Festival 2019 Sept 14-15: The Lodge, Amherst Island, Ontario

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.

Special Guests

Every festival we invite special guests to enhance the participants and the viewing public experience.

This year some of our guests will be:

Maps & Ferry Schedule

Festival Directions
The Ferry

More about Amherst Island’s dry stone walls and the area!

Ways to Contribute

    1. Dry Stone Canada Walling Community (walling and non-walling volunteers)
      For returning wallers, volunteers & invited guests contributing to the festival, true to Amherst Island hospitality, much of the community will be involved:


      • food (local produce) will be catered for wallers, guests & festival volunteers through the Island’s Back Kitchen
      • MacKinnon Brothers Brewing will return as festival beer sponsor
      • presentations will be held at The Lodge (Dry Stone Canada’s unofficial home base)
      • camping space & accommodation will be generously provided by many of the island residents

      This year we are asking folks working on the build & anyone contributing to the festival over the weekend to send us some information ahead of time so we can get ready. If you haven’t received an email but would like to help out with the build, send an email to drystonecanada@yahoo.ca or contact us.

      We’re also looking for volunteers as we have a larger community & learning program this year. If you are interested in helping out as a non-walling volunteer, please fill out the form. Hilary Martin will connect with you on opportunities.

    2. Sponsor We are still seeking sponsors for our local food program, Children’s Area program, International Guest travel, and general event sponsorship. Contact Hilary Martin through the website form if you are interested in sponsoring the event.
    3. Donate

This event runs on volunteer work and the generosity of the community. Please donate!


Levels  Hearting $25.00 CAD  Throughs $50.00 CAD  Foundation $75.00 CAD