- City Guide - Kingston
Welcome to Kingston, Ontario – The Limestone City! Kingston has a population of over 120,000 and is located midway between Toronto and Montreal. Kingston was named the first capital of the Province of Ontario on February 15, 1841, and was home to Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. While its time as a political centre did not last long, Kingston has remained an important military installation.
Kingston's economy relies heavily on public sector institutions and establishments. The most important sectors are related to health care, education, government, tourism, and culture. Manufacturing, and research and development also play a small role.
Kingston is said to be a city built on a grand heritage and defined by an exquisite ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today. The city of Kingston is known as the fresh-water sailing capital of North America and prides itself in being a major port for scenic entertainment cruises of the breathtaking 1000 Islands - a group of islands, large and small, that occupy the St.
Natural beauty surrounds Kingston, and the city itself boasts one of the largest per capita green space areas in Ontario with 180 parks and 2,500 acres of maintained ground. Experiencing Mother Nature here is as simple as taking a stroll in one of the historic parks or riding a bicycle along one of the city’s beautiful trails.
When you visit, you’ll find there’s an endless array of things to do. Its bustling urban heart is the home to businesses offering all the amenities of a major city center, but retains the quaint allure of small town life.
Take a guided tour via trolley, on foot, by horse drawn carriage, or on a boat where professional guides can give you an excellent synopsis of the area’s history and current day life. One of Kingston’s most popular tourist destinations is historic Fort Henry, where visitors can take guided tours, hear the cannons thunder, or enjoy the world famous Sunset Ceremonies (during the summer months). Other notable attractions in Kingston include; 1000 Islands Boat Cruise, K-Rock Centre, Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Kingston WritersFest, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
Sports lovers will not be disappointed, as Kingston a hub of sporting activity. Kingstonians participate at national and international levels of several sports, including; hockey, soccer, sailing, diving, golf, curling, rugby and football.
Not matter what your interests – there is something for everyone to do in Kingston!