What's New

November 16, 2021

While the buildings are substantially complete, occupancy permits have not been requested or issued, the water systems are not yet operational, and therefore the buildings cannot be opened. Rankin is working diligently with MTO to have the system operational as soon as possible. Once it is ready, the buildings will be opened, including the washrooms. Until then, the temporary washrooms will remain in place.

The focus for the construction operations has been to get the new dock ramps open in a safe manner with as little impact to the ferry operations as possible. Prior to being able to open the buildings, the water systems including chlorination, UV lights, filters, and monitoring and alarm systems is requiring collaboration between Rankin and their subcontractors, MTO who is the owner of the site, and the KFLA Health Department in order to place the systems into service. The process of coordinating the water systems with multiple players is proving to be a much lengthier process than what was originally anticipated. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this is causing the ferry users but until we have the system fully operational, guaranteed safe, and the occupancy permits, the buildings must remain closed.

Currently Loyalist Township’s role with the new dock facilities is limited to operating the new ramps and the ferry.

Additionally, we are looking into alternatives to the current configuration of the ramp sidewalks and will work with MTO and the ferry operator Loyalist Township to implement changes to enhance safety of the pedestrian access.

Questions/Comments? Visit the Contact Us page of our website.

October 18, 2021

REMINDER: paving starting tomorrow at the Stella dock. Ferry users will notice an increase in large truck traffic on the ferry over the next couple of days.

To facilitate paving near the ramp, the ferry will be out of service from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Tuesday October 19th.

Please follow the directions of onsite staff.

October 15, 2021

On October 19th and 20th (weather dependent) we will be completing paving activities at the Stella dock. To facilitate paving near the ramp, the ferry will be out of service from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Tuesday October 19th.

Ferry users will notice an increase in large truck traffic on the ferry during this period. Please look for onsite staff who will be directing traffic during this time and follow their directions during the period of asphalt paving.

Line painting will be completed on October 21st.

This work is weather dependent and rain may delay the progress. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

September 26, 2021

REMINDER: the transition to the new docks will occur TOMORROW for the 6:30am ferry leaving Millhaven and later in the day at Stella. Staff will be onsite to assist with the new traffic direction.

September 25, 2021

The opening of the new and permanent end-loading docks is scheduled for the MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27 (timing is weather dependent).

The transition at Millhaven will occur for the ferry leaving at 6:30am. The transition at Stella will occur later in the day.

Reminder that the upcoming transition to the new ramps will mean a change to how you access the dock at Millhaven. Marshalling at the Millhaven dock will reverse directions and the current exit will become the entrance to the marshalling area for first ferry on Monday onwards. Refer to the construction notice for details.

September 23, 2021

While some of the components of the docks are still being completed, operations will switch to using the new ramps at each dock soon.

Notification of the exact date of the switch to the new permanent docks will be posted on our website and twitter. The change will take effect before the first ferry of the day at each terminal.

There will be changes to traffic flow/orientation and changes to the locations of public parking and marshalling areas. Specifically, marshalling at the Millhaven dock will reverse directions and the current exit will become the entrance to the marshalling area. Please refer to the construction notice to see what this means to you.

Additional details on parking and passenger pick up/drop off can be found in the notice.

Staff will be present for the first two days of the new operations to assist with the new layout.

September 10, 2021

During paving, parking at Millhaven is limited, please avoid parking at the dock and walking on to the ferry.

Carpoolers: during paving today and Monday, please park your vehicles at the Rankin construction yard at 104 County Road 4.

September 8, 2021

Millhaven Paving Update: Due to inclement weather anticipated tomorrow, paving will now take place on September 10th and September 13th. In the evening of September 10th, marshalling will return to the existing marshalling area over the weekend until paving resumes on the morning of September 13th.

September 7, 2021

Additional information on paving at Millhaven:

Paving at the Millhaven marshalling area will commence on September 9th. The marshalling area will be moved to the west end of the dock area during the daytime paving operations. For a map of the temporary marshalling area click here.

Large truck traffic may experience additional delays when accessing the ferry. Please arrive early for your intended crossing.

Pedestrians and cyclists can wait in the designated area shown on the plan and await direction from staff on boarding the ferry. For vehicles picking up and dropping off pedestrians, please communicate with staff onsite for assistance.

School bus pickup/drop off will be assisted by onsite staff, please follow the direction of staff.

In the evening when construction has stopped, and when paving is complete on September 10th, marshalling will return to the existing area.

The work is weather dependent. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

August 27, 2021

Paving Update: Paving at the Millhaven docks has been rescheduled for September 9th and 10th.

August 24, 2021

REMINDER: paving starting tomorrow at the Stella dock. Most of the paving at the Stella dock will not impact the existing marshalling area, though there may be some limited disruption. Ferry users will notice an increase in large truck traffic on the ferry over the next couple of days. Please follow the directions of onsite staff.

August 20, 2021

On August 25 ,2021 we will begin paving activities at the Stella dock.

Most of the paving at the Stella dock will not impact the existing marshalling area, though there may be some limited disruption. There is no change to the ferry schedule, however, ferry users will notice an increase in large truck traffic on the ferry during this period.

Paving of the Millhaven marshalling area will take place the week of August 30, 2021. To reduce the disruption to ferry users, the work at Millhaven will be completed in stages during the daytime. This will minimize the number of marshalling spaces affected by the paving at any one time, however, there will be fewer marshalling spaces available during this time.

The paving work is expected to take approximately two to three days per site.

Please look for onsite staff who will be directing traffic during this time and follow their directions during the period of asphalt paving.

This work is weather dependent and rain may delay the progress. Updates will be provided via our website and twitter (@A_I_Ferrydocks). We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

July 23, 2021

Next week we will begin construction activities in the Millhaven marshalling area in preparation of paving this area later in the summer. In order to reduce the disruption to ferry users, the work will take place in stages, impacting only a portion of the marshalling area at a time. The work is expected to be completed in 2-3 days. Please look for onsite staff who will be directing you and follow their directions during the period of the work. This work is weather dependent and rain may delay the progress. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

December 4, 2020

Our Fall 2020 newsletter has been uploaded to the Documents page.

The newsletter provides an update on the progress of the docks and our expected completion. The Ministry has also provided an update in the newsletter on the arrival of the new ferry.

June 26, 2020

Please be advised that work on the docks will resume on Monday June 29. Workers that will be onsite have received negative test results and will continue to diligently follow the protocols put in place to prevent the spread onsite.

These protocols include:

  • Physically distancing.
  • When physical distancing is a challenge, workers are to wear masks. Reusable masks were provided to all workers as well as non-reusable masks are available throughout the site.
  • Only one employee at a time is permitted in a company vehicle. While on the ferry, employees must remain in the vehicle at all times.
  • We have a dedicated worker who cleans all high touch areas multiple times a day throughout the job site.
  • It is mandatory for operators to wipe down machinery before each use.

Workers are reminded of these protocol at the beginning of every shift.

We are actively working with the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health to ensure the safety of the public and our workers.

May 27, 2020

Our Spring 2020 newsletter has been uploaded to the Documents page.

The newsletter advises of a new schedule for the transition to the new docks. We have also posted a revised schedule on the Schedule page.

May 14, 2020

We hope you are all doing well. We know you are eager to get our Summer Newsletter. We hope to get it to you soon. Look for it in the mail in the coming weeks and check the website and twitter for other updates. Stay healthy.

May 5, 2020

In order to construct the curb and gutter for the southern portion of the Millhaven marshalling area, the Lane 1 marshalling spaces will be closed starting May 7.

October 8, 2019

Our Fall 2019 newsletter has been uploaded to the Documents page.

The newsletter advises of a new schedule for the transition to the new docks. We have also posted a revised schedule on the Schedule page.

April 29, 2019

Our Spring 2019 newsletter has been uploaded to the Documents page.

In addition to the newsletter, we have uploaded plans for Stage 3 which outline how the public will access the new docks, marshal, load onto the vessels, and where construction will be occurring. The transition to Stage 3 is not expected to occur until fall 2019. The plans are also posted in the Documents page.

We have also posted a revised schedule on the Schedule page.

April 12, 2019

Thank you for your patience during the power outage on April 11. Here are some details on what happened and how we plan on preventing it in the future.

During some excavating on the east side of the dock at the edge of Millhaven Creek the excavator inadvertently came in contact with a Hydro One temporary underwater electrical power cable. This contact caused the power to several homes in Millhaven and the entire island to go down for a period of roughly 3 hours.

We then contacted Hydro One to dispatch their workers to the site to fix the issue. They were on scene quickly and worked to isolate the damaged portion of the electricity cable and restore power. Service was restored to all customers around noon.

To ensure this doesn’t happen again, Hydro One has isolated this temporary cable and do not plan to reinstate it until they can properly install a permanent cable under the creek.

Again, we would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank all those affected for their patience.

April 11, 2019

Thank you everyone for your patience during the power outage today. Power has been restored to all customers. We apologize for the inconvenience.

April 11, 2019

Residents we are working with Hydro One to restore hydro as soon as we can. We apologize. During excavations at the Millhaven site an underground power line was struck. We will update when we have more information.

March 15, 2019

Please be advised of upcoming extended construction hours starting Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Stella Ferry Dock only.

We will be working evenings from Monday, March 18, 2019 to Saturday, April 13, 2019. This work is to facilitate construction of the pier before we become restricted from carrying out in-water work. The work will occur Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:00am and 11:00pm. No Sunday work will be carried out.

We will plan the work so that noisier construction activities (e.g. pile driving) will occur during daytime hours from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Less noisy preparation work (e.g. welding and prep work for the day crew) will occur in the evening hours from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.

If you have any concerns please Contact Us.

December 3, 2018

Please be advised that paving of the Stella dock marshalling area will occur on December 4th and 5th (weather and schedule dependent). Updates on timing will be provided via email and our project twitter (@A_I_Ferrydocks).

There will be changes to the marshalling area that will affect how vehicles marshal. During paving marshalling will be done as a single file line on Stella Forty Foot Rd. Please follow the instructions of construction and ferry staff.

Temporary parking for approximately 8 vehicles will be available along the construction laneway off Front Road just east of the island radio station (see onsite signage).

Paving is anticipated to only take 2 days (weather dependent) after which, parking will return to its previous location and marshalling will be the same as at Millhaven (i.e. line up in rows). Line painting will be completed shortly after paving is completed.

November 28, 2018

Paving of the marshalling area at the Stella dock has been delayed and will not be completed until a later date.

Updates on timing of the paving will be posted to our twitter, website and sent via email.

Parking and marshalling areas will be reopened until the start of paving operations. Please follow onsite signage and the instructions of construction and ferry staff.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

November 22, 2018

Please be advised that paving of the Stella dock marshalling area will occur on November 29th and 30th (weather and schedule dependent).

There will be changes to the marshalling area that will affect how vehicles marshal. During paving marshalling will be done as a single file line on Stella Forty Foot Rd. Please follow the instructions of construction and ferry staff.

The current parking area will not be available from Tuesday November 27 through Friday November 30. Temporary parking for approximately 8 vehicles will be available along the construction laneway off Front Road just east of the island radio station (see onsite signage).

Paving is anticipated to only take 2 days (weather dependent) after which, parking will return to its previous location and marshalling will be the same as at Millhaven (i.e. line up in rows). Line painting will be completed shortly after paving is completed.

August 30, 2018

Update: Paving operations at Millhaven marshalling area.

The paving work in the Millhaven marshalling area will be complete by 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The temporary parking area north of the pedestrian shelter will be open at that time.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this work.

August 28, 2018

Please be advised that paving operations for a section of the marshalling area at Millhaven will take place on Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30, 2018.

There will be no parking permitted in the temporary parking area that is north of the pedestrian shelter. This will remain in effect until Friday, August 31, 2018. Ten alternative parking spots will be available on the south side of the marshalling area and 5 parking spots will be available in lane 6 of the Millhaven marshalling area. These spots will be marked to identify where parking is permitted.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

August 16, 2018

Work to resurface the road on Highway 33 at the Amherst Island docks in Millhaven is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Construction work will be undertaken along Highway 33 around the entrance to the Millhaven terminal. The work is necessary to allow for resurfacing of the road and minor widening to accommodate the extension of the westbound left turn lane into the ferry terminal area.

You can expect periodic delays and lane closures along Highway 33 around the entrance to the Millhaven terminal between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday to accommodate the work. Typical delays are between 5 and 10 minutes but at times could be as long as 15 minutes. Please watch for and follow the instruction of on-site personnel as they direct traffic. This work is weather dependent and is anticipated to continue until approximately September 22, 2018.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

August 2, 2018

The public boat launch at Stella will be closed from Tuesday August 7 to Thursday August 16 as part of the construction on the new permanent dock.

July 25, 2018

The public boat launch at Stella is OPEN and will not close until after the August long weekend.

Due to the rain on July 25th we were unable to start work in the area. As a result, the PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH will be CLOSED from TUESDAY, AUGUST 7TH to THURSDAY, AUGUST 16TH to allow for construction of a toe-wall as part of the work on the new permanent dock.

Continue to watch our website and follow us on Twitter (@A_I_ferrydocks) for more information and updates about the project.

July 25, 2018

Please be advised that the public boat launch at Stella will not be available for use starting Wednesday, July 25th to the afternoon of Friday, August 3rd to allow for construction of a toe-wall as part of the work on the new permanent dock. Our apologies for the short notice but doing this work now will ensure that the launch is open and ready for use for the upcoming August long weekend.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue work to complete the new Amherst Island Ferry docks. Continue to watch our website, and follow us on Twitter (@A_I_ferrydocks) for more information and updates about the project.

June 20, 2018

Check out our Summer 2018 Construction Newsletter.

April 30, 2018

We’ve updated our photo gallery! Check out the new pictures to see how construction is progressing.

March 9, 2018

Good news! The Amherst Island ferry temporary docks are open and in service.

The new docks are end-loading which should improve ferry operations as you can now drive straight on and off the ferry. There is a change to the way you board the ferry and to available parking at both docks. There is signage and flagpeople on the site to help.

Refer to these images for Stella and Millhaven for what this means to you.

March 8, 2018

Just a reminder that the transition to the new temporary docks at Millhaven and Stella is tomorrow morning (Friday March 9, 2018). This change is weather dependent and will be effective on the first ferry of the day from Stella at 6 a.m. There will be signage and flagpersons on-site to help with the transition.

The new temporary docks are end-loading which should improve ferry operations as you will be able to drive straight on and off the ferry. NOTE: There will be a change to the way you board the ferry as well as to available parking at both docks. Please refer to these images for Stella and Millhaven for what this means to you.

March 6, 2018

The anticipated target date for the opening of the new temporary docks at Millhaven and Stella is the morning of Friday March 9, 2018 (this date is weather dependent). There will be signage and flagpersons on-site to help with the transition.

The first end-loading ferry run will be from Stella at 6:00 a.m. The ferry service will be end-loading from then on.

The new temporary docks are end-loading which should improve ferry operations as you will be able to drive straight on and off the ferry. NOTE: There will be a change to the way you board the ferry as well as to available parking at both docks. Please refer to these images for Stella and Millhaven for what this means to you.

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

***IMPORTANT UPDATE - TRANSITION TO END-LOAD DOCKS***

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.

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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).


STUDY AREA MAP
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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.

Timing

  • 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.





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