Welcome to Amherst Island

Amherst Island is located in Lake Ontario west of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The island is part of Loyalist Township in Lennox and Addington County. Amherst Island is located about 3 kilometres (2 mi) offshore from the rest of Loyalist Township and access to the island is by way of the Frontenac II ferry from Millhaven.

The main population centre on the island is the village of Stella, which is the where the ferry lands on the island side. Harrowsmith Country Life  declared the island’s local hamlet, Stella, as one of the “prettiest towns in Canada”.

This page is offered and maintained by the Amherst Island Community Alliance.

Points of Interest Map

Click on any of the points of interest on the map above to learn more about the business or location it represents. The map above is broken down into businesses, geographic areas of interest, etc. The map is printable through Google Maps, and paper copies are available at many locations on the Island.

I snapped a lot of photos this weekend, which was the drystonecanada members symposium on #amherstisland . But this is my favourite. We love these events because they bring professional wallers and enthusiasts from Canada, US, and beyond to build new walls or restore old ones. I’m a spectator and volunteer on the catering crew, and I get to meet these craftsmen & women and share a bit in their camaraderie. They come for that, mostly. They learn and build and enjoy Island hospitality but they just love seeing their peers and catching up and sharing ideas, a few pints and some craic. Thanks for coming, and for the walls, and the music and the craic (and the poetry drystonewaller !). #drystonewall #drystone #drystonewalls ...

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Northern flicker

At Sand beach wetlands conservation area

#birds #birdphotography #birdsnature #northernflicker #amherstisland #sandbeachwetlandsconservationarea #birdnature #ontariobirds #september2022 #wildlifebirds #ontariocanada
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When you buy LACGH Foundation 50/50 tickets you are helping to keep health care close to home for you and your loved ones in Lennox & Addington and surrounding area.

All proceeds from the draws go right back into our hospital for critical equipment and capital improvements.

Purchase your tickets today at https://bit.ly/3wGLu6o

Grand Prize Draw October 13, 2022
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Yellow-bellied sapsucker

#birds #birdphotography #birdwatching #yelloebelliedsapsucker #birdsofinstagram #wildlifebirds #ontariocanada #september2022 #naturephotography #imagesofcanada #amherstisland #birding #sandbeachwetlandsconservationarea
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Only three weekends left to get your fall finds at The Weasel & Easel before we close for the season.

Featured this week is a gorgeous hand woven apple picking basket with navy backpack straps, and a luxuriously soft and warm hand woven scarf in plum tones.

Open Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4

Whether you are starting your holiday shopping early, looking for a memorable Amherst Island souvenir or just in the mood for a fall refresh, the Weasel & Easel has wonderfully meaningful handcrafted goods, all made locally.

#GiftGuide2022 #shophandmade #shoplocal #amherstisland
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Dry stone wall builders from Canada, the United States, and Ireland will be resurrecting a century-old stone wall on Amherst Island as part of this year's Dry Stone Canada International Symposium.

You’re invited to join the festivities this Saturday and Sunday. Bring a picnic, come for the day, and visit Amherst Island! There will be a practice where kids can build their own structures, music by local musicians and island vendors.

Learn more by clicking the link in our bio! Find the Amherst Island Ferry schedule and fees at www.loyalist.ca/ferry

#ExploreLoyalist #LoyalistTownship #UnspoiledLA #naturallyla #lennoxandaddington #DryStoneWalling #DryStoneWall #CommunityEvents #stonework #restoration #AmherstIsland #ygk amherstislandradio naturallylennoxaddington kingstonist drystonecanada onculturedays
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Perhaps I postponed tonight's class prematurely?

I can't promise a rainbow tomorrow but unless there is lightning class is a go ♡

#nofilterchallenge
#amherstisland #endoftherainbow
#nofilter
#naturallyla #unspoiledla #lennoxandaddington #exploreloyalist #loyalisttownship
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Ready to Launch!!!

Topsy Visitors App.

Go to our bio and click the link ⤴️

This app has been months in the making.

The goal is to enhance a visitor's experience.

So many of our offerings are geared towards engaging the kids.

This app certainly has that in mind (Scavenger Hunt & Bee Activity).

However, the main purpose is to take a person on a guided tour.

What is the story of the A-Frame construction?

Who made the stone wall and how long has it been there.

We've been able to include links to videos of the construction and pics along the way.

Enable the GPS functionality and earn points visiting the different interest spots.

Earn enough points and be entered to win an awesome prize from the Wool Shed!

Shhhhh that's a secret that we're keeping from Ian.

Want to know more about Ian, the Topsy co-founder?

There is a whole section on "Meet The Staff".

That's a good reminder to upload the Walker profile along with Worker X.

Speaking of profiles (🙏 nailed that segué) - we suggest that you sign-up for the app before arriving and make your individual profile.

In this day of bot-accounts you'll need to use an email address and get a PIN - there is a way to then download the app onto your device.

Please let us know how this process goes for you... We want to make things as smooth as possible.

Want to know where the sheep and cows are?

There is a section for FAQ's.

When we level up, it would be great to include a map where the flock is moving (but that's not a today job).

Another level up will be narrating the tour.

There are a couple interest points along the Nature Trail.... That is another place where we'll need to do some upgrades.

We have just installed the first (of what will be many) art installation projects up in the forest in partnership with coyote.tales Studio and naturallylennoxaddington .

Thank you to our friends wpnt.co for the excellent service and patience.

Thank you for following our journey.

Thank you for helping us to keep the farmland as a farm.

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Please feel free to put this address into your internet browser ⬇️

app.topsyfarms.com
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#topsyfarms #app #ai #amherstisland #selfguidedtour
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5 Seed Saving Tips:

Keeping the Perfect Heirloom Tomato (Sally's Garden Stories)

Heirloom seeds are from tried and true varieties that have been saved for years/generations because of their desirable qualities - flavour, pest resistance, time of maturity etc.

Our model Ian Murray shows off a beauty!!

These tomatoes are considered the "best" of the original 'open pollinated' seeds and can reproduce the parent plant.

They are disappearing at a fast rate with the advent of hybrid seeds, which people create by crossing varieties for whatever purposes large growers want - size (to fit in shipping boxes), appeal to shoppers, etc.

Hybrid seeds cannot reproduce the parent plant.

If you have found a heritage tomato that you really like, this is how to save the seeds for next year:

1. Put tomato seeds in a jar with about 4 times as much room-temperature water.

2. Leave the jar on a counter or windowsill for a few days, stirring or shaking once or twice a day. The good seeds sink to the bottom while debris and non-viable seeds go to the top.
3. In 3-4 days, carefully pour off the water on the top and pour the remainder into a strainer to be rinsed.

4. Leave the seeds to dry right in the strainer (out of direct sunlight) for a few days. Break up the clumps with your fingers and leave to dry more.

5. When fully dry, store in a labelled paper envelope and put that envelope in a sealable plastic bag. Do not store directly in plastic.

Saving and sharing heirloom seeds helps save the world's biodiversity.


... Want to learn more....?

Our friend and neighbour, Mayo Underwood, owned and operated Underwood Gardens for years, seeking and testing and saving the best of the best she could find.

Her personal favourite is called Mayo’s Delight, now grown annually at Topsy.

She wrote a book we recommend:

Vegetable Garden Seed Saving by Mayo Underwood

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#SallysGarden #SeedSaving
kubotaCanada #garden #victorygarden
#gardening #gardens #growfoodnotlawns
#biodiversity #seeds #ygk #napanee #torontolife #torotogarden #gardenlove #gardenlife #amherstview #amherstisland #kindredspirits #kingston #model #tomatoes
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The blacksmith’s on Amherst island. Just off the ferry, in Stella. In the world of At Last Count, this would be on Paisley’s route home. Love this beautiful building. #amherstisland #AtLastCount invisibooks #CanLit ...

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Dry stone wall builders from Canada, the United States, and Ireland will be resurrecting a century-old stone wall on Amherst Island as part of this year's Dry Stone Canada International Symposium.
You’re invited to join the festivities on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday September 25. Bring a picnic, come for the day, and visit Amherst Island! There will be a practice where kids can build their own structures, music by local musicians and island vendors.
Learn more by clicking the Events link in our bio! Find the Amherst Island Ferry schedule and fees at www.loyalist.ca/ferry #ExploreLoyalist #LoyalistTownship #UnspoiledLA #naturallyla #lennoxandaddington #DryStoneWalling #DryStoneWall #CommunityEvents #stonework #restoration #AmherstIsland #ygk amherstislandradio naturallylennoxaddington kingstonist drystonecanada
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Sailed right into the bay yesterday… beautiful!
Photo cred- our neighbour 😀

#moxieadventures #goodoldboat #sailinglakeontario #sailinglife #sailinglove #sailingforever #ketchsailboat #sailing #alliedseawind #lakeontario #lakeontariosailing #ygk #kingstonontario #ketch #ketchboat #classicsailing #classicsailboat #springsailing #springsail #amherstisland #wolfeisland #sailboats #sailboat #classicboats #alliedseawind2
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What a difference a month (and some rainfall) makes! #amherstisland #countrygarden ...

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I’m precious and I know it 💎

#gem #cantbebought #precious #corgi #corgisofinstagram #ygkdogs #amherstisland #spottheferry
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Save the date
09/24/22
10 am
Topsy Farms

Pollinator seed saving workshop with Sally

Suggested $5 donation to our adopt a bee program 🐝

Afterwards, wander over to our neighbours and watch the stonewallers work to restore an 1840s drystone fence.

#daytrip
#kingstonontario
#amherstisland
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Cape Vincent! Moxie was made in Catskill NY, 1969. She may not be close to there right now but it’s great to have her back in NY capevincent. And Orla and I are having a blast. A big thank you to svkicker for suggesting this spot! 🙂

#moxieadventures #goodoldboat #sailinglakeontario #sailinglife #sailinglove #sailingforever #ketchsailboat #sailing #alliedseawind #lakeontario #lakeontariosailing #ygk #kingstonontario #ketch #ketchboat #classicsailing #classicsailboat #springsailing #springsail #amherstisland #wolfeisland #sailboats #sailboat #classicboats #alliedseawind2
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