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.

Accepting Tender Bids

Township of Frontenac Islands is accepting tender bids for:

  1. Road Side Mowing on Howe Island
  2. Standing Hay - approx. 9 acres. Part Lot 5, North Range, Howe Island - around township office.

Please drop off sealed bids to the Township Office by 12:00 pm. on May 28, 2015

For further information, please contact the Howe Island Office at 613 544-6348.

Shuttle Service

Starting Monday May 11th at 7:30 am.

A SHUTTLE SERVICE will be available for those who want to park and ride....
No more jockeying for a parking spot at the Dawson's Point Dock!!!
No more worrying about whether you'll make it to the ferry on time!!!
No more waiting in line!!!
Park at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church Lot and let the bus drop you off.
Hop on ... Hop off!!!

The scheduled hours will begin;

  • Weekdays 7:30 am pick up - last drop off at 6:45 pm
  • Weekends 9:45 am drop off - last drop off at 8:45 pm

Media Release: Improve your Wolfe Island Ferry Commute - Leave the Car, Ride the Shuttle


PUBLIC MEETINGS: The Township of Frontenac Islands is proposing to hold public meetings to continue the update of its Zoning By-law. Phase 1 of the update was completed in November 2014 and made technical corrections to the by-law, updated the mapping, and increased setbacks from waterbodies and wetlands. Open houses are now planned to begin Phase 2 of the review. The purpose of the open houses is to outline the Phase 2 process, receive feedback on the proposed review topics, and to hear suggestions on potential improvements to the by-law. The Township will be holding two open houses to discuss these issues.

Wolfe Island Open House:
June 1, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Community Hall (26 Division Street)

Howe Island Open House:
June 8, 4:00PM-6:00 PM
Township Office (50 Baseline Road)

A formal public meeting will be announced at a later date.

DETAILS: The purpose and effect of the Zoning By-law amendment is to:

  1. Ensure the by-law conforms to the Township’s Official Plan and is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement
  2. Update definitions, zone categories and development standards according to best practices, local characteristics, and public input
  3. Implement recommendations from studies such as the Marysville Community Improvement Plan

The proposed amendment applies to all lands in the Township.

FORMAL NOTICE: If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Frontenac Islands before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of Frontenac Islands to the Ontario Municipal Board. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Township of Frontenac Islands before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION related to the proposed Zoning By-law amendment is available during regular office hours at the Wolfe Island or Howe Island municipal offices or by contacting Peter Young, Community Planner, County of Frontenac at 613-548-9400 ext 359 or

Dated at the Township of Frontenac Islands this 1st day of May, 2015
Carol Dwyre
Deputy Clerk/Treasurer/Planning Co-ordinator
Township of Frontenac Islands
50 Baseline Road, RR# 4
Gananoque, Ontario, K7G 2V6
Phone: 613-544-6348
Fax: 613-548-7545