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.

MPP Kiwala to Host Town Hall with Ontario Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca

“I have listened to Islanders’ concerns about the delays at dry-dock for the Wolfe Islander III, the impact on their lives including the inconvenience of their daily commutes and the impact on local tourism and island businesses. I have greatly appreciated their patience, understanding, and cooperation and I share their disappointment at the latest delay associated with the construction of the new wheelhouse.

The Ministry of Transportation regional office and the municipalities have been working together to help alleviate some of the transportation pressures for residents and tourists and share up-to-date information with our community. While this has certainly improved the current situation, I know many commuters still face long line-ups and are worried about access to emergency services.

On September 24th, I invited Mayor Doyle (Township of Frontenac Islands), Mayor Quaiff (Prince Edward County) and Mayor Lowry (Loyalist Township) to meet with the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation at Queen’s Park and share first-hand the challenges their communities have faced as a result of the dry-dock and ferry arrangements.

I would like to invite our citizens to do the same. On Wednesday, October 14th, I am hosting an evening town hall with special guest Minister Del Duca for members of the public to share their experiences and concerns, ask questions and find out more information about the dry-dock process and the recently announced environmental assessment for a second ferry.

Community Hall (behind Town Hall)
26 Division Street, Wolfe Island
Time to be confirmed.

I encourage all those interested to attend the town hall session or, if unable, to continue to contact my office with their feedback so that I can share it with the Minister.”

-- Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands

Constituency Office

2-303 Bagot Street
Kingston, K7K 5W7


Raly Chakarova
Office of MPP Sophie Kiwala
Cell: (647) 226-1624
Tel: (416) 327-0185

Help improve your community!

Can you help improve the social, cultural, economic, and environmental fabric of your community? If so, consider becoming a Sustainability Steward.


Apply to become a member of the new Community Development Advisory Committee and help realize a sustainable future for the Frontenacs.

  • Recommend & implement short-term sustainability projects
  • Advise Council regarding long-term, regional sustainability issues
  • Improve community engagement

Fill out the attached application form and submit it by 4pm on September 11, 2015 to:
Jannette Amini, Manager of Legislative Services/Clerk
County of Frontenac
2069 Battersea Road
Glenburnie ON K0H 1S0
Or Fax to: 613-548-0839
Or E-mail to:

Application for Appointment to Committee

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