Kingston Ontario

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Kingston Ontario

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Kingston Ontario

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Kingston Ontario

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Kingston Ontario

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Kingston Ontario

Get to know what it’s like to visit this destination.

Getting To Know Kingston

Kingston is located on the north-eastern shores of Lake Ontario. Originally settled by Wendat (Huron) and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) nations, native communities in the area were decimated by smallpox from 1634 to 1640. Resettled by the Ojibwe (Mississauga) in the 17th century, the area became a British settlement after the French and Indian Wars of the 18th century. During the America Revolution, loyalist Americans who supported British rule emigrated to this newly founded “King’s Town”, named in honour of King George III.

Kingston is the oldest city in Ontario and has long been a strategic site for commercial and military endeavours. After construction in 1832 of the Rideau Canal, which connects Ottowa with Lake Ontario, Kingston found itself situated along three important waterways: the Rideau Canal, the St. Lawrence River, and Lake Ontario. Fort Henry was constructed after the War of 1812 to protect this strategic location.

Today, Kingston is home to Queen’s University, founded in 1841 and Canada’s oldest degree-granting university. Kingston is also the site of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, located at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. This museum collection holds navigational instruments, steam engines, and shipbuilding tools, as well as art and artefacts on Great Lakes maritime history.

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Things to see and do

  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
  • Kingston Waterfront
  • Martello Alley
  • Market Square
  • Rideau Canal and Kingston Mills Locks
  • Kingston City Hall
  • Fort Henry National Historic Site

More about Kingston…

Kingston hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics sailing competition and the Kingston Yacht Club still holds the annual Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston (CORK) in August.

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