Dry Stone Canada is pleased to announce that we are going back to Amherst Island for our 2019 festival. Our host is The Lodge on Amherst Island in downtown Stella.
Our 2019 theme highlights the interconnection between island landscapes and dry stone craft and tradition.
As always, the festival is a mix of international guests, Dry Stone Canada members, local supporters, and our walling community.
For more information about the festival please visit our festival website.
To register for a workshop see below.
The general public is welcome!
Visit the The Lodge to watch the wall, and feature be built over the weekend, see the progress of our carving workshop, check out our on-site displays, family-friendly activities including a children’s building area, weaving demonstration, and craft vendors! The Back Kitchen, a local volunteer-run restaurant on the Island close to the ferry dock, will be open.
There’s a lot going on over the weekend! A program schedule and guide will be posted soon.
Information on local attractions, directions and ferry schedule, and the walls of Amherst Island is further down on this page.
We also offer three workshops as part of the festival (beginner/intermediate level; advance registration required).
- The Lodge Curved Wall Workshop
Help build the festival wall with a mix of instruction and work with skilled wallers
- The Lodge Stone Carving Workshop
Stone carving with Danny Barber of Smith & Barber – Sculpture Atelier Inc.
- Poplar Dell Wall Restoration Workshop
This workshop is at Poplar Dell B&B just east of the village of Stella. Here participants will rebuild, with instruction on the basics of walling, a portion of heritage wall on the property. The location is away from the hustle and bustle of the main festival site.
Every festival we invite special guests to enhance the participants and the viewing public experience.
This year some of our guests will be:
- Members of Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland (DSWAI)
- Danny Barber, Stone carver, Barber – Carving & Sculpture Inc based in Ottawa
- Members of The International Stone Foundation
- Tomas Lipps: stonemason, Director of the International Stone Foundation and Editor of STONEXUS Magazine
- David F. Wilson Scottish artist/designer/waller/maker based in Perth, Scotland. returning for another festival)
Maps & Ferry Schedule
More about Amherst Island’s dry stone walls and the area!
- Ontario Heritage Trust article on Amhert Island’s dry stone walling legacy
- Neilson Store Museum & Cultural Centre overview of 2015 Festival including Rick Mercer’s visit, and Andrea Cross and Dry Stone Canada’s Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Heritage Excellence in Conservation
- Heritage Kingston video (12 mins) of our 2017 festival at St. Mark’s Anglican Church near Kingston, a heritage restoration project with the Village of Barriefield
- Visit the Sand Beach Wetlands Conservation Area
- Visit Owl Woods and other birdwatching spots (.pdf by Kingston Field Naturalists)
- Dry Stone Canada newsletter on 2017 heritage builds & workshops
- Topsy Farms (last years festival site). A great place to see sheep and buy wool products!
Ways to Contribute