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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.

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Kingston at its Best

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

Kingston Penitentiary Tours

Fort Fright
Fort Fright
Kingston Food Tours

Kingston Food Tours

Live Music Every Night
Live Music Every Night

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 or by purchasing a K-Pass. Tour information can be found on their website or by following them on Facebook.

A Terrifying Good Time

The majestic Fort Henry beckons you to visit this fall. Your most terrifying nightmares will come to life with more scares than ever before!  Step out of your comfort zone and into the dark..if you dare.




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!

Get Your Groove on in Kingston This Fall

Gather ‘round and raise a glass while enjoying an incredible live music scene in Kingston that has spawned some of our country’s most memorable artists. With music festivals dotting the calendar year-round, the local bars and pubs in Kingston are a haven for music enthusiasts of all genres.

The Merchant Tap House is a stone’s throw from the Lake Ontario waterfront in a unique historic venue that welcomes live bands from Thursday through Saturday. Musiikki’s smaller stage promises an intimate experience as this coffee, music and whiskey venue is known for booking all types of music – and a seriously great cup of joe. The Toucan has been a mainstay on the Kingston live music scene for almost three decades and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for both musicians and thirsty/hungry people – watch for the band Goldwing performing here every week. The Mansion is known across the city for featuring live bands daily – in the living room! Check out live bands, open mics, house bands and more. Olivea has eked a spot in as a favourite venue to see live jazz every Tuesday night – with no cover charge! The Italian food is scrumptious and the tunes are flowing from rotating bands, including Spencer Evans, the Downtown Trio or Dave Barton Trio. The dance floor at BLUMartini is always rocking and the stage at Confederation Basin is the perfect place to get your groove on while exploring local places to enjoy the tunes in the summer. Lastly, the RCHA Club gets grooving with live bands each Thursday to Sunday, covering jazz, blues, folk, Celtic and rock.

Make more musical memories in Kingston at its exciting live music festivals all year round, such as the Homegrown Live Festival; Limestone City Blues Festival; Wolfe Islands Music Festival and the Canadian Guitar Festival among others.

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