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.

Public Tour of Municipal Facilities and Road Network

The Township of Frontenac Islands will hold two special meetings of Council. One on Thursday November 19, 2015 at 8:30 am. at the Howe Island Council Chambers and one on Tuesday November 24, 2105 at 8:30 am at the Wolfe Island Council Chambers. The purpose of both meetings is to provide for a public tour of municipal facilities and road network.

Darlene Plumley, CAO/Clerk

Howe Island - November 19, 2015
Wolfe Island - November 24, 2015

Notice of Study Design Report Public Review Period

Docking Improvements
Morrison Hershfield Limited has been retained by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to conduct a Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study for Wolfe Island Ferry and Docking Improvements (see Key Plan, below).

The project will address short term and long term transportation needs for the Wolfe Island Ferry
and will build on a 2011 Planning Study Report. Improvements to existing terminals, both on and off shore, may include changes to the marshaling areas,
larger dock/mooring facilities, improved pedestrian and cycling facilities, including terminal

A Study Design Report (SDR) has been prepared and is now available for review and comment.
The SDR provides background information about the study, outlines how alternatives will be generated and evaluated, and how stakeholder input will be obtained through the study process. The SDR is available for a 45-day public review commencing November 9th, 2015 and ending December 23rd, 2015. We encourage you to provide us your comments.

Electronic versions of the SDR are available for review on the project website at:

The SDR is also available in hard copy for review at the following locations:

Ministry of Transportation
Eastern Region
1355 John Counter Blvd.
Kingston, ON
K7L 5A3

Township of Frontenac Islands
Office of the Clerk
Box 130, Road 96
Wolfe Island, ON
K0H 2Y0

City of Kingston
Office of the Clerk
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON
K7L 2Z3

County of Frontenac
Office of the Clerk
2069 Battersea Road
Glenburnie, ON
K0H 1S0

Kingston Frontenac Public Library
Wolfe Island Branch
10 Highway 95
Wolfe Island, ON
K0H 2Y0

Kingston Frontenac Public Library
Central Branch
130 Johnson Street
Kingston, ON
K7L 1X8

We are interested in hearing any comments or concerns that you may have with the study. For further information or to be added to the project mailing list visit the Contact Us page of the project website at, or please contact:

Mr. Edward Li, P. Eng.
Project Manager
Morrison Hershfield Limited
235 Yorkland Boulevard
Suite 600
Toronto, ON M2J 1T1
tel: 416-495-4228
fax: 416-499-9658


Ms. Tina White
Senior Project Manager
Ministry of Transportation
1355 John Counter Blvd.
Postal Bag 4000
Kingston, ON K7L 5A3
tel: 613-545-4871
fax: 613-540-5106

Regular Meeting of Council

The Township of Frontenac Islands will hold a regular meeting of Council on Monday November 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm. at the Wolfe Island Community Hall, 26 Division Street, Wolfe Island.
Darlene Plumley, CAO/Clerk

Agenda Part 1
Agenda Part 2