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A community unlike any other

Loyalist Township is home to a variety of living environments, from fully-serviced communities of Amherstview, Odessa, and Bath to the rural communities of Wilton, Millhaven, Stella, Violet, and Switzerville.

We’re home to three excellent golf courses, and our waterfront offers some of the best freshwater sailing in the world. The area steeped in rich United Empire Loyalist history.

A short ferry ride to Amherst Island takes you on a journey to lush farmland and spectacular views of the water. The Island is prime bird watching location and the highest concentration of ancient Irish dry stone walls outside of Ireland.

People live in Loyalist

Fun Facts

  • Amherst Island is just a ferry ride away and a great place to search for a variety of owls.
  • Bath is one of the oldest communities in Ontario, settled in 1784.
  • The Wilton Cheese Factory in Loyalist Township is as old as Canada.
  • Queen Elizabeth II visited Amherstview to officially open the Loyalist Parkway in 1984.

Location and more details:

Loyalist Township

Box 70, 263 Main Street
Odessa, Ontario K0H 2H0

Tel: 613.386.7351

A Case for Living in Loyalist Township

Now’s a great time to live rural. Not so far off the beaten path that you’re compromising on convenience. In L&A it’s lakes, rivers, farm fresh food, communities that care and opportunity to grow all within driving distance to larger urban centers. Learn more about life in Loyalist Township.

Loyalist Communities

Loyalist Township consists of two parts: the mainland and Amherst Island located in Lake Ontario. The communities in Loyalist may be small but you wouldn’t guess that from the abundance of fun events and attractions.​

To get to the island hop on the ferry in Millhaven and travel about 15 minutes to the Island. You’ll dock in the quint village of Stella which was named one of the “prettiest towns in Canada” by Harrowsmith County Life.

This island is a paradise for hikers, birdwatchers, scuba divers and anyone who loves nature. In the summer the WaterSide Summer Series is popular for all types of music lovers. The island is also famous for the abundance of dry stone walls, the same kind that are very popular in Ireland.

  • The island has its own radio station,
  • The island was settled by Irish immigrants in the 1800’s
  • Located along the shores of Lake Ontario
  • Many of the stone walls are nearly two centuries old
  • Learn about the islands history at Neilson Store Museum & Culture Centre
  • Meet a llama at Topsy Farms

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Once a subdivision on the outskirts of Kingston, Amherstview has grown into a thriving community.

Amherstview is known for its recreational facilities. The W.J. Henderson Recreational Centre houses a swimming pool, ice skating rinks and a public library. The centre also has fitness and wellness programs as well as a variety of workshops and programs for all ages.

  • Population of apr. 7,000
  • 85% of new residents are young families
  • Golf at the Amherstview Golf Club
  • Take a guided tour of Fairfield House built in 1793
  • Stroll along the waterfront

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Until 1816 the village of Bath rivaled Kingston, Ontario as a commercial and educational centre. Today, some beautiful historical sites can still be found here including: the Bath Museum, Fairfield-Gutzeit House and the Bath Academy. On Main Street you’ll find businesses, a few restaurants and an ice cream parlour.

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Once known as Mill Creek, Odessa is a growing village. Stop by and see the Historic Babcock Mill or the Odessa Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are one of the oldest in Ontario. Relax at Mill Creek Park or pack a picnic and lounge in the gazebo.

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Quiet charm and a relaxed atmosphere pretty much sums up the rural beauty of Wilton. But, anyone in the area will tell you this is where you go for cheese. The Wilton Cheese Factory is one of the area’s finest cheese makers and has been in operation since 1867.

  • Check out the old Wilton schoolhouse built in the 1950’s
  • Get ice cream at the General Store
  • Look for yummy produce at a roadside market

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Suited to commercial and industrial

Loyalist Township has a wide range of available properties suited to both commercial and industrial users. Loyalist East Park in Amherstview has available serviced land for light industrial users with lot sizes ranging from 8.5 to 0.5 acres. Taylor Kidd Industrial Park is ideal for general and heavy industry. Over 575 acres of industrially zoned land is available.

Resources for business owners

Business owners and entrepreneurs interested in making Loyalist Township the location for their business have access to a full gamut of services from the Lennox & Addington Economic Development Office. Our Business Coaching service is free and confidential and can help familiarize you with the community, and aid in finding the appropriate people and resources to help your business or idea succeed.

The office can also assist with real estate searches, community statistics, as well as grant and financing opportunities. We connect businesses in finding research & development partners to support growth; this could apply innovative technologies to better streamline operations, while always trying to leverage funding to ease the cost burden on the entrepreneur.

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