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Sail across the shining waters of Lake Ontario on a voyage of historical discovery, marvel at the ancient architecture that fills every street, and take a step back in time as you indulge in shopping the way it used to be, with high street stores, friendly shopkeepers, and a welcoming smile at every doorway. This is Kingston, Ontario’s seat of gothic spired churches, French architecture, and English-inspired townhouses. It’s where you’ll discover the secrets of the Thousand Islands archipelago, the mysterious past of Singer Castle, and the intrigue of Deer Island owned by an unusual secret society.

Things to see

On the edge of Lake Ontario, the 375 hectares of lush green recreation ground of Lake Ontario Park is a real attraction for visitors, with extensive hiking trails winding along the shorefront, quiet picnic spots on the soft sandy beaches, and kayaking on the shining waters of its gentle river channels. You can walk to the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Stadium from here, the city’s illustrious Canadian football stadium which was named after a local boy, professional ice hockey player, and war hero who died in World War I. His seat of learning, Queen’s University, sits at the heart of Kingston, an impressive collection of historic buildings and modern architecture. The tall, squared tower of its Grant Hall is a much visited landmark, home to concerts, public meetings, and conferences. If you’re here to discover the Great Lakes, the Gananoque Boat Line is a fun, family-friendly way to enjoy a history lesson along with impressive views. Hop aboard a triple-decked motorboat at the marina and discover the elegant waterfront homes of Millionaire’s Row, the solid stone walls and towering spires of Boldt Castle, and the unimaginable beauty of Lake Ontario’s countless islands.

Hotels in Kingston

Kingston has a touch of old world charm to its downtown buildings, a quaint collection of French renaissance and gothic revival architecture, pretty main street stores, and pillared civic buildings overlooking landscaped parks. There are some modern hotels in Kingston sitting in its side streets, but the city has some wonderful luxury hotels in converted townhouses, where bay windows, original alabaster fireplaces, and 4-poster beds provide timely elegance. Discount hotels and motels are easy to find along the Princess Street area, where comfort is key although the facilities might be basic. Most do provide continental breakfasts, on-site parking, and contemporary facilities like WiFi.

Where to stay

The city of Kingston is a vibrant community, and an unusual blend of old-fashioned architecture, ancient history museums, and lively nightclubs. Local boutiques interspersed with occasional international brand stores line its wide boulevards, and Main Street face-to-face shopping is still an important aspect of community life here. Over at Gananoque, shiplap covered houses and discount hotels trail their way through leafy streets towards the shimmering waters of Lake Ontario, passing antiquated hardware stores, friendly Italian eateries, and English-styled pubs along the way.

How to get to Kingston

The Norman Rogers Municipal Airport is the closest airfield to Kingston, but you’ll only arrive here on interconnecting flights from Canadian airports. It’s just as simple to fly into Ottawa and travel by car, enjoying the 1 and a half hour scenic journey. Rail from Ottawa takes 2 hours, arriving at John Counter Boulevard station in the west of Kingston, but with so many marinas dotted along its waterfront, getting here by boat is a popular option.