Artist’s Enclave On The Canadian Side

Kingston is an artist’s enclave on the Canadian side of the Thousand Island. It’s a spot known for its artists and musicians, boutique shops, impressive architecture, and sidewalk cafes. Kingston is also known as Limestone City thanks to the use of white limestone in the construction of many buildings in the 1800s.

Kingston is Canada’s second-oldest city, having served as the capital of Upper and Lower Canada from 1841 to 1844. Discovering the city’s proud heritage can be experienced by taking the guided tour through Kingston City Hall.

The town is also host to several memorable festivals and events, including the incredible four-day street performing festival Buskers’ Rendezvous and the Limestone City Blues Festival. For these events, city streets are closed off and festival attendees enjoy great food and entertainment. Kingston also boasts excellent live music in a waterside park and dinner cruises.

Those with a love of the outdoors will enjoy the more than 40 provincial, federal, and state parks in the immediate area and five conservation areas within city limits.

Kingston in a Day:

After breakfast, take a tour of the city’s historic sites. Many can be seen via the Confederation Tour Trolley, including Royal Military College, Fort Henry, Fort Frontenac, Kingston’s penitentiaries, Olympic Harbour (site of the 1976 Olympic Sailing events), Bellevue House (residence of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister) and Queen’s University.

Grab lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes in the city center. Following lunch, take advantage of Kingston’s aquatic attractions by kayaking, taking a cruise, going scuba diving, or sailing.

For a change of pace, finish off the day by taking a haunted walk after dinner. You’ll stroll through graveyards, visit sites of hangings, and visit haunted buildings.

Kingston Highlights:

  • River cruises
  • Haunted walks
  • Rugby tournament games (Barclays Churchill Cup)
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Confederation Tour Trolley
  • Live theater
  • A number of historic sites