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Amherst Island is located in Lake Ontario, 10 kilometres west of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Contrary to popular perception, Amherst Island is not one of the Thousand Islands. The island is part of Loyalist Township in Lennox and Addington County. Amherst Island is located about 3 kilometres offshore from the rest of Loyalist Township and is serviced by an automobile and truck ferry from Millhaven. The island measures over 20 kilometres in length from Bluff Point in the southwest to Amherst Bar in the northeast and over 7 kilometres at its widest point across. The island is about 70 square kilometres in size and is one of the largest islands in the Great Lakes.
The Amherst Island archipelago also includes: Nut Island, Grape Island and the Brother Islands. These small islands cover over 6,695 hectares or about 66 square kilometres . Nut Island is the largest of the islands that immediately surround Amherst Island and is about 610 metres off the Amherst Island coast between Amherst Bay and Long Point Bay. Grape Island is located about 300 metres off the Amherst Island coast, and can be easily seen from shore. The Brother Islands are situated between Amherst Island and the Lemoine Point Conservation Area in Kingston, Ontario.


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