At the gateway of the 1000 Islands and the UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal, Kingston is a city rich in history and culture. The city's strategic location – where the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui rivers meet Lake Ontario – have made it an important location for Canada's First Nations long before European settlers ever set foot here.
History thrives here. Kingston is often called "the limestone city" because of the many charming limestone buildings, many of which help tell the story of Canada.
Every year, we host a number of festivals and live concerts – including the Kick + Push Festival, Limestone City Blues Festival, Busker Rendezvous, Fort Fright and FebFest – and we’re constantly brainstorming to create new and engaging events that you’ll want to attend.
Kingston has plenty of museums, art galleries and historical sites to keep you busy – from small, specialized museums and art venues brimming with local and international talent to national historical treasures. Kingston is just begging to be explored.
Snap some pics of the city’s new and historical architecture, visit the Farmers’ Market (the oldest continuously run market in North America, in operation since 1801), and get some shopping done at the authentic boutiques and shops along Princess Street in the downtown core. It’s all waiting for you in Kingston.
Located in Ontario’s backyard, find out why Kingston will soon become your new favourite weekend getaway.
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