Visit Amherst Island
Discover the many reasons why folks love to visit Amherst Island. It’s an old-fashioned traditional rural community, with lots to see and to do.
It’s easy to visit Amherst Island.
A 2 – 3 hour drive from Ottawa or Toronto will bring you to our ferry. See contact us for detailed directions. Our ferry leaves the mainland on the half hour from 6:30 am to 1:30 am. For more information click here.
For information for sailors, there are government-maintained docks and excellent harbours for mooring your boat.
You can choose where to stay when you visit Amherst Island.
Your hosts will offer some meal options or you can choose housekeeping and bring your own food, supplementing from Island gardens and kitchens. (Our pie is renowned). The community-run diner, The Back Kitchen offers meals Thursdays through Sundays or holiday Mondays in spring and fall, and daily in summer. The Women’s Institute has a bake sale Fridays of each long weekend. Allen Farms has a veggie stall (by the ferry) Archibald’s Farm Fresh Eggs are available and Terry McGinn from Maplemarsh Farm and Barb Reid have produce at the weekly Saturday market.
There’s lots to do when you visit Amherst Island.
- explore over 40 miles of bicycle trails on the Island, most by waterfront, as well as many in the nearby area.
- enjoy our birding wealth, envied throughout North America
- have fun at our seasonal events: orphan lambs or shearing at Topsy Farms, Canada Day Parade, Fantastic Island Fiesta, Back Kitchen Talks, Women’s Institute Bake Sales, Fish Fry, Percheron wagon rides, Annual Cow Count, Dances, St. Paul’s Garden Party, Amherst Charters fishing summer and winter, The Wooly Bully race along the shoreline, The Fall Festival, and the Parade of Lights. An International Dry Stone event took place September 2015 with many free activities for kids and adults, with more workshops planned for 2016. For information on the above check www.drystonecanada.com, the Beacon or CJAI radio, on the Amherst Island website. Or get a self-guided tour book at the Museum or The Wool Shed.
- St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, St. Albans Anglican Church and St. Bartholemew’s Catholic Church welcome you. (At present there are no regular services at the latter.)
- public sand beaches, and quiet corners with water and rock are here for your quiet pleasure.
Music abounds when you visit Amherst Island
- Waterside Music Festival attracts top international performers
- Emerald Music Festival is a joyous bluegrass and country Island event
- Our “Islanders” informal music group entertains at many events.
There are places to go when you visit Amherst Island
- The Neilson Store Museum and Cultural Centre
- The Weasel and Easel, Fine Art and Handicrafts Gallery
- The Wool Shed at Topsy Farms, offering lamb, sheepskin and wool products, and some garden produce and cut flowers, seasonally
- Shirley Miller at email@example.com has Watercolours Etc gallery in her home where she also offers classes
- Island Gallery at 125 MacDonald’s Lane is open seasonally by appointment. call Woody Woodiwiss at 613 384-0887
- Paper/Scissors/Stone at 12485 Front Rd is open seasonally by appointment. call Elizabeth Barry or Don Newgren at 613 389-7782
Media blankets Amherst Island
- CJAI 92.1FM Music from the Barn also broadcasts on the internet, with many live eclectic shows
- The Beacon, Amherst Island’s monthly 20 page (or so) newsletter is free on-line and has been published for close to 40 years.
There’s lots more too for you to discover when you visit Amherst Island.
You’ll enjoy the fact that there are far more sheep and cattle than people; that there are many services and a great deal of mutual-aid caring on our Island; that you can trust our ferry crew to guide you. Most of all, that when you visit Amherst Island we all wave at each other, confidently expecting you will wave back.