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Wolfe Island is an island at the entrance to the Saint Lawrence River in Lake Ontario near Kingston, Ontario. It is the largest of the Thousand Islands.

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Wolfe Island can be accessed by ferry from both Canada and the United States. The ferry from Kingston (Wolfe Islander III) is operated by the Ministry of Transportation and is free of charge. Just walk or drive right on, and away she goes!

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The island was part of the traditional hunting lands of the Tyendinaga Mohawk people and the original name of the island is Ganounkouesnot (“Long Island Standing up”). It was called “Grand Ile “by the French, but was later named after British General James Wolfe by British settlers.

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A feature of Wolfe Island is the Wolfe Island Wind Project, a wind farm developed by Canadian Hydro Developers and now owned and operated by TransAlta. The 197.8 MW wind plant consists of 86 wind turbines, which have been in commercial operation since June 26, 2009.This is currently the second largest turbine project in Canada.

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The power produced from Wolfe Island is sold under a 20-year Renewable Energy Supply II Contract with the Ontario Power Authority. TransAlta owns and operates the Wolfe Island facility through its wholly owned subsidiary Canadian Hydro Developers.

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Wolfe Island is designated an Important Bird Area and is an important stopover location for migrating waterfowl including swans. The island has a large population of wild turkeys, deer, and other wildlife. The Big Sandy Bay Management Area is classified as a provincially significant life science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest which includes sand dunes, wetlands, rare plants, trees, and birds.

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Credit: M. Sarko

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The billion-year old rocks of Ontario’s Precambrian Shield form the nucleus of Wolfe Island under its limestone cover.

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Glacial striations are etched in the flat rock which line the shores of Wolfe Island.

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Wolfe Island’s limestone dates back over 450 million years into the Palaeozoic Era.

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Make Wolfe Island one of the many stops on your next Ontario road trip!

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