We’ve got the best destination for your next weekend adventure! Amherst Island can easily be described as picture-perfect, and it’s home to a little hamlet that you simply have to see.

The hamlet of Stella on Amherst Island is so charming that it was once described by Harrowsmith Country Life magazine as one of the “prettiest towns in Canada,” says the island’s website.

Known as the “gem of Lake Ontario,” the island is part of Loyalist Township in Lennox and Addington County and it’s accessible by the Frontenac II ferry from Millhaven.

When you disembark from the ferry, you’ll be right in the heart of the Stella Ferry Wharf, with stunning views and easy access to the island’s beaches, docks, and parks.

Amherst Island is a popular destination for cycling, bird-watching, and sailing.

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The geography of this island makes it the perfect place to visit in the summer.

The lake breeze keeps the insects away and the island often enjoys more sunshine than the mainland due to the “lake effect,” says the website.

The shoreline features pebble and sandy beaches as well as limestone bluffs, and the island itself is home to meadows, pastures, and forests that provide habitats for deer, owls, and foxes.

Amherst Island even has a forest called The Owl Woods, which is home to a variety of owl species that can be heard hooting throughout the night.

There are also a few stores, a restaurant, an art gallery, a museum, and a couple of charming accommodations to spend the night.

So, if you’re in search of a little getaway from the city this summer, Amherst Island is a perfect choice.