Heritage – A Top Ten Endangered Place
Named one of Canada’s Top Ten Endangered Places by the Heritage Canada Foundation in June 2013 due to the threat of wind turbines, Amherst Island’s rich cultural heritage should be preserved. Because it is only accessible by ferry, the Island is a place where time has stood still with Ontario’s best collection of dry stone fences and over 100 historic structures of cultural and heritage significance reflecting the original settlement including the roads, farm lot layout, farmsteads, and villages – remnants of early Irish-Scottish settlement, most of which have remained unchanged over the last 100 years
A visit to Amherst Island, is like a step back in time…
Amherst Island, like other remote and rural places, has remained relatively unchanged over time. The roads, lot system and villages have not substantially changed since they were established by the first settlers and the descendants of many of the original families.
The Island has a remarkable past owing in large part to its location on the “Great Waterway”. The archaeological record tells us that humans were hunting and fishing on the Island 4000 years ago. When Champlain mapped the area in the early 1600s the Huron people called the Island “Kaouenesgo.
Recorded history reveals that the Island was ‘owned’ in whole or in part by the French, followed the British and the United Empire Loyalists.
The Island’s remarkable past features the who’s who of the early exploration and settlement of southeastern Ontario.
Explore the Island’s heritage:
Below you will find APAI’s response to Windlectric’s Draft Cultural Heritage Assessment: