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Wonderfully Wintery

Nature views abound in The Great Waterway and during the winter, the view is even more majestic when blanketed in a layer of snow. This area boasts amazing opportunities to embrace the best of winter. Go skating on our abundant waterways, try your luck with ice fishing or go skiing or horseshoeing on our trails. As the temperature drops, the cultural scene heats up with live theatre performances, fun festivals and artisan shops. With so much going on, there’s no time to hibernate; the crisp air, clear skies and cozy accommodations await.

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Things To Do

Lumina Borealis

Old Man Winter is Welcome in Kingston

Embrace the spirit of the season at Fort Henry’s winter celebration, Lumina Borealis. It’s a wondrous journey that will reignite your winter spirit. Then head to Springer Market Square in downtown Kingston to skate. With free admission, well maintained ice and delicious hot chocolate available nearby, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place to skate. There is also tobogganing at Fort Henry Hill, an abundance of trails for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking and bird watching near by. Then warm up in one of this areas fine restaurants or go cheer on a hockey game at the KRock Centre. There is no shortage of things to do in Kingston this winter!

Alight at Night

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Stroll through one of the region’s most cherished family traditions at the award-winning Alight at Night Festival. You’ll marvel at the one million lights twinkling from the heritage buildings, trees, and fences of Upper Canada Village. Visit with Santa in the majestic Victorian setting of Saint Nick’s Merry Mansion. Experience the enchantment of horse-drawn wagons and romantic carriage rides for two. Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel and Toy Train, and explore the Mistletoe Maze. Enjoy festive dining, shopping and holiday cheer as carolers sing in the season!

Places to See

Kingston 1000 Islands

Steeped in History, Yet Constantly Evolving

As ice forms on the picturesque St. Lawrence River and snow blankets the city, Kingston, will warm your soul. From stunning winter celebrations like Lumina Borealis to festivals and a vibrant theatre and arts scene, this is a city that bustles, all year long. Head downtown to skate in Springer Market Square, enjoy the quaint shops and warm up in a cozy pub. Authentic, vibrant and oh so delicious – with more restaurants per capita than nearly an other city in Canada be sure to come hungry. The abundance of casual diners, fine dining and pubs are always serving up something delicious.

Gananoque 1000 Islands

Spectacular Sights Await

Known as one of the most beautiful places on earth Gananoque and the 1000 Islands is world-class destination – no matter what time of the year you visit. During winter, you’ll marvel at the grander of the 1000 Islands, enveloped in a glistening sheen of white snow and sparkling ice.

Take in some of this area’s attractions or enjoy the trails and go snowshoeing, skiing or winter hiking. Be sure to bring your camera and capture your moment in this world-class waterfront destination.

Bay of Quinte

It’s Always a Great Time to Visit

The Bay of Quinte is known as the Walleye Capital of the World and the best part about it is that you can drop your line and fish year round. Anglers come from all over to fish these waters and hook one of these large monsters and ice is no barrier to catching a big one. But there’s more than great fishing, when it comes to this beautiful area; hit the Cheddar & Ale Trail, take in a play, go skiing or check out one of the winter festivals.

See For Yourself

If the beauty of South Eastern Ontario can’t be put in words or shown in pictures, then perhaps this video will inspire you to visit.

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