About Kingston

The City of Kingston, often referred to as the Limestone City, is a wonderful place to live. It is conveniently located halfway between Montreal and Toronto and only a 2 hour drive from the Nation's capital.

Kingston has much to offer its residents and tourists alike. It is home to many restaurants, patios, Kingston Public Market, shops and boutiques, golf courses, theatres and much more. Some of Kingston's main attractions include the Grand Theatre, K-Rock Centre, Fort Henry, and tours of the famous 1000 Islands.

With festivals and events taking place throughout the year, there is never a shortage of things to do in Kingston. Outdoor skating in Springer Market Square, Feb Fest, Kingston Buskers Festival, 1000 Island Poker Run and Limestone City Blues Festival are just a few of the many annual activities that Kingston is proud to offer.

Kingston is rich with history and tradition. Kingston was Canada's first capital city and held that title from 1841 to 1844. The down town core of the City is filled with historic buildings, museums and architecture. Kingston is home to one of Canada's oldest and most prestigious universities (Queen's University), the Royal Military College of Canada, St. Lawrence College, and Canada's oldest daily newspaper, the Kingston Whig Standard.

Kingston is home to 3 hospitals providing highly specialized care to more than 500,000 people throughout our region, Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Care. Kingston General Hospital is Southeastern Ontario’s leading centre for complex acute and specialty care. In addition to being a teaching hospital and research facility, KGH also included the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario. Hotel Dieu Hospital is the ambulatory care (outpatient) centre while Providence Care serves patients with complex, rehabilitation, geriatric, palliative, and mental healthcare needs.

Kingston is also known as the fresh water capital of North America as it is located where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River. It has become a popular site for sailing, diving, and other water activities.

You'll enjoy our wonderful, friendly City of Kingston, where history and innovation thrive.