Go to the Prince George...
Go to the Prince George hotel!
This beautifull place was where the wifes of soldiers would come to sleep when they were in town to visit their husbands posted at Kingston during World War 1. It then became a tourist attraction for a while, but closed.
After a few years, it is now re-open with a pub, a restaurant..and a hotel!
A special cheese treat if you love cheddar
Ontario used to have local cheese factories making wonderful cheddar's in located in almost every small town. Like so many things over the years companies have been bought out and others have merged. However, if you have a car and want a special side trip head north of Kingston to the small town of Wilton and experience cheddar the way it used to be made.
If you wish to find the Wilton Cheese Factory, drive along the Hwy 401 West of Kingston to the Yarker Road/Cty Rd 6 Exit at Odessa. When you exit Hwty 401 proceed north. After a few Miles/Kilometers you will come to a T intersection with a flashing Light. Turn right following the signs into the village of Wilton. The cheese factory is on your left hand side.
If you go, be sure to ask if the curds are fresh, if they are don't leave without a bag!
Murney Tower Museum
Due to a a renewed threat of war with the United States in the early 1840's, it was decided to increase Kingston's defences and four stand alone redoubts (or Martello Towers) were built between 1846 and 1848. These Towers provided arcs of fire covering the entrance to Kingston harbour.
In 1890, the towers were deemed obsolete and were left to deteriorate. In 1920, the Murney Tower was saved by the Kingston Historical Society and was opened as a museum in 1925. Inside you can see the cannon that was designed to fire from the upper openings in the tower, as well as other artifacts.
Today you can visit the museum from mid May to Labour Day between the hours of 10am and 5pm. Admission is $3.
International Bridge (1000 Islands area)
The bridge opened in 1938, it provides easy passage between the United States and Canada linking I-81 in New York State and Hwy 401 in Ontario, Canada.
There are few places that can be reached by car or foot that offer such a panoramic view of the region.
Kingston, where I went to grad school
I went to grad school in Kingston, at Queen's University, to get my Master's degree in physics. Kingston used to be the capital of Canada, back in the old colonial days, so there are some historical sights to see. I would encourage a visit in the summertime; winters can be bitterly cold, and snowy.
"don't do this!"
For the first two years I lived in Kingston, I stayed in a basement apartment. You can see the door to the apartment open in the photo. All winter long, I had the plug-in electrical heaters running full blast, to keep the place warm.
"the grad school experience"
It was a bit of a culture shock for me, moving out to Kingston. It took me a while to settle in, make friends, and adjust to the temperature and snow. I do look back on these days fondly though. My thesis project was successful, and led me to the career I have today.