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Things to know about Kingston, Ontario, Ontario

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added on 23rd of November, 2007

Located 3 hours from Toronto and easily reachable on the scenic Route 2 if you want to drive there, Kingston is a city that offers a beautiful insight to history and architecture. From the imposing buildings you can see that it’s been an important residence in the past and it really was as it was the capital of Canada.

The rich historical heritage will be definitely appreciated by history buffs and architecture enthusiasts who can visit the old limestone buildings. They are mostly located downtown and they make for a nice stroll.

To get a proper visit of the main attractions it would be a good idea to get a guide from one of the tourist information points. This is in case you want to have a self guided tour of the city if not then hop on the Confederation Tour Trolley for a 50 minutes tour of the city. You can get on in front the Kingston Tourist Information Office.

Both in the city and around you will be connected to nature. The city being at the confluence of Lake Ontario, the Rideau Canal, and the St. Lawrence Seaway you’ll see beautiful beaches, a nice lakefront, and numerous parks, but the city is also the gateway to a region of farms and orchards, attractive villages, the Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence National Park and St. Lawrence River which delights visitors with a magnificent sight including that of the Thousand Islands region with more than 1,800 islands that makes the river so famous. St. Lawrence National Park is set here and it is Canada's smallest national park. It has all the necessary facilities from motels, campgrounds, picnic areas to boat-launching sites, a beach and RV sites.

There are plenty of cruises to take and they are of different kinds, the sunset cruise is the best, but exploring the Thousand Islands aboard a houseboat is not to be overlooked either. It has everything from fully equipped kitchen to hot running water.

There’s also Wolfe Island that makes for a nice outing being 25-minute away from downtown Kingston if you take the car ferry. It is a fairly unpopulated island and it is and excellent choice if you want to get away from the hassle of the city. The trip is free and it would be a pity to miss it.

The lakefront is the most attractive part of the city with the Confederation Park stretching along it, beautiful parks and a maritime museum. A lot of action goes on in this area. It is here that the flea-and-farmers' market is held three times a week, lots of contests and festivals delight both locals and tourists. The city hall is close by and it is a must for all those who visit the city. With its amazing stained-glass windows in the Memorial Hall the town hall has always delighted its visitors. Guiding is free so there’s one more reason for you to visit it.

Shopping enthusiasts should head towards the Earth to Spirit, the Glass Store and Sultan's Bazaar for some quality shopping. You’ll find here very interesting stuff.

A vacation in Kingston delivers the biggest and best that Canada has to offer, it has lots of recreation possibilities, attractions, nightlife and events to excite the interests of any visitor. Whether you’re seeking sun, fun, adrenaline, or tranquility, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in Kingston.


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Kingston is a Canadian city situated on the east end of Lake Ontario, the place where Thousand Islands start and where the lake falls into St. Lawrence River. It is a county seat for Frontenac County and has been nicknamed as ‘Limestone City’ for its historical buildings made of local limestone. Kingston is well-known for being one of the oldest Canadian communities. The city’s history begins back in 1673 when Cataraqui was selected as a building for the fortified trading post named as Fort Frontenac. A war took place between Iroquois and French during 1687 and after 2 years, the Fort was abandoned for Iroquois and was destroyed. By... Read more »


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Visit Kingston in every season - Dec 8, 2008, by traveladdict
The city of Kingston is situated in the proximity of Ontario Lake and is part of Ontario Province, Canada. The city of Kingston is also the county seat for County of Frontenac which is actually an upper tier municipality for Ontario. You... Read more »


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