Welcome To Kingston Ontario.
BeautifulKingston.com has been created as a tourist information site and to help local merchants promote their business on-line.
Centrally located, Kingston is the gateway to the Thousand Islands. Come and discover the beauty of Kingston.
There are museums, theaters and galleries for art lovers, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre located at Queens University.
Located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, Kingston is perfect for boating, sailing, fishing and scuba diving. In the downtown shopping district you can find many specialty stores and boutiques so don't forget to buy some souvenirs to share with family and friends! Enjoy our virtual online city, and then come and see us. There is a warm welcome awaiting you in Beautiful Kingston.
CLIMATE: Proximity to Lake Ontario yields a moderate climate with four distinct seasons.
Average Winter Temperature -8C (17F)
Average Summer Temperature 24C (75F)
LANGUAGE: Primary language is English with government services and numerous local business services available in French. Kingston also enjoys thriving Asian, Greek, Italian and Portuguese communities.
You will enjoy the relaxed pace and great spirit which gives one a tremendous sense of belonging to this 335-year-old city. In 2007, Kingston earned recognition with UNESCO's Newest World Heritage Site designation of the Rideau Canal, Fort Henry National Historic Site and Kingston Fortification.
We are readily accessible being located midway between Montreal and Tornto and equally between Ottawa and Syracuse, New York. We can also be reached by boat, train (Via Rail), and the Norman Rogers Airport.
Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston was the first capital of the United Canadas (before Confederation from 1841 to 1844) and the home of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.
Kingston is also known as "the Limestone City" because many of its historic buildings are built from limestone.
For over three hundred years, marine traffic has passed up the St. Lawrence River and through Kingston Ontario Canada on route to the Great Lakes. Yes for most of it's history Kingston was a major shipbuilding center. Schooners and steamers built in the area have travelled all over the world. From the George A. Marsh, a three masted schooner, to the Wolfe Islander II, a coastal freighter converted to a side entrance car ferry, Kingston has shipwrecks of all shapes and sizes. The cool waters have preserved wooden shipwrecks that elsewhere would have disappeared long ago.
Today Kingston is a modern community with old-world charm; a living mosaic of life in Ontario during the 1800's. There is a great wealth of Canadian history, architecture,
and culture to be found in Kingston. The streets are lined with heritage homes and shops nestled in a picturesque setting along the Great Lake.