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Wolf Island

Wolfe Island

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Wolfe Island
44 degrees 10 minutes North    76 degrees 25 minutes West

Wolfe Island is a large Island separated from the United States mainland by the south St Lawrence Seaway Channel at the beginning of the St Lawrence River. Wolfe Island has a conspicuous RADIO TOWER near the centre of the SW part of the Island, with air obstruction lights with an elevation of 271 M or (889 feet).

Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island is named for General Wolfe, who died in the Plains of Abraham where he defeated General Montcalm,setting the stage for our present day Canada. The capital of Upper Canada is Queen's Park, Toronto, The civil law of Upper Canada is based on the English common law, much like eight other provinces outside Lower Canada. While French-language services were introduced "where numbers justify" in former premier David Peterson's Bill 8, there is no formal constitutional requirement for French in Upper Canada. Upper Canada (now Ontario) was split from French-speaking Lower Canada (now Qu´┐Żbec) in 1784 to accommodate an influx of English-speaking United Empire Loyalists and still has an English-speaking majority despite attracting the lion's share of recent immigrants.

Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands is two and one half miles south east of Kingston, connected by a year round ferry service. Wolfe Island has a full time community living in the four towns on the island. Marysville on the north shore of Bartlett Bay, Port Alexandria on the southernmost tip with a ferry to Cape Vincent, Scotch Settlement approximately on third of the way east on the north section close to Holiday Bay and Port Metcalfe at the extreme eastern most tip.

Garden Island east tip

As most visitors approach from Kingston we shall begin with Marysville where the Kingston ferry lands approximately every 20 minutes, year round. On your approach from the north you will pass Garden Island to your west, the island was once home to a active shipbuilding community.

As you pass the north east tip of Garden Island the deserted house on the point exemplifies what has become of the shipbuilding industry. On the south face of the point overlooking the shallow and wreck strewn bay you can still see the slipway and remainder settlement on the end of the island.

Goose Island

As you approach Wolfe Island from the north west you must be aware of the shallow obstruction strewn shoals to the east of Garden Island when entering Barrett Bay. There is a lit green channel marker in the middle of the passage between Garden Island and Marysville as you approach two small islets known as Goose Island. the water surrounding the islets is extremely shallow and requires a wide berth.

General Wolfe Hotel and Marina

Marysville itself has a grocery store and is home to the General Wolfe Hotel and Marina (1), located to the east of the ferry dock, where there is transient docking for approximately 20 visiting boats with normal facilities, enhanced by the hotels facilities, offering free docking for those dining at the hotel. In peak season this is a popular stop and reserving ahead is a must.

General Wolfe Marina dock

After visiting the marina I would question if there is 5 feet of water and suggest that any cruising boats approach with caution and only attempt to use the outside of the L shaped dock where we found 4 feet of water in September 2000. The hotel itself provided more of a watering hole than exotic dining frequented by friendly locals. The gas station is directly across the road from the marina if you should require gas and have your own container.

Most maps and charts of the area are large scale leading to the impression that the island is more populated and built up than it is. On the south most tip of the western most half 11 K from Marysville is Port Alexandria where a ferry operates to St Vincent. There are no marina facilities here and no shelter with the rocky beach only supporting a few houses and customs station.

Irvine Bay

Being close to Kingston and having a fairly large land mass Wolfe Island has a number of popular anchorages. The first of the large bays east of Marysville is Holiday bay which we passed, with the next inviting bay being Irving Bay which is a large bay set in low lying farmland.

Watching your depth sounder it is possible to locate a pleasant mooring in Irvine Bay which had good holding and convient to the outer passage around Howe Island which can bee seen on the horizon in the photograph.

Brakey Bay

Towards the eastern end on the north shore is Brakey Bay ( 2 ) providing excellent shelter from the prevailing southwest and southerly winds, there are no obstructions to avoid on entry with good holding. It is however important to anchor as close as is prudent to the shore in order to get any protection in the large bay. If the wind shift north or northeast it is time to pass or move on as it will get the full force of the channels width as the wind sweeps across.

Port Metcalf

The east tip of Wolfe Island is called Point Metcalf which is misleading as all that exists here are a couple of cottages and their docks. The channel runs between Wolfe and Grindstone Islands passes to the west of the two smaller islands Hickory to the north and Club Island to the south. The channel is well marked and a popular spot for local fisherman.

On the South West shore of Wolfe Island there are two bays in which you can anchor during northerly or northeasterly winds. Big Sandy Bay (3) lies between Bear Point and Long Point to the north, and Reeds Bay which separates Long Point from Yotts Point.

CAUTION both bays are EXPOSED AND DANGEROUS to southerly or southwesterly winds.

Way Point
Bear Point - Wolfe Island
44  degrees  06  minutes North      76  degrees  26  minutes West

Bear Point is a densely wooded sandy point, at the southern end of Wolfe Island and has an elevation of only 10'. Dark colored cliffs extend 1.5 miles NE from the point.


Marina Information

General Wolfe Hotel Marina
Wolfe Island
Phone: , Fax:

Depth Length Transient
5 feet 30 feet with dinner
Fuel Pump Out Shore Power
    15 amp
Water Restrooms Showers
Yes Yes Yes
Repairs Sales Marine parts
No No No
Storage Trav Lift Launch ramp
Laundry Rentals Food Service
Recreation Season Berths Live Aboard

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