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Amherst Island

The Island is the southernmost limit of Loyalist Township, located between the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario. Drivers can access the Island via the ferry dock in Millhaven. The ferry ride takes about 15 minutes and runs on the hour from the Island and the half hour from the mainland. When you arrive on the Island, you will find a map showing the roads and points of interest. 

Island BuildingAs you drive or cycle around the quiet island, you will see stone beaches, with stones polished by the waves of the water (southeast shore of the island), dramatic vistas, acres of pastureland and lots of sheep.  For avid hikers and birdwatchers, there is a bird sanctuary on the most southeasterly corner of the Island, as well as the famous “Owl Woods” between the North Shore and the South Shore on the east end of the island. 

For more exciting activities, such as scuba diving, sailing, cycling and fishing visit www.amherstisland.on.ca or the Island radio station at www.cjai.ca.            

The Island is also home to the WaterSide Summer Series, that hosts concerts by world-renowned musicians each summer at the historic St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. Other historic sights include the Neilson Store Museum, which is also the location of the Weasel and Easel gallery, and The Lodge at Stella Point.

Pentland Cemetery on Front Road is a heritage site and is surrounded on three sides by an Irish dry stone wall - one of the very few of its particular type outside Ireland.

The island is also home to an active cemetery, Glenwood, which can be found adjacent to the St. Paul's Presbyterian Church on Stella Forty Foot Road and contains a 19th  century vault.

An interesting early history of Amherst Island can be found Perceval-Maxwell Papers published by the Public Record Office of Northern Island in 2007. Amherst Island was not only settled by Irish immigrants in the 1800's but was also owned by Irish landlords right into the 20th century.  The Irish connection begins with a legend that has the island lost by Catherine Bowes, daughter of Sir John Johnson, a United Empire Loyalist, in a card game in Ireland to the 3rd Earl of Mount Cashel in 1823!