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.

Special Meeting of Council

The Township of Frontenac Islands will hold a special meeting of Council on Thursday, July 2, 2015 6:00 p.m. at the Wolfe Island Municipal Office.

Darlene Plumley, CAO/Clerk


Invitation to Tender

Resurfacing – Tender No. 2015-53460

Supply and Place Surface Treatment on Township Roads
(Closing July 6, 2015)

Guiderail _ Tender No. 2015-53452

Supply and Install Steel Beam Guiderail on Township Roads
(Closing July 6, 2015)

Road Signs – Tender No. 2015-53451

(Supply and Deliver) Road Signs
(Closing July 7, 2015)

Perforated Steel Tubing – No. 2015-53451-2

(Supply and Deliver), Perforated Tubing (Sign Posts)

(Closing July 7, 2015)

Copies are also available at the Township office at: 1191 Road 96 Wolfe Island Ontario

Wolfe Island Waste Site is Implementing Organic Waste Disposal

On June 1st, 2015 the Wolfe Island Waste Disposal Site will start accepting Organic Waste.

The Municipality and the MOE have approved the placement of Organic Bins at the Wolfe Island Waste Disposal site. This will reduce the tipping fees and haulage resulting in reduced costs and fewer bins being transported. To do this, the Municipality has partnered with De Bruin Farms Biogas Organics (DFBO).

DFBO will supply and transport organic bins to the Wolfe Island Waste Disposal Site starting June 1. Bins will be well-labeled to identify where the organics should go. De Bruin Farms will remove and replace the bins on a weekly basis. The number of bins at the dump will depend solely on the amount of waste being collected.

What is done with the Organics?
The Organics are transported to De Bruin Farms and dumped into a holding tank, and then pumped into an anaerobic digester that heats the waste. The methane produced from the heated waste is used to fuel an engine that generates electricity for the grid. After some time, digester waste is pumped into a lagoon, after which time it can be used as fertilizer for farm land.

Countertop Household Organic Waste Containers can be purchased at the Township office for a cost of $4.00.

Acceptable Items in the Organic Waste Bin:

Baked goodsDairy ProductsGrease & Fat
CerealEggs/EgshellsMeat & Fish (raw and cooked)
Coffee grounds & FiltersFlour & GrainsNuts
Tea Bags & loose teaFruitHouse plants
Garden PlantsLeaves

Unacceptable Items in the Organic Waste Bin:

Aluminum foilBonesBranches / Stickes (wood)
Dead AnimalsBandagesChip Bages 9even copostable)
Clothing / textilesDiapersCigarette Butts or ashes
Fireplace ashesDryer LintDisposable mop sheets
Rubber productsGlassFeminine Hygiene products
Oils or lubricantsKitty litterIncotinence products
Takeout cupsMetalFrozen Juice containers
Vacuum bagsPet wasteWax cartons or wax paper
Wood chipsTwist Tiespolystrene foam packaging
bio degradable plastic bagsShavingsPlastic bags,containers and food wrap

Please be advised...

The manner in which the waste is disposed of will change on Wolfe Island

Due to Ministry of Environment regulations there will be no other option than to transport the waste and recyclables collected off the Island.

The official date for closing the waste site is September 8th, 2015.

Wednesday September 9th will be the first day for the waste bins.

Here are some of the changes you will see at the site...

  • The gates will swing in the opposite direction.
  • Directional signage will be installed to assist in the safe and consistent movement of vehicles through the transfer station site and to ensure the consistent placement of the bins.,/li>
  • A right turn will be taken immediately upon entering the site.
  • The proposed site design will consist of a “two lane ring road” with bins strategically placed in a counter clockwise direction.
  • Styrofoam will be collected and contained in a bin with a lid.
  • Organic Waste Containers will be available with collection on site

An Open House will be held on September 9th and 12th at the site to answer questions, educate residents and assist the public during the conversion.
During the transition process, the contractor will conduct their work in such a manner as to not disrupt the public during the scheduled hours of operation of the site. However, until the conversion is complete, some inconveniences should be anticipated. For example, users may be required to carry garbage bags up stairs to dispose of them into open top bins.
There will be no additional charges at the transfer site -- however it is even more important now for Island residents to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Please help us reduce by breaking down cardboard and organizing you recyclables in a manner which takes up less space … for example, squish your plastic bottles down.

For any questions concerning the transition, please contact C.A.O./Clerk Darlene Plumley or Waste Site Transition Committee Chair, Barb Springgay 613.385.1259

Residential Household Hazardous Waste can be disposed of at 196 Lappans Lane here’s how;
Pick up and fill out a form at the Township Office, there is a cost of $34.89.
Fill in what materials you will be taking and make sure you take it with you.

For more information on what Hazardous Waste material can be taken and the hours of operation please call the City of Kingston Customer Service at 613.546.0000.