Queen's University, in spite...
Queen's University, in spite of the name's implication ,is not a university devoted to transvestites!! (Please forgive me! I couldn't resist!!!) It's a research university granting undergraduate and graduate degrees in arts and science, business, education, law, health sciences, engineering, and theology. It has 13,000 full-time and 3,000 part-time students, and judging from the group of them I saw in the Kingston streets on a Friday evening, they're a very cool lot.
They were every where, all over town, looking as though they were all having the grandest time. I was immediatley impressed by Kingston and wished (A) I was a college kid again, and (B) I had more time to stay and explore this very interesting city.
The universities add an enormous depth to the attractive town center. Do, by all means, visit Kingston when you are in the neighborhood!
And once again, PLEASE forgive the transvestites comment above. I was JUST KIDDING around !!! :)
Once the capital city of Canada
In Kingston you see these huge, parliament building like architectures. There are more than one of these. This indicates that Kingston was once the capital city of Canada.
The huge building you see on the image beside is the City hall of Kingston. There are many rooms and conference halls inside. Most of them are in very nice shape and equipped with hydro electricity, telephone, security alarm systems and high speed Internet connection, not to mention central air conditioning.
The folks working inside have all the necessary tools and comfort they need.
Magnificent Collins Bay Institution
One of the most impressive sights of the whole trip was suddenly confronting Collins Bay Institution, a 485-cell medium security prison located on 800 acres of federal land beside Highway 33 as we crested a hill on our drive into the city from the west. This is often mistaken for Canada's oldest prison, Kingston Penitentiary built in 1835, and it is no wonder, since the area is home to nine correctional facilities of one kind or another! This one was built in 1929, makig it the second oldest federal institution for male offenders in the Ontario Region. The sudden view of the vivid roof and walls of its ornate entrance building, lit up before us by the west setting sun as they jutted up from the large treed estate, really caught our attention! At first I thought it must be some sort of cathedral or monastery and was amazed to find out this was, in fact, a federal prison!
St. Mary's Cathedral
This beautiful gothic styled cathedral was completed in 1848 and built from limestone quarried on the spot. It features ribbed buttresses and a central tower standing 221 feet tall. Inside you can view the large arched windows with magnificent stained glass. It was our first Prime Minister, and Kingston's native son, Sir John A MacDonald who facilitated the acquisition of these marvelous windows from England in the 1880's.
Cute little city!
It's like a touch of colonial England with wider streets.
Kingston was the first Capital of Canada, between 1841 - 1844, and sits on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the St. Lawrence Seaway,and the Rideau Canal thus making it a great Naval port. The Capital was later moved to Ottawa.