Frontenac Islands


Welcome to Frontenac Islands

Island SunsetFrontenac Islands was formed in 1998 by the amalgamation of two of Ontario's oldest rural municipalities: Howe Island and Wolfe Island. Both islands can trace their European roots back to New France, but it was only in the years after the War of 1812 that settlement took place in any numbers.

The islands are named after two of Britain's generals from the time period of the Seven Year's War: James Wolfe (d. Sept 13, 1759) and William Howe (d. 1814), a subordinate of Wolfe's at the Plains Of Abraham and later Commander-in-Chief of British troops in North America during the American Revolution. The islands' current names first appeared on a map in 1818 when Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen of the Royal Navy conducted a naval survey of the 1,000 Islands.

Today, the islands have a mixture of agricultural and rural lifestyles with a growing proportion of residents working off the islands in Kingston or elsewhere in Frontenac County.

The islands, situated as they are at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River, provide a unique location to live and work. Access to the mainland is by boat: both islands are serviced by ferries year-round with the addition of a seasonal ferry to the USA from Wolfe Island from May to November.

Wild Parsnip Information

The proliferation of Wild Parsnip has been a subject of great concern in the Township, and across the County and Province. These two pamphlets contain practical information about safeguarding against the toxic effects of this plant.

Wild Parsnip Pamphlet 1
Wild Parsnip Pamphlet 2

Invitation to Tender

The Township of Frontenac Islands are tendering for the following:
Tender No. 2015-53501
Ultra Low Sulphur Clear and Coloured Diesel

Rob Dillabough, CRS
Manager of Public Works
Cell: 613-532-5669

Copies are available here and Township Office at: 1191 Road 96 Wolfe Island Ontario

Tender Document
Addenda 1

Ferry Notice

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) advises that Transport Canada has issued a Temporary Certificate valid until June 30, 2017, now allowing the Ministry to carry passengers on trips transporting defined dangerous goods. Following the regularly scheduled designated dangerous goods ferry trip on Thursday July 30, 2015, there will be no designated dangerous goods ferry trips for propane and gasoline highway tankers with a capacity of less than 20 000 Litres classified as; UN1075, LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GASES, Class 2.1, UN1203, GASOLINE, Class 3, Packing Group II, or UN1978, PROPANE, Class 2.1. The federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act requires that dangerous goods tankers be transported one tanker at a time on any regularly scheduled ferry trip. This also applies to empty, but un-purged mobile units that previously carried the above noted dangerous goods on the return trip. Dangerous goods carriers will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have any questions, please call at 613-544-2220 for more information.