Travelling in Ontario by car: Kingston Area Ferry Information

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Travelling in Ontario by car: Kingston Area Ferry Information

King’s Highway 33, commonly referred to as Highway 33, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The route begins at Highway 62 in Bloomfield and travels east to the Collins Bay Road junction at Collins Bay in the city of Kingston, a distance of 60.9 kilometres (37.8mi). The highway continues further east into Kingston as Bath Road (Kingston Road 33), ending at the former Highway 2, now Princess Street. Highway 33 is divided into two sections by the Bay of Quinte. The Glenora Ferry service crosses between the two sections just east of Picton, transporting vehicles and pedestrians for free throughout the year.

Originally, Highway 33 continues northeast through Trenton to the town of Stirling, ending as a junction with Highway 14. This section was transferred to county governments by the beginning of 1998. In 2009, Highway 33 became the site of the first modern roundabout on a provincial highway west of Picton.

In 1984, Queen Elizabeth commemorated Highway 33 between Trenton and Kingston as the Loyalist Parkway at a ceremony in Amherstview in honour of the settlers that landed there in 1784.

Ferry Services:

  • Glenora / Adolphustown
  • Wolfe Island / Kingston
  • Special Permits
  • Amherst Island
  • Howe Island-County
  • Frontenac Islands
  • Horne’s

GLENORA FERRY SERVICE

Winter: (Mid-October to Victoria Day Weekend)

Daily, Mon – Sun: 30-Minute Service * (1 Ferry) – 6:00 a.m. to 1:1 5 a.m.

Spring: (Victoria Day Weekend to late June)

Mon – Fri: 30-Minute Service* (1 Ferry) – 6:00 a.m. to 1:15 a.m.

Weekends and Victoria Day only: 30-Minute Service * (1 Ferry) 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 1:15 am

15-Minute Service § (2 Ferries) – 10:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

Summer: (Late June to Mid-October)

Daily, Mon – Sun: 30-Minute Service* (1 Ferry) 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 1:15 am

15-Minute Service § (2 Ferries)

10:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

*When on 30 Minute Service, Ferry Departs:

Glenora on the hour and the half-hour

Adolphustown at a quarter to and a quarter after the hour

§ When on 15 Minute Service, a Ferry Departs each terminal every 15 minutes.

Ferry Capacity: Quinte Loyalist and Glenora Ferries

21 cars, end-loading

117 passengers

Length of car deck — 38.7 metres (127 feet)

Vehicle height restriction — 4.1 metres (13 feet 5 inches)

Maximum gross load — 18 tonnes

Island Ferry Service

The Wolfe Islander III is the ferry currently serving between Kingston, Ontario and Wolfe Island (Ontario). It can hold approximately 55 cars, and is end-loading. The length of car deck is 61 metres (200 feet). The vehicle height restriction is 4.4m (14 feet, 5inches). As it is the only public access to Wolfe Island, the vessel operates as a free ferry. Crossing time is approximately 20 minutes. It was launched into service on 5 February 1976 by then Ontario Minister of Transportation, James W. Snow.

The previous ferry in service was the Wolfe Islander II.

The ferry terminal on Wolfe Island varies by season. During the summer season (approximately April to December), the Marysville dock is used, while during the winter season (December to April), the Dawson’s Point dock is used, located 4.8 km (3.0 mi) east of Marysville. This route includes a bubbler system that stretches to the Barrack Street Dock in Kingston, Ontario.

The Kingston Terminal is located at the foot of Barrack Street, at Ontario Street.

Ferry Capacity: Wolfe Islander III Ferry

  • 55 cars, end-loading
  • 294 passengers
  • Length of car deck – 61 metres (200 feet)
  • Vehicle height restriction – 4.4 metres (14 feet 5 inches)
  • Maximum gross load – as per Highway Traffic Act
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Summer Season: Approximately April to December, the Marysville (Wolfe Island Village) dock is used.

Winter Season: Approximately December to April, Dawson’s Point dock is used, located 4.8 km (3 miles) east of Marysville

Kingston Terminal is located at the intersection of Ontario Street and Barrack Street.

Travel Information, Wolfe Island and Glenora Ferry: Service Ontario: 1-800-268-4686

*Tuesday and Friday Dangerous Goods Only

*No passengers carried

Special Permits

Wolfe Island and Glenora Ferry Service ONLY

To avoid unnecessary delays, notify the Ministry 48 hours in advance to make special arrangements.

Contact ferry operations directly for special permits.

Wolfe Island Ferry Office: (613) 548-7227

Glenora Ferry Office: (613) 476-2641

Amherst Island Ferry Service

The motor vessel Frontenac II is a ferry on Lake Ontario, that runs from Millhaven, Ontario to Amherst Island. The trip takes fifteen minutes. The vessel loads at both the bow and stern.

The docks at Millhaven and Amherst Island are equipped with an ice defeating bubble system. As the vessel is constructed entirely of steel, and is not equipped with insulation, winter passages can be very cold.

Ferries to Amherst Island are operated under an agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Transport. Under that agreement if ferry service to nearby Wolfe Island or the ferry service across the Bay of Quinte at Glenora requires it, the usual Amherst Island ferries can be diverted to serve those higher priority routes. The MV Quinte Loyalist has filled in on some occasions when the Frontenac was not available.

The 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.

Schedule: One-hour service — 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Departing Millhaven on the half-hour, Stella on the hour.

Ferry Capacity: 35 cars, side-loading

Fares apply.

Call (613) 389-3393 for information or maximum length details.

Operated by Loyalist Township

Howe Island—County Ferry Service

Schedule: On demand, 24 hours/day

Ferry Capacity: 15 cars

Fares apply.

Call (613) 542-4959 or (613) 548-9400 for information or maximum length details.

Operated by Frontenac County

FRONTENAC ISLANDS FERRY SERVICE

Schedule: Varies between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.

Call appropriate office for schedule information

SIMCOE ISLAND FERRY

Ferry Capacity: — 3 cars

Call (613) 385- 2216 for information or maximum length details.

HOWE ISLAND-TOWNSHIP FERRY

Ferry Capacity: — 3 cars

Fares apply.

Call (613) 544-6348 for information or maximum length details.

HORNE’S FERRY SERVICE

Canada/USA Ferry: Cape Vincent, New York to Wolfe Island, Ontario

Operates May to mid-October

Fares apply.

Call (613) 385-2262 or (315) 783-0638 for information.

References:
  • http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/ferry/
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Highway_33
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Ferries_of_Ontario
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