What's New

February 20, 2018

Please be advised that the anticipated opening of the new temporary docks at Millhaven and Stella is scheduled for the week of March 5, 2018 (this date is weather dependent).

The new temporary docks are end-loading which should improve ferry operations by allowing traffic to drive straight on and off the ferry.

NOTE: There will be a change to the way you board the ferry and the public parking will be relocated as shown in these images for Stella and Millhaven.

January 30, 2018

Work has been delayed on the Amherst Island Ferry Docks Improvements project due to recent extreme weather conditions. As a result, Rankin Construction has been granted a Noise Bylaw exemption from Loyalist Township that allow crews to work 24-hours a day, five days a week, between January 29 and February 24, 2018. Ferry service will not be affected by this work.

The work will be done from a barge on the water. Generally, the work will be moderately noisy with occasional periods of unavoidable loud noise. Temporary lighting will also be required during night work for the safety of the crews. Rankin will schedule noisier tasks to avoid early morning and late-night hours as much as possible.

Follow us on Twitter @A_I_ferrydocks and visit this website throughout construction for information and updates.

January 24, 2018


Work continues for the Frontenac II to start operating from the newly-constructed temporary end-loading docks, while the existing permanent docks are demolished and the new ones are built.

The specific date for this change is weather dependent and will be advertised two weeks in advance through our Twitter feed, website, and email to those on our mailing list. In addition, signage and flag persons will be on-site during the transition.

You should have received a Construction Notice providing information about the ongoing work, how you will be affected, the estimated timing and duration of construction, and where to get more information. The Notice also contains important information about temporary changes to the parking arrangement, and the way you will board and exit the ferry. You can find the notice here. Notice

Follow us on Twitter @A_I_ferrydocks and visit this website frequently throughout construction for current information and updates.

December 15, 2017

Good news, the end-loading ramp installation on the Frontenac II is complete! That means we are finished with this night work and the ferry schedule is back to normal. Thank you for your patience as we work to stay on schedule.

October 20, 2017

There will be parking changes at the Amherst Island Ferry Docks beginning Monday, October 23. Parking at Millhaven will be reduced to 8 – 10 marked spaces, while 15 marked parking spaces will be available at Stella. We are looking for opportunities to add additional parking at Millhaven. Please plan ahead. We apologize for the inconvenience.

September 29, 2017

Construction at the Amherst Island Ferry Docks starts on Monday, October 2, 2017 and will be completed in four stages. If you live near the ferry docks, you will receive a Notice that provides details of the four stages, estimated timing, duration of construction, and where to get more information. You can also view the Notice on our website.

The first stage of construction occurs during fall 2017 and the 2017/2018 winter and involves construction of temporary end-loading ferry docks. During this time, vehicle queueing/marshalling, ferry operations, and travel patterns at Stella will not change. At Millhaven, marshalling will be reduced from 36 spots to 33 spots, but you will continue to board and use the ferry as you do now. Parking at both terminals will be temporarily reduced to five (5) parking spaces at Millhaven and fifteen (15) parking spaces at Stella. This is the maximum number of parking spaces that can be provided due to the limited amount of available space. Once construction is complete, parking will be expanded to accommodate twenty-six (26) marked parking spaces at Millhaven and thirty-five (35) marked spaces at Stella.

Ferry operations will move to the newly constructed temporary end-loading docks beginning this winter. Signs and other advance notice of this change will be provided, and additional staff will be on-site during the early days to assist in a smooth transition to the new marshalling areas and temporary docks. Updates will be provided via mailout, email, and through the project website prior to each construction stage.

Follow us on Twitter @A_I_ferrydocks and visit this website frequently throughout construction for current information and updates.

September 13, 2017

The Ministry of Transportation and Rankin Construction Inc. are following the regulatory approval process that is required to complete the design and construction of the Amherst Island Ferry Docks Improvements.

All approvals must be in place to ensure that regulatory requirements are met and the process is open and transparent. We continue with site preparation so that construction is ready to begin when final approvals are received. You will continue to see some activity on-site as we get ready for construction in fall 2017.

Future updates will be available on this website and through our Twitter feed @A_I_ferrydocks. Watch your mail for a Construction Start Notice, which will contain information on the timing and duration of upcoming construction. A copy of the notice will also be placed on this website.

August 17, 2017

Off-shore drilling to take place beginning August 21 (weather permitting) in support of geotechnical investigations. No impact to ferry service.

August 3, 2017

In-water survey work will take place around the Amherst Island Ferry docks over the next two weeks. This work will not impact ferry service.

June 20, 2017

A Design and Construction Report (DCR) has been prepared and is now available for review and comment. The DCR can be viewed on our Documents page. The DCR is available for a 30-day public review starting June 21, 2017 and ending July 21, 2017. If you have any comments or concerns with the project, or the findings of the DCR please submit them through the Contact Us page. The project will be eligible to proceed to construction in summer 2017 following the completion of the 30-day public review period and acquiring permits and approvals. The Project Team will respond to all comments generated during the 30-day public review; however there is no opportunity to request a Part II Order (‘bump-up’) from the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

June 14, 2017

On June 8, 2017, there was a three-hour disruption in the ferry service to Amherst Island between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. due to a cable getting caught in the propeller of the Frontenac II.

The cable was part of a system being used for underwater survey work of the lake bed at Stella and Millhaven. This survey work is an essential part of pre-construction operations for the upcoming contract to improve the ferry docks and involved placing a sensor cable in the channel with one end tied at the shore and the other end tied to an anchored buoy in the water.

As the ferry came into the Millhaven dock at 11:30 a.m. the current generated by the ferry pulled the cable from the shore into one of the ferry propellers causing the engine to slow down. The ferry crew immediately shut down the drive unit and ferry service was disrupted while a dive crew was quickly called to the site to remove the cable and inspect the propeller for damages.

The ferry crew then took the vessel out with no vehicles on board to do sea trials to confirm the propeller was operating properly in order to safely return back into service.

By 2:10 p.m. the ferry returned to the Millhaven dock and ferry service resumed.

Thanks to the swift response of Loyalist Township, the Ministry of Transportation and Rankin staff, the situation was resolved quickly and safely. The procedure to perform this survey work has been modified to ensure this does not occur again. Survey work is scheduled to continue during the week of June 19.

Rankin fully understands and appreciates the importance of the Amherst Island ferry service and regrets the disruption and inconvenience that occurred.


Rankin Construction Inc. (RCI) and their design consultant Morrison Hershfield (MH) have been selected by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to construct the Amherst Island ferry docks improvements. The project is located in Loyalist Township, within the County of Lennox and Addington (see map below).

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The Amherst Island ferry provides year round transportation to and from the mainland terminal in Millhaven to the Island terminal in Stella.

The recommended plan for the improvements was determined during an Environmental Assessment Study completed in January 2014.

Benefits & Improvements:

  • Easier access to and from the island;
  • Improved efficiency of ferry operations;
  • Better accommodation for increasing number of large commercial trucks and farm equipment;
  • Converting existing docks from side to end-loading;
  • Larger paved parking areas and sidewalks;
  • Upgraded bubbler system for winter ice control; and,
  • New terminal buildings with public restrooms, bike racks and staff offices.


  • Design phase to be completed in mid-2017;
  • Construction phase to begin in late summer 2017;
  • New end-loading docks in-service June 2019; and,
  • Project completion summer 2020.

Opportunities for public input and involvement will be provided throughout the project. These are further discussed within the Consultation section of this Project’s website.

This website will be updated regularly with information on future public meetings, construction scheduling and project documentation as it becomes available.

If you wish to submit feedback, be added to the project mailing list or submit a question, please use the Contact Us section of this website.