Kingston Travel Guide

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Kingston Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautifull city, full of life, great scenery and history! 

  • Con
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    Daniel_Williams says…

     limited public transit Sundays, train/bus station several kms out 

  • In a nutshell
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     A historic city with a fantastic location 

Kingston Things to Do

  • 1000 Islands

    We made a long approach to Kingston on the 100-km (62-mile) Loyalist Parkway, which starts near Trenton and takes a scenic route along the Lake Ontario coast via the isthmus of Prince Edward. It was a relaxing way to go, with speed limits varying between 60-80 kph for the most part and dropping down to 50 kph in the series of small communities...

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  • Fort Henry

    Fort Henry was originally built during the War of 1812, but the existing Fort bears no resemblance to the one today. It was reconstructed in 1832 - 1837. The British Army garrisoned Fort Henry until 1870 when Queen Victoria's troops were pulled out of Canada. Soon after, "A" Battery, School of Gunnery, followed by "B" Battery, took up residence in...

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  • Bellevue House National Historic Site

    Bellevue House was once home to John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. Its serene gardens, whimsical Italianate architecture, and beautiful interior are truly a sight to behold. It feels like stepping back in time, with its costumed interpreters dressed period costumes from the 1840’s. The site is kid-friendly, with colouring pages and...

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Kingston Restaurants

  • Toucan

    The Toucan is a great Irish pub in Kingston and offers a bit of everything for everyone! First, the bartender knows how to pour a Guiness. Also, the atmosphere is really nice. On the top floors, you can relax, eat and chat without being overcomed by noise. But in the basement, they have live music, dart boards and it's more of a bar compared to...

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  • ~ Cheap Yet Delicious Breakfast ~

    Morrison's restaurant is a 'Mom and Pops' type restaurant. I have to admit I have only been to this restaurant for breakfast, though. I remember heading there every Sunday morning with my family. The restaurant was always busy. You actually had to wait for your table. The meals were always delicious. I never had a single complaint with the food...

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  • At the Four Points

    The King Street Sizzle is located inside the Four Points Sheraton. The interior is very well decorated, even the table settings are very original. Our server, Anthony, was very attentive and helpful. We had breakfast here with our kids.I had the portuguese French Toast, which is like any French toast except they use a portuguese style bread which I...

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Kingston Nightlife

  • Beer, Music, Laughter: Good Times

    A pleasant Irish-themed pub, quite large actually. Very friendly and prompt staff, good selection of local and international beers (especially Irish). And Irish whisky of course. Food also available, looked good, though we never ordered anything ourselves. There was a live band playing the night we were there. They were Canadian, but they sang...

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  • Kingston's Irish Pub

    Beautiful (and huge) Irish Pub, great beverage selection, good food, nice patio and don't miss the live shows - guaranteed to make you feel Irish for the night!

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  • Vine tasting

    This is more like a pub where you can loudly announce what you have to say in front of the public. This was a local custom here in Kingston a long time ago when Kingston was the Capital city of Canada.This and many other place in Kingston serves food, drinks and provide live entertainment to the guests. Pubs are very popular in the area since the...

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Kingston Transportation

  • VIA Rail to Kingston; Bus to Downtown

    We set out from Montreal at 9:40am in the morning on VIA Rail, arriving in Kingston a bit past noon. The train station is a few kms away from the downtown, so for a $2 fare, we took the #4 bus that passes across the street from the train station. Kingston Transit passes by the VIA Rail station on the half-hour up until about 7pm Mon-Sat (then...

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  • Get there by car and walk around

    Yes, get there by car and walk around once in town. I do not recommend driving around in Kingston. It can get very crowded in the afternoon hours. Just park your car for the day and walk around on foot. Kingston is not that big.You see many tourists around. Even Americans. Like the car you see on this image is from the United States. I parked my...

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  • Boathouse Country Inn & Heritage Boat...

    Follow Highway 401 east to Interchange 661 (which is Highway 137/Bridge to USA). Take Interchange then turn right off Highway 137 to 1000 Islands Parkway. Turn left on Parkway and proceed 3.2 km/2 miles to Rockport. Your Best Boldt Castle Connection! The Island Heritage has been giving tours of the1000 Islands since 1929. Half way through your tour...

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Kingston Shopping

  • Small boutiques

    In Kingston, as you walk up & down the street you see many small shops selling all kinds of stuff. We went into one of these shops and discovered lots of interesting and foreign items like Asian pants for ladies and smelling smoker sticks with all kinds of flavors. Different small statues and hanging noise makers. Jewelry and hand made crafts are...

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  • Cataraqui Town Centre

    Cataraqui Town Centre is the largest shopping mall in Southeastern Ontario with over 141 stores, located in Kingston, Ontario. It is located at the corner of Princess Street & Gardiner's Road - the main shopping strip in Kingston. Awesome mall for those "shop-a-holics" like me! Stores include The Bay, Zellers, Sears, Sport Chek, American Eagle...

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Kingston Local Customs

  • Irish heritage

    Kingston has an Irish heritage since the majority of the local population is Irish descent. There are also French and other ethnic cultures present. There were thousands of Irish people came to Canada and landed on the soil at Kingston. These Irish people were refugees from Europe when they had to escape the terrible hunger that was present in...

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  • One of Canada's fastest growing wine...

    As we started out on our Loyalist Parkway drive, many miles west of Kingston, I was surprised to see wineries springing up beside the highway, such as the Sandbanks Estate Winery seen in these photos. However, in hindsight I should not have been, because I have even seen them starting to make an appearance in my home province of New Brunswick. In...

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  • IN ONTARIO, when at a red...

    IN ONTARIO, when at a red light, if you want to turn right, look to your left and if no one is comming, GO!!:)YES, YOU CAN TURN RIGHT ON RED LIGHTS!! All you have to do is be carefull, do a complete stop, let people and bikes pass..and that's about it.

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Kingston Warnings and Dangers

  • Have your passport and visa ready...

    ...but only if you're taking a tour to 1000 islands and the tour covers the American side. The same if you're visiting Cape Vincent from Wolfe Island. The visa part is applicable to those who need it.

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  • Watch for Hitchhikers

    While Kingston is as safe a city as you will find anywhere it is worth remembering that Kingston area is home to numerous penitentiaries including: Kingston Pen, Collins Bay, Joyceville Pen, Millhaven, Bath Inst., Frontenac Inst., Pittsburgh Inst and for many years was home to the Famous Prison for Women. We have had the dubous "honour" of playing...

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  • Relative safety in Kingston

    I lived in Kingston for 23 years, and saw much of the seedier underside of the city. But this town is really quite safe for those who stay out of the drug scene. Stay on the straight and narrow, and you're fine - I can't even count the number of times I walked home alone at 3 or 4 in the morning (from the age of 16 onwards), and I can't think of a...

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Kingston Tourist Traps

  • Keep coming back for more and more

    Just keep coming back for more and more icecream once you had some. Especially on a hot, summer day. Get the biggest dose of icecream in a monster size cone and walk far, far away with it while licking! :) No alternative....

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  • Visit BOLDT CASTLE during 1000 Islands...

    If you take a side trip to visit BOLDT CASTLE during 1000 Islands cruise. You must carry your passport with validated U.S. Visa because Boldt Castle belongs to U.S. property, and there is an U.S. custom officer on duty at the boat-landings.

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  • VT, meet Annie. Annie is a...

    VT, meet Annie. Annie is a nice, curious girl that absolutely had too look into that thing. So she put 1$..and saw nothing much she didn't already see....(Avoid these 'binoculars' whereever you see them..never worth it.)

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Kingston What to Pack

  • Sunscreen! It is often windy in Kingston

    No luggage. Comfy sandals or running / /hiking shoes. Shorts in the summer time and something for your head, like baseball cap. Sunscreen. Very important, especially for the children. Camera, Film, Spare batteries. Some snacks or sandvitches. Sunglasses! Money for icecream. :)

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  • Packing List

    Kingston is on the water so can get cool at night in the summer. In the winter it's downright cold so be prepared with warm clothing. Bring your beach gear for the lovely beaches and your scuba gear for exploring the wrecks. You might want your wetsuit to be on the thicker side, the water is not that warm.

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Kingston Off The Beaten Path

  • Rideau Heritage Route

    Instead of taking the main highways if you are going from Kingston to Ottawa, you might be interested in what is referred to as the Rideau Heritage Route that follow the Rideau River towards Ottawa. You can find a map as well as suggested stops and activities on the website below. But basically you take route 15 north and follow the river. Some...

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  • Everything Outdoors

    North of Kingston, Ontario lies the Township of South Frontenac. Perhaps best known for Frontenac Provincial Park, one of the only wilderness campgrounds in Southern Ontario, it is wonderful area of trails, lakes and scenery. Whether your interests lie in exploring the wilderness of the park on foot or canoe, searching for that unique antique or...

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  • A special cheese treat if you love...

    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...

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Kingston Sports & Outdoors

  • The Birthplace of Hockey

    Kingston is recognized around the world as the birthplace of Ice Hockey. Two of Kingston's most respected institutions; Queens University, sometimes called the Harvard of the North or the Oxford of the west (although any Queens Grad will tell you it is superior to both) and the Royal Military College (RMC), referred to as Canada's West Point (ditto...

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  • Ultimate!

    Kingston Summer Ultimate - great summer league if you're here between mid-May and August, but they also have free pick-up games at the fields at St. Lawrence College Mondays and Fridays at 6pm (check website for details after 2007). The age range of this league is about 20s-30s (no kids plz), and consists of both city residents and university...

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  • Road riding

    Road biking in general north of Kingston is fantastic, there's no shortage of low-traffic country roads to peruse at your leisure. The roads downtown/in the city kinda suck in terms of potholes and the general lack of bike lanes, but once you get up north of the 401 (major highway), the traffic drops right off and the shoulders widen just enough...

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Kingston Favorites

  • Universities/Colleges

    The third in the Kingston universities series is St. Lawrence Community College. It provides education and training in applied arts, business, engineering technology, trades, health sciences and human studies for individuals, businesses, industry and government. St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts and Technology King and Portsmouth Kingston,...

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  • 1000 Islands

    I found Wasa bread in a small shop in Wolfe Island...definitely did not expect seeing it there. I didn't even think that bread was available outside of Scandinavia (maybe at an Ikea shop), to be honest, but it made me smile.

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  • A little piece of Sweden in Wolfe Island

    I found Wasa bread in a small shop in Wolfe Island...definitely did not expect seeing it there. I didn't even think that bread was available outside of Scandinavia (maybe at an Ikea shop), to be honest, but it made me smile.

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