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Located mid-way between Toronto and Ottawa, Kingston´s 10-minute commutes, its creative class atmosphere and its leisure activities create a humming sense of vitality within an intense work-play environment.
Natural beauty surrounds Kingston, and the city itself boasts one of the largest per capita green space areas in Ontario with 180 parks and 2,500 acres of maintained ground. Experiencing Mother Nature here is as simple as taking a stroll in one of the historic parks or riding a bicycle along one of the city’s beautiful trails.
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Kingston, Ontario is a city of elegance and charm.
Its 19th century limestone homes and its red brick Victorian style
architecture lend appeal to vacationers and prospective residents alike.
Kingston is ideally located at the point where Lake Ontario enters the St.
Lawrence River. For over three hundred years, marine traffic has passed through
Kingston enroute to the Great Lakes. For most of those years, Kingston was a
major shipbuilding center. Schooners and steamers built in the area have
traveled all over the world.
Beyond Kingston’s sedate, well-ordered existence
lies a fascinating secret. Not every vessel that set out for the Great Lakes
successfully navigated the difficult course. Shipwrecks of all shapes and sizes
stretch out in every direction far below the surface of the clear blue waters,
preserved by the consistently cold temperatures of their final resting place.
Amateur and professional scuba divers find Kingston the perfect place for a
holiday filled with adventure and the prospect of “finding the big one.”
The city of Kingston features
the amenities of an urban centre with the allure of a small city. Kingston has
two universities and a community college which is highly unusual for its size,
giving it an intellectual strength that touches all aspects of the community.
The city’s military and naval history are captured and celebrated in area
museums, galleries and theatres. From its geological beginnings to the vibrant
contemporary arts scene, there is an eclectic range of experiences offered by
these historic sites and cultural venues.
As an orientation, visitors can enjoy an historic
one-hour tour of the "Limestone City" aboard the Confederation Tour Trolley.
The tour includes an overview of the celebrated campus of Queen's University,
one of Canada's oldest and finest institutions of learning.
Fort Henry, a majestic 19th Century British Military
Fortress, features performances by the famous Fort Henry Guard, complete with
canon fire, guns, and the music of the fife and drum. It is one of Kingston's
greatest historical treasures. Bellevue House, deemed a National Historic Site,
has guides in period costume who welcome visitors to the home of Canada's first
Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.
In the summer months, Kingston
hosts many festivals including the Annual Buskers Rendezvous, which is held in
July and brings in over a 100 street performers from all over the world,
including musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes throughout the Downtown area.Every August the city is a hub of activity when hundreds of
sailors converge for C.O.R.K., the annual Canadian Olympic Training Regatta.
Kingston is known as the
fresh-water capital of North America, and is a major port from which to cruise
the Thousand Islands. A pleasant jaunt to New York State can easily be arranged
aboard the Wolfe Island Ferry, which connects with Watertown New York via the
summer vacation paradise of the same name, the largest of the Thousand Islands.
The ferry runs frequently each day year round. Kingston is also convenient
Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal by car or by rail.
From professional services to specialty boutiques and shops, dining and cultural
experiences, Kingston has been ranked along with Halifax and Victoria as having
one of the top three most vibrant downtowns of Canada. Populated by historic
neighbourhoods, the ivy-covered buildings of Queen’s University, and a
spectacular stretch of waterfront parkland, Kingston is perfect anytime. It is
the place for a family vacation, for the pursuit of higher education at a
leading university, for diving for long buried treasure, and for just enjoying
time away in a storybook setting.