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.

  • 2.5hrs from
    Toronto
  • 2hrs from
    Ottawa
  • 3hrs from
    Montreal

Kingston 1000 Islands at its Best

Lumina Borealis
Lumina Borealis
Skate in Market Square
Skate in Market Square
Sightseeing Made Easy with Trolley Tours
Sightseeing Made Easy with Trolley Tours
Dining, Best Enjoyed Fresh
Dining, Best Enjoyed Fresh
Kingston Downtown At-A-Glance
Kingston Downtown At-A-Glance

Lumina Borealis

You’re about to enter an enchanted land. Where the spirit of winter flickers to life before your eyes and captivates your soul. On the icy shores of the St. Lawrence River, at the historical Fort Henry; Lumina Borealis is heartwarming, even on chilliest winter’s evening.

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This is the biggest extended winter event of its kind in Canada. It’s designed to capture the awe you had as a child and bring you back to a time when the mystery of winter was a delight. It’s interactive with amazing technology that wows visitors with surprises along the way. But most of all, it’s a great way to bring families and friends together for an evening that will have reignite your winter spirit, in the most magical way.

Thursday to Sunday from December 1st to February 4th from 5 to 11 pm. Dress warmly, this is an outdoor experience.

Read more about this winter magical experience, or click here to book your tickets.

 

 

 

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.

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Sightseeing Made Easy with Trolley Tours

Hop On, Hop Off tours are offered by Kingston Trolley Tours and are a great way to get to know historic Kingston, Ontario. Just hop aboard any of the four comfortable, thirty-two passenger trolleys and you’ll begin a journey that will engulf you in Kingston’s rich history and take you to some of the best attractions.

This informative and engaging trip will give you an overview of Kingston’s more than three hundred years of history. The Trolley route covers all of Kingston’s historic old town and downtown shopping district, as far East as Fort Henry and as far West as the Kingston Penitentiary.

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When in season, the Trolley makes nine stops in the heart of the most popular visitor destinations, including Fort Henry, the Penitentiary Museum, and Queen’s University; you can hop off at any stop, stay for as long as you like, then hop back on and tour. Hop off and grab a bite to eat, take a cruise, shop or relax by the water. Then hop back on and continue your tour.

Hop aboard and start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

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!

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

Woodenheads Gourmet Pizza
This is the place to go for delicious and unique food, including the best wood-fired pizza around. Relax on the patio or chill inside by the bar, just make sure to call ahead because this is one busy spot. Located at 192 Ontario Street, Kingston.

Dianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse
Downtown Kingston, just steps away from the waterfront you’ll find Dianne’s. This is a seafood extravaganza that celebrates the quintessential Canadian east coast with a hint of Baja Mexican flavouring. Dianne’s has embraced the local food movement and is a big supporter of local farmers and breweries such as Gananoque Brewing Company and Muskoka Brewery. Located at 195 Ontario Street, Kingston.

The Kingston Brewing Company
This is Ontario’s oldest brew pub, established n 1986 and is Canada’s oldest wine-producing pub. Housed in an 1800’s-era brick and stone building, they produce beers, wines, ciders and soda pops right on the premises. Food is pub style with beer used in many of the recipes. Located at 34 Clarence Street, Kingston.

Chez Piggy
Tucked away in the heart of downtown, you’ll find Kingston’s beloved Chez Piggy. Since opening in 1979, food quality and amazing tastes have been their priority; this made them a favourite destination for food lovers in this area. The menu is inspired by the flavours of  world and they are dedicated to bringing only the freshest ingredients to your table. Located at 68R Princess Street, Kingston.

Geneva Crepe Café Bistro
If you have never tried a crepe before, this is the place to do it. At Geneva Crepe Café Bistro, they specialize in French crepes (savory & sweet), Belgian waffles, homemade soups and seasonal salads. Once you’ve had one of these crepes, you’ll never look at a pancake again without wanting so much more. Located at 297 Princess Street, Kingston.

Start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

History is Very Much Alive

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Fort Henry is one of Canada’s premiere historic attractions, and 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!

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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.

Marine Museum of the Great Lakes of Kingston
Come explore a big ship, the 3.000-ton Coast Guard ice breakerAlexander Henry, moored inside the limestone dry dock, a national historic site.  Then tour the museum galleries containing a treasure trove of Great Lakes marine artefacts, models, images and paintings. Located at 55 Ontario Street, Kingston.

Kingston, a 300 year old city is waiting for you. Start planning your trip on our searchable trip planner, Activities Await.

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