Kingston -


Queen's University

Activities

Other then walking down princess street and water front, as well as visiting the two universities in Kingston, the town itself does not offer too many things to "do". The following are some touristy activities supported by the city:

  The Haunted Walk: A good way to see the old residential neighborhoods of Kingston, as well as hear haunted stories and see the haunted houses. Pay and sign up at the counter at the front of the Prince George Hotel on Ontario Street. Available only in the Summer and Fall seasons.

  Thousand Island Cruise: Pay money. Go on a boat. Sail around. Get off the boat. Something to "do" in Kingston.

The city also hosts events in summer and fall such as the Jazz Festival and Blues Festival.

Get in

Drive, take a bus or a train from:
   Ottawa, 2 hours North
   Montreal, 2 hours East
   Toronto, 3 hours West
The Rideau Canal goes from Kingston to Ottawa. Quite a few people travel it in various pleasure craft.

Get around

The most interesting area in Kingston for out-of-town visitors is near the downtown core of the city, which includes Queen's University and the waterfront. As such, the "best" areas of the city are better seen on foot or by bicycle. Taxi fare from the Kingston Bus Station and Train Station are approximately $10-15 depending on the number of passengers per car as well as luggage stowage.

Public transport in the form of busses, is reliable and clean. However, it not recommended for visitors since they run at most one bus every half an hour per route. Should you get a parking ticket during your visit, you are able to get the ticket waivered provided that you provide proof that you are not a Kingston resident.

Get out

Wolfe Island is a good place to visit if one is staying in Kingston for more than a day. Ferries to the Island are free of charge and run on the hour.


RMC Church parade

 

Kingston is a small city in the province of Ontario. It is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

A former capital of Canada, Kingston was a bustling city in the 1700's that met decline in the 1800's with the arrival of General Brock. Today, Kingston is one of the smallest cities in Canada. The town has numerous churches, old buildings, and pictorial neighborhoods. Although, there is not much to do in the city in terms of daytime activities, the city does provide venues for nightlife such as clubbing and pubbing, and provides weekend escapes for people living in the neighboring cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

Kingston is the home of two universities; Queens University and Royal Military College, and a one college; Saint Lawrence College. Along with tourism, these educational institutes and the students they attract provide much to the city's local economy. Kingston is also the home to 3 high security prisons.

Attractions

Since there is not much to really "see" in Kingston, one can usually polish off all major scenes of the city in a weekend. The city can be seen in one day if it is visited in the following order starting at 8am in early autumn (for daylight purposes):
   Fort Henry: Historical military structures. Visit time: 1 hour max.
   Royal Military College: Historical structures and wide avenues filled with soldiers and students. Visit time: 2 hours max.
   Cataraqui River and LaSalle Causeway Bridge: Water and steel. Visit time: 15 min max.
   Princess St, Waterfront, and Downtown: Shops, food, and various stuffs. Visit time: 5 hours max.
   Archdiocese of Kingston: Big, very tall Roman Catholic church. The bells in this church ring LOUD. Visit time: 0.5 hours max.
   Queen's University: Many limestone buildings with ivy and students. Visit time: 2 hours max.

Dining

Kingston has one of the highest restaurants per capita of any city in Canada, with restaurants to fit anyone's budget.

Budget
  Famous King Restaurant, on Princess and Chatham street,(505 Princess St., provides Middle eastern cuisine that is relatively cheap, filling and tasty.
  Bubba's near the intersection of Princess Ave. and Division St. The place to get for poutine to go with the alcohol already in one's gut.

Midrange
  Lone Star Cafe on the waterfront downtown has decent Tex/Mex food.
  Cambodiana on Brock St. right across from Hotel Dieu Hospital. Some of the best Thai/Cambodian food in Southern Ontario. The owner to this establishment had opened many Thai restaurants in Kingston including Phnom Phen and The Wok-In and subsequently sold them to others proprietors. This place well known by many locals. Seating is VERY limited.
  White Mountain Homemade Ice Cream serves quality ice-cream that is a tad pricy. The store provide a large variety of ice cream flavours that are served on store-made waffle cones. Ice cream scoop sizes tend to be smaller in peak tourist seasons.
  Wooden Heads specializes in pizzas made in wood fire brick ovens. The focus of this restaurant are on the waitresses and not the food, though the latter is not too bad. Located on Ontario St.

Higher
  Panchancho near the intersection of Princess and King St. Good for a quick, and pricy bistro style lunch. Sells the best Italian and Fresh style breads in Kingston. The sister store to the lamentable Chez Piggy.
  Le Chien Noir located on Brock Street between King St. and Wellington St. and provides good French cuisine. Reserve since seating is limited.
  Atomica located on Brock Street between King St. and Wellington St. and provides Italian fare. Interesting yuppi-ish decor.
  Chez Piggy is hidden inside the same block as Chien Noir. Although it had gained much reputation in the past for serving good food, Chez Piggy's fare is currently mediocre at best. Like many restaurants, its decor is better than its food. Quality of service is dependent on the extravagance of one's meal, as well as whether wine or water is ordered as one's primary drink.

Splurge
  Ristorante Luigina locate on King St. on the same block as Le Chien Noir. The dishes are masterfully prepared using high quality (and pricy) ingredients. An average dinner may cost around $37 per person, although the bill can reach higher for a fancy dinner with wine.

Drink

Cafes
  The Sleepless Goat ("The Goat") serves coffees and teas. Quite famous for their desserts, and a common hangout for students. This cafe has a very hippie/punk feel. Located on Princess St near the intersection with Wellington St. Customer service is a legend but for the wrong reasons, thought music and house blend "Dr. Joe" coffee is very good.
  Coffee and Company sells espresso, coffees, and good teas prepared for loose leaves. A common student study hangout, one in downtown, one near Queen's University.
  Starbucks at Wellington and Princess. A common student study hangout for those not concerned with politics. This Starbucks was vandalized three times (paint is still visible on canopy above the door) before police put cameras on nearby buildings. Service is good. In direct competition with "The Goat" which is a few doors down the street.
  Tim Horton's A very common student study hangout.

Pubs
There is a relatively healthy pub scene in Kingston with many high quality establishments. All pubs in Kingston are non-smoking.
  Kingston Brewing Company (KBC) is located on Clarence St. near the intersection of Ontario St. As implied by its name, this pub brews its own beer and offers many seasonal beers. Notable brews from KBC include White Tail, Dragon's Breath, and the pub's own apple cider. No beers from outside companies are sold in KBC except for Guinness.
  Tir Nan'Og, Old Speckled Hen and Montes are three joint pubs located in the Prince George Hotel. The pubs' differ in decor and specialize in beers and whiskies from Ireland, Britain, and Europe, respectively. Since the three pubs are owned by the same organization, one can always order brews that are available from one of the three pubs.
  The Toucan an Irish pub frequented by the students of the two universities in Kingston. Graduate students receive a 50% discount on all meals on Thursdays with the purchase of any drink.

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