether to keep the turtles in or the humans out was not clear.