Amherst Island ferry

The 15 minute ferry trip to Amherst Island is a nice way to cool off on a hot summer day, which is exactly what I did while heading to Toronto from Kingston. The ferry runs from Millhaven, 22 km west of Kingston via Highway 33, to Stella, on Amherst Island.

The ferry is free for foot passengers, so I parked the jeep, grabbed my pack, a camera, and a bottle of water and headed onto the ferry.

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The 33 car M/V Frontenac II was built in 1962 by Chantier Maritime De St. Laurent Ltee. of St. Laurent Quebec.

The original name of the vessel was Charlevoix before being registered as Frontenac II in 1993 after being purchased by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Her official number is 313948 and her port of registry is Kingston, Ontario.

  • length 180 feet (55 m)
  • beam 45 feet (14 m)
  • depth 14.5 feet (4.4 m)
  • gross tonnage 666 tonnes
  • power 2 x Caterpillar 3412 600 horsepower (450 kW)
  • propulsion 2 x azimuth pod

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One of the interesting things about the ferry is that it has been configured to load and unload passengers and vehicles from the side. This means that you drive on, and then have to back up and do some fancy driving to get off again.

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