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Steeped in History, Yet Constantly Evolving

At the gateway of the 1000 Islands and the UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal, Kingston is a city rich in history and culture.  We’re a city built on a grand heritage and defined by our ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today. Peruse art shops and alleyways like Antique Alley for collectables and Martello Alley, an artist collective of original and printed works. Another cobbled alleyway leads to Chez Piggy for seafood platters and duck wings. Pan Chancho bakes their bread and invites you to devour warm maple butter tarts. Our dining scene explodes with diversity best discovered by Kingston Food Tours. Along Lake Ontario, the recently closed Kingston Penitentiary looms ominously. If you want to dissuade a person from a life of crime, book a tour of the cavernous halls. Atop Fort Henry National Historic Site, views of the harbor, teeming with boats, are panoramic. Explore 19th Century military life in this living history museum and watch the Sunset Ceremony reenactment of the War of 1812. Native sons and daughters from Sir John A. Macdonald to the Tragically Hip have forged Kingston’s cultural landscape from Canada’s first capital to its burgeoning music, arts and food scene. Hashtag FreshMadeDaily and discover the bold ‘taste of place’ that makes Kingston the Capital of Hip.

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Kingston at its Best

Is your group game for some fun?
Is your group game for some fun?
Kingston Food Tours

Kingston Food Tours

Dining, Best Enjoyed Fresh
Dining, Best Enjoyed Fresh
Cruise the Waterway and City in Style
Cruise the Waterway and City in Style
Kingston Penitentiary Tours

Kingston Penitentiary Tours

Is your group game for some fun?

Grab some friends, fun-loving family, or your S.O. and get in on the fun of group gaming in Kingston! Experiences like these make for unforgettable moments. 

Escape rooms like Improbable Escapes offer immersive, creative experiences that are the definition of putting your heads together. Groups work as a team to solve puzzles, use quick thinking and ultimately team build in the process – with different scenarios, sets and lots of great problem-solving.

Leave your reality behind and experience something completely different with the VR Hut Kingston’s first virtual reality experience centre. Challenge yourself in games; see places you have never been before or experience a new reality – all through immersion into a computer-generated world that’s beyond anything you can imagine.

Throwing the night away is a good thing at Kingston Axe Throwing! Get a group together and learn how to throw axes on target in a contest style setting – this is one experience that you won’t soon forget.

Walk, Eat Repeat

Kingston Food Tours will take you on a stroll through Kingston’s hip and historic downtown with stops at some of the best, local restaurants. You’ll get an insider’s perspective on our city’s history and culture as the tours focus on unique shops, restaurants, artisans, and farmers who contribute to Kingston’s thriving local food movement. If you have a passion for food you’ll fall in love with Kingston on this fun, educational, and delicious tour!

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 a cozy outdoor patio:

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.

Le Chien Noir Bistro
Le Chien Noir is one of the City’s most popular dining establishments. This upbeat, stylish bistro serves dishes prepared with fresh seasonal market-driven ingredients. Unwind at the spacious zinc bar, relax in the dining room or on the colorful courtyard terrace. Located at 69 Brock Street, Kingston

With authentic German and Austrian cuisine, Amadeus has been serving schnitzel to Kingstonians since 1992. To complement their old world Breitwieser family recipes, Amadeus offers an exclusive list of draft beers imported directly from Germany. You can enjoy a true Hefeweissbier, Pilsner or even an original Lager from Munich. During the summer months be sure to visit the Biergarten and enjoy a gold Radler – you will honestly feel a touch of Europe.

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.


Cruise the Waterway and City in Style

Spring Season Launch – Starts April 19

Take in the sights and sounds of the city’s waterfront by touring the 8km waterfront pathway that passes right along the popular downtown harbor. Hop aboard the free, 20-minute Wolfe Island Ferry and Explore Wolfe Island.

If you are looking for a new perspective the city takes on a different vista from the water – especially on a leisurely dinner or sunset cruise. At Kingston 1000 Island Cruises it’s all about food, fun and entertainment! They are committed to fine food services, interactive entertainment and first-rate service aboard all of our vessels.

Island Queen
A 300-passenger paddle wheeler. With interior oak panels and antique tin, this beautifully restored triple-decker will remind you of those classic cruise ships on the Mississippi. Suitable for leisure cruises but perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Island Belle
This 150-passenger beauty is a regular site in and around the 1000 Islands. It’s a replica St. Lawrence Steamer with two decks that are used for Discover Cruises and charters. It can accommodate 60 passengers for a sit-down meal or 125 for an evening reception or informal barbecue.

Island Star
One of the most recognized 1000 Islands cruise ships, likely due to its unique translucent glass canopy. Similar to the Bateaux-Mouche style boats popular on the Seine in Paris, this 180-capacity model puts you closer to the water than any other type of cruise ship. With a full kitchen on board, the dining menu offers a choice of entrees cooked to order, making this ship a popular option for lunch, dinner and panorama cruises.

Choose between daily sightseeing cruises, private charters or a complete dining experience, departing from the wharf at 1 Brock Street, downtown Kingston.

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.

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.

Kingston Penitentiary Tours

Tours start May 8th, 2019

The Kingston Penitentiary opened its doors in 1835. During its reign, this imposing prison has housed many infamous criminals, was visited by Charles Dickens and has seen prison escapes as well as rioting.

Today, the jail cells stand empty and the doors that were once locked are now open, welcoming tourists who want to catch a glimpse of what life inside a maximum security penitentiary.

Guided tours of Kingston Penitentiary are the result of a partnership between the Correctional Services of Canada, the City of Kingston and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, which operates and sells tour tickets. Tours regularly sell out, making this one of the most sought after travel activities in South Eastern Ontario.

Tickets for Kingston Penitentiary tours are available exclusively at or by purchasing a K-Pass. Tour information can be found on their website or by following them on Facebook.

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