FAQs

What is the average crossing time for the Howe Island County Ferry?

The crossing time is dependent on the load carried, loading time, wind and ice conditions and boat traffic in the channel. The crossing time is impossible to predict.

The busiest travel times are the commuter hours. It's busiest leaving Howe Island in the morning between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 am. The busiest time leaving the mainland is late afternoon between 4 pm and 6 pm. During these periods wait times will increase. During the summer on Fridays, traffic increases after noon and as such longer wait times occur.

Is there a fee to travel on the ferry?

Yes. Fares for cars and light trucks start at $8. Pedestrians are free. Bicycles are $2. You can learn all about various fares and purchase options on our Fares and Passes page

What is the ferry schedule?

The Frontenac County Howe Islander Ferry runs on-demand 24 hours per day, seven days a week. There are no scheduled crossing times. Reservations are not required or accepted.

What do I need to know about COVID-19 before I board the ferry?

In the interests of minimizing risk of COVID-19 transmission among passengers and crew, passengers purchasing fares are encouraged to do so before they arrive at the ferry dock using the contactless Honk service.

Passengers are required to wear face coverings at all times when outside their vehicles. Please maintain physical distancing and follow crew instructions at all times. 

Learn more about the risks associated with COVID-19 and what you can do to minimize them

Read COVID-19: Guidance Material for Passenger Vessel and Ferry Operators from Transport Canada. 

How do I pay the fare for occasional visits to Howe Island?

In the interests of minimizing risk of COVID-19 transmission among passengers and crew, passengers purchasing single-crossing-and-return fares for cars, light trucks, motorcycles, and trailers are encouraged to pay fares before they arrive at the ferry dock using the contactless Honk service. Learn all about using Honk to purchase ferry fares.

If you don’t have access to Honk, ferry crews do accept cash or prepaid tickets. Passengers choosing this purchase method are required to wear a face covering, to maintain physical distancing, and to follow crew instructions regarding payment. We ask that you provide exact change whenever possible. Crew will wear appropriate personal protective equipment when exchanging cash and tickets.

What is a Honk? 

Honk is a contactless fare payment service offered by Honkmobile.com that ferry passengers use to purchase fares while minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission among passengers and crew. It’s the same service used to pay parking fees at dozens of parking lots around Kingston. Passengers are encouraged to use Honk to purchase ferry fares before they arrive at the ferry dock. Learn all about using Honk to purchase fares on Howe Island Ferries

How do I arrange for an annual pass if I'm a Howe Island resident? 

Annual passes and friends-and-family booklets covering the period 1 January - 31 December are available for purchase by Howe Island residents. There is a seniors discount for annual passes. 

Complete the Ferry Pass Application form, available here.

You can make your annual pass purchase via Honk here or do so with the seniors' discount here. Learn all about using Honk here. You can make your purchase by cheque if you prefer.

Submit your completed application form, payment or Honk receipt, proof of residency, and proof of age of seniority as required in person at the Howe Island Ferry office at the ferry dock or by mail:

 

County of Frontenac

2069 Battersea Road

Glenburnie, ON

K0H 1S0

 

Once your application is approved you will receive your pass sticker by mail or notice for pick-up at the ferry office at the ferry dock.

 

Can I pay with cash or prepaid tickets? 

Yes, crew will accept cash or prepaid tickets but passengers choosing this payment method are required to wear a face covering, to maintain physical distancing, and to follow crew instructions regarding payment. We ask that you provide exact change whenever possible. Crew will wear appropriate personal protective equipment when exchanging cash and tickets. 

What if I want to walk or ride my bicycle onto the ferry? 

Welcome aboard! Passage for cyclists is $2. Please follow ferry crew instructions and stay close to your bike while the ferry is underway. You'll need to wear a face covering, maintain physical distancing, and follow crew instructions while you're on board. 

Is there anything I should know about riding my motorcycle to Howe Island? 

Motorcycles are welcome on the Howe Island ferries. The fare is $8. Please stay with your bike while aboard the ferry.