Known as the “Limestone City”, Kingston is dotted with 19th-century buildings, colorful gardens and historical sites. Located on Lake Ontario, it’s home to excellent museums, art galleries and a collection of islands with enthralling outdoor pursuits.
Things to do in Kingston
Stroll along the Kingston Waterfront while admiring sweeping views of Lake Ontario and visit parks, cafes and shops. Afterward, sit in the gazebo at Breakwater Park at sunset to capture views of sailboats cruising the lake.
Learn about the city’s military past at Fort Henry, a military fort dating back to 1812, where you can watch interpreters giving historical re-enactments and demonstrations of British military life. If you want to marvel at war trophies, aircraft and tanks, visit the Royal Military College of Canada Museum.
If you’re traveling with the kids, tour the Upper Canada Village to milk cows, ride miniature trains and go on a wagon ride. In the evening, catch a live performance at the Grand Theatre or marvel at notable pieces of artwork in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, which showcases pieces dating back to the 14th century.
Unwind with a boat tour of the Thousand Islands, an archipelago comprising 1,800 islands along the St. Lawrence River. You can also browse a quaint row of stores on Wolfe Island or take a refreshing dip in Big Sandy Bay.
Getting around Kingston
You can fly into Toronto Pearson International Airport, then drive 2.5 hours to Kingston’s city center or hop on a train from Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto. Kingston’s city center can be explored on foot or bicycle, while buses and taxis are also available.