APAI was not successful in achieving Leave to Appeal.

Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to blanket Amherst island with 26, fifty storey turbines, has completed dock construction on Amherst Island and commenced dock construction on the mainland. Loyalist Township has not approved the draft Operations Plan required by the Roads Use Agreement.  Windlectric has not entered into a Roads Use Agreement with the County of Lennox and Addington.   The company’s pre-construction study and Operations Plan note that Island roads with the exception of Front Rad do not have the load bearing capacity to support project traffic and equipment.  Island roads will fail!

In its first weeks of work the company caused a major power outage on the Island and a water emergency in Prince Edward County.  Restrictions due to fish spawning and grassland birds were blatantly disregarded.    Not a good beginning!

Call to Action
Please request Premier Wynne (premier@ontario.ca or 416-325-1941) and Minister Murray (minister.moecc@ontario.ca or 416-314-6790) to cancel the project without penalty because of the company’s inability to achieve its Commercial Operations Date and because it’s absolutely the right thing to do.

We are being bullied AND we are resilient, tenacious, and absolutely committed.


Archaeology – Amherst Island

Archaeology on Amherst Island is a treasure trove.  From shipwrecks that risk being disturbed by industrial haulage by water or the creation of new docks or laying of cables to the potential risks of archeological disturbance on land, it is clear that while Algonquin Power is prepared to recognize the degree of archeological purity on Amherst Island, they have not fully considered the potential for their actions to wipe out these historical and culturally important records.

B W Folger Sank in Kerr Bay Amherst Island

B W Folger Sank in Kerr Bay Amherst Island

Today Kerr Bay continues to welcome sailors and those in need of shelter.

Kerr Bay 2

Sailboats Kerr Bay Amherst Island 

Visitors quickly recognize the Island is steeped in history, where the past is still visible and embraced. Its oral histories, genealogy and academic research per capita surpasses all other Ontario townships but then, its very size and distinctiveness attracts this inquiry.

The name Isle Tonti still lingers from the French period.   Henri Tonti was LaSalle’s lieutenant and both searched for China. Settlement of the Bay of Quinte region and the Island dates to the Loyalist period, following the American Rebellion 1776-83.   Sir John Johnson, the most influential Loyalist leader, was granted the entire Island in 1788. The legacy of his feudal ownership and administration dominated the community for nearly a century.

The early community was composed of numerous wealthy Loyalists, some late loyalists, and a proportion of French Canadian fishermen. These settlers of the Island frontier had been attracted by its accessability, water was virtually the only transportation in the Loyalist period. The shoreline of the Island was settled by the close of the 1820’s. An Irish wave of immigration to the Island followed, with the population peaking at 2,000 in 1842. The Island was a convenient stepping stone; almost urban in accessibility, and its Estate policy encouraged temporary residency. Most moved on to the frontiers of Ontario and the American Midwest. The Island became insular, independent and conservative when the monopoly of marine transportation was surpassed by mainland roads and railroads.

Visitors today appreciate that the Island community still reflects an earlier time. Many descendants of those 19th century Islanders are retracing their ancestor’s steps and rediscovering their Island heritage.

For more information on APAI’s response to Windlectric/Algonquin Power’s archeology assessments, please click the link below

APAI Archaeology Letter and Review Final