Frontenac 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.
The Township of Frontenac Islands will hold a regular meeting of Council on Monday, August 11, 2014 6:30 p.m. to be held at the Howe Island Municipal Office.
Darlene Plumley, CAO/Clerk
Public Information Sessions
- August 14, 2014 at 6:30pm at Sacred Heart School on Wolfe Island
- August 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm at St. Philomena’s Parish Hall on Howe Island
You are invited to attend a public meeting to review proposed updates to the Township’s Zoning By-law and recommendations contained in the Township of Frontenac Islands’ Waste Recycling Strategy and Landfill Closure Plan and Transfer Station Design and Operation Plan for Wolfe Island Waste Disposal Site.
Click here here to read the notice of public meeting for the Zoning By-law, with a description of the proposed zoning changes.
Visit www.FrontenacMaps.ca/FIZoning to view the proposed zoning maps