Updated October 2021
About Amherst, Howe, Simcoe & Wolfe Islands
We have included the larger islands in the Kingston area that are accessible by public ferry.
Amherst Island is 66 km2 and 20 km long, and is located between Kingston and Prince Edward County. It is located in Loyalist Township, part of Lennox and Addington County. It is one of the largest islands in Lake Ontario, about 3km offshore from mainland Loyalist Township. The population is 450, but doubles or triples in the summer. Amherst Island is known for fishing, cycling, sailing, birding, and for having the largest concentration of Irish dry stone walls in Canada.
Amherst Island is serviced hourly by ferry from Millhaven from 6:00 AM (island side) with the last ferry leaving the mainland at 1:30 AM. Visitor return fare is $10.
- Fire Department and Emergency Services
- Amherst Island Public School (JK-8)
- 2 churches with regular services: St. Paul’s United and St. Alban’s Anglican
- McGinns General Store – groceries, a Canada Post outlet, and an LCBO outlet.
- Public Parks: Sand Beach Wetlands Conservation Area (beach, walking path and deck overseeing the wetlands), Centennial Park (playground), Lane’s End Park (picnic area), and Stella Bay Public Dock.
- Neilson Store Museum and Cultural Centre which houses the Weasel & Easel Art and Gifts (Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving)
- The Back Kitchen Restaurant (Mother’s Day weekend to Labour Day)
- Topsy Farms sheep farm, walking trail, workshops, community events, and retail shop
Howe, Simcoe, and Wolfe Islands are all in Frontenac Islands Township on the St. Lawrence River, part of Frontenac County. The township’s mayor is Denis Doyle, and council consists of the mayor, deputy mayor, 1 councillor representing Howe Island, and 2 representing Wolfe Island.
Howe Island is 31 km 2 and 13 km long and is the fourth largest of the Thousand Islands. The population in 2011 was 602, expanding in the summer months.
There are no schools or retail stores on Howe Island, but it is connected by 2 ferries, one on either end.
Howe Island’s 24 hour cable ferries are $8 (return single car visitor fare):
- The Howe Islander on the west end goes to the mainland east of Kingston (15 cars).
- The ferry on the east end of Howe Island goes to the mainland west of Gananoque side (3 cars) and runs 6:30 AM to midnight.
Simcoe Island is 6 km long and 1.5 km at its widest point. The population in 2017 was 82. It is accessible by on-demand cable ferry from Wolfe Island.
Wolfe Island is is 124 km2 and 29 km long, and is the largest of the Thousand Islands. The population is 1400, doubling or tripling in the summer months.
- Wolfe Island Ferry from downtown Kingston, nearly hourly from 5:30 AM (island side) with the last ferry leaving the mainland at 2:00 AM. This is a free ferry. There is shuttle bus service from Marysville to this ferry in the summer months.
- Horne’s Ferry between Wolfe Island and Cape Vincent, NY, USA. Fare is $18.
- Fire Department
- A medical clinic, including appointments 2 days a week, walk-ins Thursdays, and Lifelabs pickup
- 2 elementary schools: Marysville P.S. and Sacred Heart C.S.
- KFPL Library Branch
- 3 churches: Anglican, Catholic, and United
- Fargo’s General Store which carries groceries, LCBO outlet, and a little bit of everything
- Big Sandy Bay beach, wetlands and woodlands
- Riverfront Golf Course
- 4 mapped bicycle routes
- Wolfe Island Boat Club (rent lasers, kayaks, paddle boards, canoes)
- Wolfe Island Gallery
- Several places to eat and drink
- Several small businesses and shops
- A seasonal food, art and products market at Wolfe Island Commons
Properties on The Islands
View our selection of available residential properties in the Islands.