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.

Visit Amherst Island

Frontenac ll in morning mist

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. (Topsy Farms will rent one bike free from our Stella Bike rental store for groups coming to visit us.).


The Lodge, Foot Flat Farms and the B&B, Poplar Dell (613 389-2012) rent rooms or cabins. Contact us for further listings. Also search–ON/homes


Two women at market stall with berries and baking

Barbara and Leslie with fresh-picked berries and baking

Your hosts will offer some meal options or you can choose housekeeping and bring your own food, supplementing from Island gardens and kitchens. The community-run diner, The Back Kitchen, offers great meals.The Allen Farm has all their own fresh produce in season; eggs year ’round; beef, chicken and pork; and maple syrup they’ve tapped, available at a farm stand by the ferry. The Women’s Institute has a bake sale Fridays of each long weekend. Terry McGinn from Maplemarsh Farm and Barb Reid have baking and produce in season at the weekly Saturday market. McGinn’s Amherst Island General Store offers, drinks, snacks, breakfast and lunch sandwiches.


Chickadee feeding from a hand in the Owl Woods

Chickadee in the Owl Woods

  • explore over 40 miles of bicycle roads 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 eventsnurturing foster  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, Annual Winter Bird Count, Dances, St. Paul’s Garden Party, (Sat July 28th in 2018) 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 information check , CJAI radio, or the Amherst Island website. Or get a self-guided tour book at the Museum or The Wool Shed at Topsy Farms.
  • 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.

    Goup of sheep with guardian dog

    Rosie Peeking Out


Places to go when you visit 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. It was published for close to 40 years.

There’s lots more 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.


Cardboard-clad colourful 'warriors'

Cardboard Wars

Colourful chairs grouped by water

Water, rocks, sun and shade await