Cedar Island is located just 250 metres offshore from the city of Kingston, south east of of the Fort Henry National Historic Site. Its close proximity to the mainland makes it a worthwhile day trip. The island can be accessed by canoe, kayak, and motorized boat via the 2 sheltered docking sites on the northeastern corner of the island. If in need of a boat rental, outfitters can be found in the Kingston harbour less than 3 km to the west of the island. If camping appeals to you, there are 4 sites available so you can extend your day trip to an overnight stay!
In terms of attractions, the island is famous for its historic martello tower built in 1848, which is a designated federal heritage building due to its historical, architectural, and environmental value. The island’s strategic location made it important to the defense of Kingston, especially during the war of 1812, hence the militaristic buildings, such as the martello tower. The landmark, named the Cathcart Tower, is an impressive two-story limestone structure surrounded by abundant vegetation and wildlife, making it a must-see spot. In addition, the island features picnic tables and a number of trails, so there are plenty of activities for everyone.