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Ferry Service

Frontenac II emerging from the spring mist
Frontenac II – Photo by Brian Little

The Amherst Island Ferry Service runs between the Millhaven Ferry Dock on the mainland side and the Stella Ferry Dock on a daily, year-round basis. Amherst Island regularly serviced by the 33-car MV Frontenac II, and during periods of prolonged maintenance is substituted by the 17-car MV Quite Loyalist.

The ferry is operated by Loyalist Township and the ferry is owned by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.


The ferry leaves Stella on the hour every hour from 6:00 am until 1:00 am. The ferry leaves Millhaven on the half-hour from 6:30 am until the last boat at 1:30 am.

The ferry leaves exactly on time when possible and does not wait for late arrivals. The ferry crossed the channel in approximately 20 minutes.

In the event of an emergency, the ferry prioritizes emergency vehicles, meaning that it will return to the mainland in mid-trip and attend to the emergency before resuming the regular schedule. This may include the removal of vehicles from the ferry to make room for emergency vehicles.

Dock Locations

Millhaven Ferry Dock, Mainland side – 5604 Highway 33, Millhaven, Ontario

Stella Ferry Dock – 1 Stella 40 Foot Road, Stella, Ontario


Fares are payable at the time of crossing (from the mainland to the island) by cash or cheque only. Books of bulk tickets may be purchased on the ferry to be used at crossing. For non-standard sized vehicles, more than one ticket may be required at the discretion of the purser. Bulk ticket price is $100 for 25 round-trip tickets.

  • Car, truck (under 1 ton), van, farm tractor or small school bus – $9.00
  • RV or car with trailer, large vehicles requiring up to two vehicle spaces, or large school bus – $18.00
  • Large vehicles and trailers or equipment requiring more than two vehicle spaces – $9.00 per space used
  • Motorcycle – $2.00
  • Bicycle – $1.50 

Note: An administration charge of $20.00 will be added to the fare for any motorist with insufficient funds to pay the fare. The administration charge is required to cover costs incurred to prepare an invoice.

Ferry Line Etiquette

It is important to be respectful and orderly while waiting for the ferry. At periods of peak usage, or diminished capacity (such as when the ferry is attending an emergency, or while being replaced by a smaller ferry), there can be a great deal of pressure on the ferry mustering areas on both docks. In these instances, it is vital to observe good ferry line etiquette and to listen to ferry staff on the docks when they are present.


  • Fill all lanes as you arrive
  • Pull all the way to the front of the line to ensure lines can be filled
  • Be mindful of your position in the line and wait your turn

Ferry User Notes

Frontenac II docking in the evening at the Stella Wharf
  • Regular ferry maintenance is scheduled in advance as often as possible and is announced in local newspapers, the Township website, ferry dock signboards, and household mailing to Island residents.
  • Prolonged unexpected breakdowns are announced on local radio stations and a message will be on the ferry office phone (613-389-3393). The Amherst Island radio station, CJAI 92.1 FM. Service updates will also be posted on Twitter, @island_ferry and on Facebook
  • Cell phone use while loading and unloading the Ferry is prohibited. Please pay attention and follow instructions from the ferry staff.

Guidelines for Larger Vehicles

The ferry has now converted to end-loading operations and as such, previous maximum length restrictions no longer apply. However, vehicles are still restricted to a maximum overhead clearance of 13 feet. Should you wish to load a vehicle exceeding that height, please contact the Ferry Office to discuss your particular instance; or bring the vehicle to the ferry dock for a test fit.

Amherst Island Ferry Dock Construction Project

Ontario Building Fully Electric Ferry for Amherst Island

Wooly Bully Races 5k/10k

Wooly Bully Races 5k/10k

The 8th Edition of the “Wooly Bully Races” Amherst Island, Ontario.

This Wooly Bully is a terrific family event that has three different distances: 1K Kids Fun Run, 5K/10K races.

The 10K counts for points towards the KRRA Race Series standings. The 10K is also the final event in the “Tri-Island Race Series“, which also includes the “Howe Island Hustle” and the “Wolfe Island 5K.”


5/10K events held on a very scenic out and back route along the South Shore of Lake Ontario.  There will be at least 2 aid stations, each kilometre will be marked.

1K Fun Run

A timed event for children 5-12 years of age on an out and back course. It will be timed but there will be no prizes for top runners.  Parents can run with their children if they feel it necessary but are not required to register.   Each child will receive a souvenir ribbon at the finish line and refreshments.


The race site is at the farm of Dave Willard, Amherst Island, 600 South Shore Road. Signs will direct you to the site once you leave the ferry. There will be portable toilets and a baggage check service will be provided.

Other Important Information

Amherst Island Ferry Info

Take the Amherst Island Ferry, located east of Bath, Ontario on Highway 33. The ferry departs from the dock located on Highway 33 (Bath Road), Millhaven, Ontario, every hour on the half-hour. The race start times are designed to give passengers on the 8:30 a.m. trip across ample time to land on Amherst Island, get to the race site and warm up. The ferry departs the Island every hour, on the hour.

Shuttle Service

Our bus shuttle will pick up runners at the Loyalist Public Works Facility, located on County Road 4 north of Highway 33 at Millhaven. It will depart at 7:45 a.m. and transport you to the ferry dock in Millhaven to board the 8:30 a.m. trip to Amherst Island. A bus will be parked at the dock in Stella to take you to the race site. The departure time from the site after the race is 11:30 a.m. It will return you to the Stella dock in time for the 12 noon crossing and the bus will be at the Millhaven dock to bring you back to your car. The charge is $10 per person and spots can be purchased during the online registration process.

Runners who opt to drive over can purchase their ferry ticket while registering online at a reduced cost of $5 each. They will be passed out on race morning at the Millhaven Dock.

Carpools are highly recommended, especially if travelling over on the 8:30 a.m. trip from Millhaven over to Amherst Island. You can meet at the Loyalist Works Facility (directions above) and carpool from that location for either the 7:30 or 8:30 a.m. crossing.



Online registration for the 2020 Wooly Bully Races is not yet open.

Race Kit Pickup / Final Registration

Saturday, August 15th. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Runner’s Choice, 56 Brock Street, Kingston.  Browse or pick up those last-minute items inside the store. Pick up your race kit or register for any of the three events at that time.

You can also pick up your race kit over at the race site on race day on Amherst Island, starting at 8:00 a.m. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

2019 Race Fees (not including online charges or HST)

1K Fun Run $7.00
10/5K Races – 19 Years and Under $12.00
10/5K Races – 20 Years And Older $35.00
KRRA Members (5K and 10K Races) $30.00

Post Race

The Amherst Island Emergency Services Association will serve will all runners a bar-b-que lunch (there will be veggie burger options), along with a soft drink and chips. There will also be some fruit and granola bars for all finishers along with water and Nuun electrolyte replacement. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the bar-b-que under the tents.


This page will contain information important for residents, such as the hours of operation of the township, landfill, and other services like the Amherst Island ferry.

Amherst Island Ferry

The Amherst Island ferry service runs from 6:00 am until 2:00 am seven days a week all year long, including holidays. The Island is serviced by the Frontenac II car ferry.

The first ferry leaves the Amherst Island side at 6:00 am and then every hour on the hour after until 1:00 am.

The first ferry leaves the Millhaven side at 6:30 am and then every hour on the half-hour after until 1:30 am.

There is a $9.00 round trip fee for the ferry service collected on the trip from Millhaven to Amherst Island. Bulk tickets can be purchased from the purser on the ferry for $100.

Amherst Island Land Fill

145 Dump Rd., Amherst Island
Open Wed. – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sat. – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sun. – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Payment at Amherst Island landfill is cash only

Island Activities

Amherst Island is a vivid place to visit with many places to see and things to do. Find out more on our Things to Do page.


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”.

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.

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The Island

The waters of Lake Ontario, the last one in the chain of the Great Lakes of North America, flow past Amherst Island into the funnel that becomes the St. Lawrence River with its thousand (actually closer to 1850) islands. (We like to think of our island as the First of the famed Thousand Islands.) The Island itself is shaped somewhat like a squid that is swimming away from Quinte’s Isle (a peninsula) in the southwest to the City of Kingston (Ontario, Canada) on the north-eastern shore of the lake.

Amherst Island and its archipelago (Nut Island, Grape Island and the Brother Islands) cover over 16,500 acres or 66 square kilometers (25.8 square miles). The Island measures over 20 km (12 mi) in length from Bluff Point in the southwest to Amherst Bar in the northeast and over 7 km (4.4 mi) at its widest point across.

The resident population of some four hundred souls swells to close to one thousand during the summer months. The village of Stella nestles around Stella Bay on the protected north central shore. A regular ferry service connects the mainland (from Millhaven) to the village (and the rest of the island).

The shoreline ranges from pebble and sandy beaches to limestone bluffs. Most of the Island is undulating meadow and pasture. However, remnants of mixed deciduous forest and other habitat give shelter and sustenance to deer, owls, and other wildlife.

The Eastern Lake Ontario / Thousand Islands Region

Amherst Island abuts Greater Kingston (Province of Ontario), the hub of the region on the Canadian side. Island residents routinely shop in and participate in the cultural life of Greater Kingston, and many work there. Administratively, however, the island is part of Loyalist Township in the County of Lennox and Addington with the county seat in Napanee, 38 km (24 mi) west of Kingston.

The region is an important crossroads: The Macdonald-Cartier Freeway (the ‘401’) and trunk railway line connecting Toronto and Montreal, as well as the route linking Ottawa with Syracuse and, ultimately, New York and Washington, D.C. traverse the area and offer excellent connections to these centres. Kingston Airport, with scheduled flights to Toronto, can be reached from the Amherst Island ferry in 20 minutes.

Queen’s University in Kingston, rated one of the best in Canada, enriches the academic and intellectual life of the region and has spawned a number of high-tech enterprises. Kingston also hosts major hospitals and correctional institutions. Important manufacturing industries and employers include ALCAN and Dupont in Kingston, KoSa and Bombardier in Millhaven, and Goodyear in Napanee. In the rural areas agriculture — dairy and mixed farming — retains pride of place.

The Canadian Armed Forces are prominent in the region. In addition to the Royal Military College, Kingston hosts a large Forces base, while a major air base is located at Trenton, 100 km (60 mi) west of Kingston.

The Thousand Islands are world famous, thus it is not surprising that the region with its myriad islands, lakes and waterways, its historical towns and cities, its rural charm and forested cottage country plays host to many visitors. The North Channel separating Amherst Island from the Mainland offers some of the finest sailing waters on the Continent. In 1976 Kingston hosted the sailing and boating events of the Summer Olympic Games. The CORK regatta takes place every August in Kingston and can be watched from vantage points on the Island.

Across Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River lies the U.S. portion of the region, with Watertown as its major hub. The two parts of the region are connected by the Thousand Islands Bridge spanning the St. Lawrence River at one of its most scenic spots. A less well-known route links Kingston with Watertown more directly, but takes longer: A ferry connects Kingston with Wolfe Island; a second ferry (does not operate in winter) links the island with Cape Vincent on the U.S. shore of Lake Ontario.


In addition to its prolific bird population, the Island is home to about five hundred deer, as well as raccoons and foxes. Coyotes have also settled here and are the bane of the sheep farmers. Neither groundhogs, skunks, nor blackflies are found on the Island.


The island enjoys warm summers and bracing winters. Lake Ontario exerts a moderating influence during both seasons, giving the island a longer frost-free season than the adjoining mainland (Zone 5), a fact much appreciated by gardeners. The ‘lake effect’ also shifts the onset of spring and the end of fall by as much as two weeks. This effect is most pronounced on the south shore of the Island where the lilac will start blooming when the north shore lilac has finished.

The prevailing winds come from the southwest, across the expanse of the lake. They moderate summer temperatures but give rise to impressive surf in the late fall. The summer breezes also discourage biting insects. Northerly winds prevail during the winter months. Perhaps another ‘lake effect’ is the amount of sunshine the island gets. Often the island basks in sunshine while the mainland is shrouded in clouds.


Amherst Island is located in Lake Ontario, 10 kilometres (6 mi) 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 is serviced by an automobile and truck ferry from Millhaven. The island measures over 20 kilometres (12 mi) in length from Bluff Point in the southwest to Amherst Bar in the northeast and over 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) at its widest point across. The island is about 70 square kilometres (27 sq mi) in size and is one of the largest islands in the Great Lakes.