June 20, 2015
Kingston has a history of making sporting use of the city’s enviable freshwater harbour all year round.
While many know that Kingston boasts some of the best freshwater sailing in the world (it hosted 1976 Olympic sailing events), you may be surprised to learn the city also offers the best freshwater shipwreck diving in the world. An estimated 400 shipwrecks – from schooners to steamships dating back to the 19th century – are believed to be lurking under the waves in the Kingston region. Dive operators visit 15 popular sites as part of the Preserve Our Wrecks program, which safeguards heritage wrecks.
Hockey fans also know that Kingston lays claim to being the birthplace of hockey. In 1886, teams from Queen’s University and the Royal Military College faced off in Kingston Harbour – an event memorialized each year during the Carr-Harris Cup.
Founded in September 1943, Kingston is home to the Original Hockey Hall of Fame – now known as the International Hockey Hall of Fame – the oldest sports hall of fame in Canada.
In addition to these notable sport claims-to-fame, Kingston has also produced its fair share of Olympians, including decorated triathlete Simon Whitfield, recent silver-medallist rowers Will Crothers and Rob Gibson, and hockey legend Kirk Muller.
Visit Kingston during Doors Open and discover the heritage behind the legends.