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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. The waterfront is brimming with activities, festivals, pathways and eateries. Kingston boasts more restaurants per capita than nearly any city in Canada, so make sure to come hungry. With an abundance of casual outdoor patios, fine dining restaurants, and pubs – you’ll find something delicious at every turn. 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 at its Best

Cruise the Waterway in Style
Cruise the Waterway in Style
Kingston Penitentiary Tours

Kingston Penitentiary Tours

K-Pass
K-Pass
Kingston Food Tours

Kingston Food Tours

History is Very Much Alive
History is Very Much Alive

Cruise the Waterway in Style

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 foodservices, 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’s 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.

Kingston Penitentiary Tours

The Kingston Penitentiary opened its doors in 1835. During it 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 kingstonpentour.com or by purchasing a K-Pass. Tour information can be found on their website or by following them on Facebook.

K-Pass makes it easy to visit Kingston and the 1000 Islands!

One Pass, one price, K-Pass is your all-inclusive ticket to some of Kingston’s most popular attractions. It includes a 1000 Islands Cruise, Hop on, Hop off Trolley Tour and admission to museums and attractions. You can choose a 24h, 48h or 72h pass, which includes admission to each attraction once while the pass is active.

K-Pass also includes discounts at restaurants and a 3h bicycle rental. This is a great way to explore Kingston for the best value.

 

 

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!

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!

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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.

PumpHouse
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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