NOTICE: Howe Island Ferry lane reduction

Posted On Monday October 03, 2022

Notice to Howe Island residents, 

It has become necessary to reduce the maximum number of vehicles permitted on each crossing of the Howe Island County Ferry upon its return from dry dock inspection. While the vessel’s maximum weight capacity remains unchanged, on-deck vehicle lanes are reduced fromthree to two until further notice.

This change comes after a complaint from a Howe Island resident to Transport Canada. The complaint included pictures of the ferry fully loaded and expressed a concern that there may not be enough roomon deck for all passengers to simultaneously open their vehicle doors and evacuate in the event of an on-board emergency.

Transport Canada subsequently directed that more room be made available on deck while the ferry is under way. We are aware that this will impact all Howe Islanders.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation, which owns the vessel; and the County of Frontenac, which operates the ferry service, remain committed to serving the public. We are working together towards an appropriate solution and we have requested a meeting with our Member of Parliament to discuss options for a more reasonable temporary solution. We ask that members of the public remain patient and courteous to ferry staff.