The tranquil community of Amherst Island is world-famous for birding, sailing, and the Waterside Summer Series music festival. Amherst Island is located 22km west of Kingston. The ferry ride takes about 15 minutes and the boat runs 365 days a year. As you drive, walk, or cycle around the quiet island, you will see stone beaches, dramatic vistas, acres of pastureland, and lots of sheep.
Town of Stella
The Lodge is a short walk from the small Town of Stella. Among the local residents are several well-known artists who display and sell their work at the Weasel & Easel (@weaselandeasel). The Neilsen Store and Museum acquaints visitors with local history. Nearby, the Back Kitchen Cafe serves up cool drinks, hot meals, and ice cream in the summer months (@backkitchen_ai)
Topsy Farms is an eco-ethical family-run sheep farm with three generations contributing to its operation. You can follow the adventure @topsyfarms. Their farm-gate store, ‘The Wool Shed,’ offers a range of wool blankets and other fine products (curbside pickup available). Topsy also welcomes visitors to enjoy their groomed 2 km walking trail year-round (weather & conditions permitting).
Angling & Fishing
Lake Ontario's increased stocking programs, improved water quality and a large number of fishing charter services have contributed to a sustained interest in our area's fishing opportunities.
There is a world-reknowned bird sanctuary on the most southeasterly corner of the Island, as well as the famous “Owl Woods”. For more information about Birdwatching on the Island please visit The Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) website.
The waters off Amherst Island offer some of the best fresh-water sailing in the world. The CORK Regatta Series are held in Kingston each year. Numerous World and North American Championships take place in July and the annual Fall Regatta is held at the end of September.
+ Kayaking, Cycling, & Windsurfing
Amherst Island contains the largest known concentration of historic Irish dry stone walls in Canada. Newer dry stone structures have been built at The Lodge and around the Island. You are welcome to take the self-guided driving tour. Dry Stone Canada runs public dry stone workshops at The Lodge. Visit the Dry Stone Canada website to learn more.