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Steeped in History, Yet Constantly Evolving

On the picturesque shores of the St. Lawrence River lies the historic city of Kingston. Home to impassioned curators and creators, a place that embraces new ideas – it’s authentic, vibrant and never stops surprising. No matter the season; downtown brims with activities, festivals, shops and eateries. And as Kingston boasts more restaurants per capita than nearly any other city in Canada; make sure to come hungry. The abundance of casual diners, fine dining restaurants, and pubs – are a great way to warm up and find something delicious to indulge in. The fun doesn’t slow down at night with a vibrant theatre, arts, and events scene.

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Kingston 1000 Islands at its Best

Skate in Market Square
Skate in Market Square
Kingston Downtown At-A-Glance
Kingston Downtown At-A-Glance
Kingston Frontenacs
Kingston Frontenacs
Dining, Best Enjoyed Fresh
Dining, Best Enjoyed Fresh
History is Very Much Alive
History is Very Much Alive

Come Skate in the Square

Get festive – meet up with friends and family and enjoy beautiful and historic downtown Kingston, during a fun skate at Springer Market Square. With the city glittering all around you; this is a great way to get outside and enjoy the brisk winter air. Skating in the Square is always free and skate rentals are available. After you’re finished, warm up at one of the nearby restaurants or cafes.

Kingston Downtown at a Glance

A visit to Kingston wouldn’t be complete without at trip to the bustling downtown core. During tourist season you’ll find everything from street performing, live music, and cooking demonstrations to boats and fireworks. There is something for everyone to enjoy at downtown Kingston’s many events and festivals.

Here are just a few of the many events happening downtown:

Springer Market Square Has Got It Going On

Right in the hub of downtown, you’ll find Springer Market Square. In the cooler months, you can skate under the stars on a beautifully kept skating rink. In tourist season, check out Movies in the Square, where most Thursday evenings, this unique space is transformed into a free, outdoor movie theatre. There’s also free Local Chef Cooking Demos every Saturday, where Kingston’s best chefs come together with local producers to share their knowledge and passion of local food with the public. Another great find in the square is Kingston’s Public Market, where fresh, local produce and other products are sold every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, April through November.

Confederation Park for Great Views and Activities

Located across from City Hall on the shores of the St. Lawrence River you’ll find Kingston’s most happening park. From mid June through September hear Music in the Park. Kingston’s most talented musicians perform over 50 concerts in an array of musical genres. Taste of Kingston and Chilifest; two amazing events both celebrating one of things Kingstonian’s like best; food! Taste of Kingston, in July, allows you to sample the wares from some of the city’s best restaurants. Chilifest, in September, allows local restaurants show off their chili making skills.

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous

Street performers from all over the world come together in Kingston for this action packed event that will leave you awed and entertained. You’ll see everything from juggling to dancing to jaw dropping magic. Find them from July 6 – 9th 2017, when Kingston turns downtown streets into a stage for performers.

Check our Events section to see the dates and times of these and other great happenings.

Cheer on the Fronts

Go Fronts Go! Cheer on The Kingston Frontenacs – the local OHL junior ice hockey team. Take in a home game at the Rogers K-Rock Centre and enjoy an exciting game of hockey. Coached by Jay Varady and with Darren Keily as the General Manager; this season is going to be full of adrenalin pumping action.


Dining, Best Enjoyed Fresh

You can’t visit Kingston and not rave about the food. With more restaurants per capita than nearly any city in Canada, you’re guaranteed to find something new and delicious! Casual & fine dining, unique creations and pub fare – you’ll find it all and more in Kingston 1000 Islands!

Listing every amazing restaurant would be next to impossible but here are few that offer something unique:

Tango Nuevo Tapas & Wine

At Tango, the chefs draw inspiration from around the world to create unique tapa’s that are a blend of international ingredients and local produce, artisan meats and cheeses. Embrace the Spanish tradition of sharing small plates, known as tapas in the chick atmosphere of their rustic dining room. Located at 331 King Street E., Kingston.

Pan Chancho Bakery & Café

Adored by Kingstonians, Pan Chancho is a downtown Kingston hot spot. Originally created to be a small bakery that offers homemade bread; this popular spot has grown and now boasts a dazzling European style bakery, a gourmet food shop and a dine in café. In the café, the menu will take you on a global food tour with breakfast, lunch and all day brunch, seven days a week. Located at 44 Princess Street, Kingston.

Southpaw Cat Café

Certified organic coffee, freshly made desserts, made to order sandwiches and wraps all enjoyed in the company of playful cats. This feline friendly café not only serves amazing food but typically has around 5 to 8 cats that need forever homes. So stop in, have a cup of coffee, pet an adorable cat and perhaps even adopt one. Located at 749 Bayridge Drive, Kingston.

Le Chien Noir Bistro

Located just steps from historic Market Square, Le Chien Noir is Kingston’s friendly neighborhood bistro and is evocative of a French ‘Gastropub’ with a global influence. All dishes are prepared using fresh, high quality and whenever possible local ingredients. Unwind at the spacious zink bar, relax in the dining room and if the weather permits, enjoy the colourful courtyard terrace. Located at 69 Brock Street, Kingston.

Windmills Casual Fine Dining

Windmills is a true treat for your senses, no detail is overlooked from the exceptional food and fine wine to the evocative art and soothing music. Using only the freshest ingredients, many from local producers; the menu is eclectic and features fare from around the world. Located at 184 Princess Street, Kingston.

History is Very Much Alive

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Fort Henry is one of Canada’s premiere historic attractions, along with the Rideau Canal and the Kingston Fortifications, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built from solid Kingston limestone and armed with an arsenal of cannons and Snider Enfield rifles, Fort Henry was constructed to guard Kingston against foreign invasion. Today, Fort Henry is both a museum and a spectacular historic site. Once inside the fortification’s wooden gates, visitors enter a marvelous reproduction of 19th century military life. Thousands of international guests are welcomed with hands-on programs for kids and adults, musical and sporting events, daily half-hour tours and live interpretations. Plus, summer evenings feature Fort Henry Guard music and artillery performances!


Kingston has a rich heritage and local pride that is showcased in the 24 museums and historic sites that you can enjoy and discover. Here are a few of the museums worth checking out:

Bellevue House Natural Historic Site of Canada
Visit the 1840’s restored house and gardens of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. Exhibits in the visitor centre commemorate his life and career, and costumed staff present the daily life of the Macdonald family. Located at 35 Centre Street, Kingston.

Canada’s Penitentiary Museum
Built in 1873 as the Kingston Penitentiary Warden’s residence, “Cedarhedge” now houses Canada’s Penitentiary Museum. Investigate the history of Canada’s federal penitentiaries. Located at 555 King Street West, Kingston.

Fairfield House and Park
Built in 1793, this house preserves the building skills of the Loyalist settlers. Visit for a guided tour. The park on the lakeshore is a pleasant picnic area. Located at 4574 Bath Road, Kingston.

MacLauchlan Woodwork Museum
This museum holds the most extensive, nationally significant collection of woodworking tools in Canada. The Museum is located 16km East of Kingston at the entrance of scenic Grass Creek Park.

Entertainment and enrichment abound at the PumpHouse Museum. The historic building houses steam machinery that played and important part in building Canada’s success. The train room boasts a stunning collection of model trains. With a push of a button this room comes alive. Kid’s love the Discover Centre where learning through play is encourage and embraced. There are also may events and exhibits to capture your imagination. Located at 23 Ontario Street, Kingston.

Kingston, a 300 year old city is waiting for you.

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