Explore Canada’s history where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario
Delve into History
Kingston’s most famous attraction is Old Fort Henry, built by the British during the War of 1812. The fort now serves as a military museum, offering insight and family-friendly parades. Other historic sites include City Hall, seen as one of the finest 19th-century buildings in Canada, and Bellevue House, an oddly designed, asymmetrical mansion that was home to Canada’s first prime minister. Along the waterfront, travelers can visit the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston – located in buildings from the 1700s – to see displays on shipping and shipwrecks and the icebreaking ship Alexander Henry.
Experiences Around Town
Spend time outdoors with a trip to Lake Ontario Park, the city’s largest urban waterfront park that recently underwent a complete revitalization. The K&P Trail is another great outdoor option for walking, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, and cross-country skiing. Cruises of the Thousand Islands are a popular tourism option, usually lasting about two to three hours. If you’re visiting in the summer, stop in to the Kingston Summer Festival, a series of theater, music, and comedy performances that take place from June to September. And no matter what time of year it is, be sure to spend some time at the Rideau Canal, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers outdoor activities in a scenic setting.
For a savory and inventive lunch, head to Pan Chancho, where unusual ingredients are combined into delightful dishes. Another great dining option is Chez Piggy, a popular and charming restaurant that serves innovative fare and delicious weekend brunches. Both restaurants were founded by former Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist and founder Zal Yanovsky, whose daughter Zoe now owns.