Wolfe Island/Kingston and Glenora/Adolphustown Ferry Services
Our goal is to provide safe, reliable and efficient marine transportation services for Wolfe Island/Kingston and Glenora/Adolphustown.
The Ministry of Transportation owns and operates the Wolfe Island/Kingston and Glenora/Adolphustown ferry services. It provides free, year-round service on a first-come, first-served basis. Emergency services (ambulance, fire truck) are priority and may affect embarking order and wait times. On July 30, 2015, a new policy for the transportation of dangerous goods in bulk quantities on the Wolfe Island Ferry came into effect. Passengers are now able to board when large shipments of dangerous goods are being transported. For detailed information see the Dangerous Goods section.
Both ferry services meet or exceed the safety standards set by Transport Canada. Transport Canada regularly monitors and inspects our passenger ferries for compliance with regulations. For your safety, no further boarding is allowed once a ferry reaches passenger capacity. Wolfe Island/Kingston Ferry has room for 294 passengers while the Glenora/Adolphustown Ferry can hold 117.
Large, walk-on passenger groups, cyclist groups, or bus tours, should notify us in advance to avoid delays.
If you are planning on using the ferry service to transport an oversized load, you will need an Oversize/Overweight Permit when the dimensions or weight of a vehicle(s) exceeds the normal limits listed in the Highway Traffic Act. If you are planning to transport a load that exceeds allowable limits, we encourage you to consider other modes of transport, such as rail, air or water. In the event your load requires an Oversize/Overweight Permit, you will need to provide proof of permit before you schedule your ferry ride. For more information, visit Oversize/Overweight Permits.
Note: Glenora Ferry service has an 18 tonne load weight restriction.
Please be sure to provide notification of your large group or oversized load activity seven days in advance of arrival, by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org with full details including:
- Contact Name
- Group Name
- Daytime phone number
- As appropriate
- Group size
- Load size/weight and copy of your permit
- Expected day of arrival
- Identify which ferry you will utilize
- Wolfe Island/Kingston
- Both Wolfe Island/Kingston and Glenora/Adolphustown
Our commitment to you
- We will acknowledge large group or oversized load activity requests within one business day
- We will inform you of the scheduled ferry boarding time to large group or oversized load activity within seven business days of your request.
- We will update the electronic message boards within 30 minutes, to inform you of any unplanned service interruptions.
- We will inform you of any planned service interruptions two business days in advance.
How you can help us help you
- Please notify our ferry services as soon as possible when planning your large group activity.
- Please familiarize yourself with all requirements of oversize/overweight loads and be sure to obtain appropriate permit
- Expect delays in scheduled departures to accommodate vessel fuelling and emergency vehicles.
- Remain in your vehicle until the ferry departs and it is safe to exit your vehicle.
- Due to health and safety concerns,cell phone use while loading and unloading the ferry is prohibited.
- Alcohol consumption on the ferry and at the terminal is prohibited.
- Smoking is prohibited on all our vessels, however, smoking is permitted outside the ferry terminals.
For safety, you will need to dismount and push your bicycle when you cross the loading ramp to embark and disembark the ferry.
When you get to the ferry loading area, you may bypass the line of vehicle traffic to get to the staging area. The ferry crew will determine space availability and direct you on where to embark the ferry. Once on-board, you will be directed to an area on the car deck. There is no cyclist designated area where you can secure the bicycle – cyclists should remain with their bicycle.
Wolfe Island/Kingston Ferry – As you drive into the Kingston terminal, please proceed to the embarking parking lot grid and park your vehicles in the allotted space. The vessel crew will direct you to embark and disembark the ferry.
Glenora/Adolphustown Ferry – As you drive up to the ferry point, please line up on the road in single file and be prepared to embark the ferry. The vessel crew will direct you to embark and disembark the ferry. Please also be prepared to disembark in a different order than you were in line.
Walk on Passengers
Wolfe Island/Kingston Ferry – There are designated lounge areas on either side of the ferry where passengers can sit.
Glenora/Adolphustown Ferry – Because the ferry is located away from town, we do not experience a high volume of walk-on passengers. Walk-on passengers will be directed by the vessel crew to a safe area for pedestrians. A small sheltered area is available on the ferry during inclement weather.
Smoke free workplace policy
The Ministry of Transportation complies with Smoke-Free Ontario legislation for the workplace and the health and safety of our employees. As an extension of the workplace at both Wolfe Island and Glenora ferry services, we are committed to minimizing the risk of exposure of second-hand smoke on our ferries to protect employees, suppliers, clients, contractors and passengers. This policy also complies with Transport Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulation.
Smoking is prohibited at any time on the Wolfe Islander III, MV Glenora and MV Quinte Loyalist. Smoking is allowed outside the ferry terminal at each location.
Effective July 30, 2015, there will be no designated dangerous goods ferry trips for propane and gasoline highway tankers with a capacity of less than 20,000 litres classified as; UN1075, LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES, Class 2.1, UN1203, GASOLINE, Class 3, Packing Group II, or UN1978, PROPANE, Class 2.1. However, the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act requires that dangerous goods tankers containing materials as noted above be transported to and from Wolfe Island one tanker at a time on any regularly scheduled trip. This also applies to empty, but un-purged mobile units that previously carried the above noted dangerous goods on the return trip. Carriers will be accepted as first-come, first-served.
On regular trips, small quantities of substances classed as dangerous goods may be carried in compliance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act.
Approved spare containers, in limited quantity, are permitted aboard the ferry. The containers cannot exceed 25 litres. Each vehicle, including the trailer, if being towed, is allowed a maximum of 100 litres in four separate 25-litre containers. Walk-on passengers are prohibited from carrying gasoline in any quantity on board.
Personal medical oxygen is permitted. Cylinders may not exceed 5 litres water capacity. Cylinders not in a portable unit must be secured within the transport vehicle. Service vehicles are permitted up to 50 kilograms (110 lb.) of oxygen.
Passenger vehicles are permitted to carry two cylinders not to exceed 14 kilograms (30 lb.) each.
Service repair vehicles are permitted one 45 kilograms (100 lb.) cylinder.
Recreational vehicles are permitted a maximum of two cylinders, of not more than 27 kilograms (60 lb.) each, provided they are connected to a regulator, and secured in or on the vehicle.
Vehicle towing recreational vehicles may carry a third cylinder, no larger than 14 kilograms (30 lb.), for barbeque needs.
Please refer to Transport Canada Transportation of Dangerous Good Act.
Hours of Operation
Wolfe Island/Kingston Ferry
The MV Wolfe Islander III provides service that links downtown Kingston and Wolfe Island via the Kingston Terminal located at 295 Ontario St.
Summer Season: From approximately April to December, from downtown Kingston to the Marysville (Wolfe Island Village) from 5:45 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Winter Season: From approximately December to April, from downtown Kingston to the Dawson's Point dock, located 4.8 km (3 miles) east of Marysville from 5:45 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
|Departs from Wolfe Island||Departs from Kingston|
|5:45 a.m.||6:15 a.m.|
|6:45 a.m.||7:15 a.m.|
|7:45 a.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|9 a.m.||9:30 a.m.|
|10 a.m.||10:30 a.m.|
|11 a.m.||11:30 a.m.|
|12 p.m.||12:30 p.m.|
|1:15 p.m.||2 p.m.|
|2:30 p.m.||3 p.m.|
|3:30 p.m.||4 p.m.|
|4:30 p.m.||5 p.m.|
|5:30 p.m.||6 p.m.|
|6:30 p.m.||7 p.m.|
|7:30 p.m.||8 p.m.|
|8:30 p.m.||9 p.m.|
|9:30 p.m.||10 p.m.|
|10:40 p.m.||11:20 p.m.|
|12 a.m.||12:40 a.m.|
|1:20 a.m.||2 a.m.|
The MV Quinte Loyalist and MV Glenora provide service that links Provincial Highway 33, the Loyalist Parkway, from Adolphustown in the Town of Greater Napanee, to Glenora in Prince Edward County.
Glenora ferry schedule
|Winter (mid-October to Victoria Day weekend)||Daily 30-minute service * 6 a.m. to 1:15 a.m.|
|Spring (Victoria Day weekend to late June)||
Mon-Fri: 30-minute service * 6 a.m. to 1:15 a.m.
Weekends and Victoria Day only:
|Summer (Late June to mid-October)||
* When on 30-minute service (1 ferry), a 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 (2 ferries), a ferry departs each terminal every 15 minutes.
You can contact the Glenora Ferry Office at 613-476-2641.
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