Thinking back on my wonder years, I can vividly recall family outings to Cape Vincent, New York, which involved two ferry rides and a short cross country jaunt across Wolfe Island. It’s been years since my last trip to Cape Vincent, however on occasion, we still board the Wolfe Islander III and take the scenic voyage across to grab a bite or attend the annual music festival. In recent years, the Island’s skyline has been drastically transformed with the addition of 86 wind turbines. From an outsider’s perspective, despite an increased number of tourists seeking to get up close and personal with the wind farm, Wolfe Island has arguably retained many of it’s longstanding, small town charms. That said, big chances could be on the horizon, as the Ministry of Transportation considers the future of the ferry system and the feasibility of replacing it with a bridge. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
Is the Wolfe Island bridge project a necessity?
- No. Keep the ferry system. (63%, 60 Votes)
- Not presently, but maybe in 10 years. (24%, 23 Votes)
- Absolutely. Demand is high. (12%, 11 Votes)
- Something else entirely. (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 95
Kingstonians have been talking about a third crossing over the Cataraqui River for decades, and save for expensive environmental studies, we’ve little to show for it. With that in mind, perhaps MTO’s mention of a Wolfe Island crossing isn’t cause for immediate concern. Still though, as space on the Wolfe Islander III is limited and demand continues to increase, Island residents and passers-by may get frustrated with longer wait and travel times. Funding for an additional ferry, constructing an alternate terminal or upgrading the fleet to accommodate more vehicles are all costly courses of action, but then again bridges don’t come cheap either. In the end, Wolfe Island’s separation from the main land, and the effort it takes to get across, adds to adventure of making the trip. Hefty price tag aside, bridging the gap could take away from the Island’s allure, making it too accessible, more touristy and otherwise developed. What do you think will happen to the historic link between Kingston and Wolfe Island? How would a bridge change your perception of, and life on the Island?
Special thanks to Paul Dyer for today’s accompanying photo.