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About KingstonKingston was founded in 1673 by Count Frontenac, governor of New France, as a fur-trading post and strategic military stronghold. The city boasts many ancient fortifications and early Canadian landmarks. Kingston's location on Lake Ontario at the junction of the Cataraqui (gateway to the Rideau Canal) and St. Lawrence rivers provides access to the Thousand Islands, a vast unspoiled water playground.

Queen's University, on University Avenue, was founded in 1841 and is situated on 65 hectares (160 acres). The Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St., is an 820-seat facility offering concerts and theatrical productions. The theater also is home to the Kingston Symphony; phone (613) 546-4465 for theater information, (613) 546-9729 for symphony information or (613) 530-2050 for tickets.

The Loyalist Parkway, a scenic 100-kilometre (60-mi.) drive stretching along Hwy. 33 from Kingston to Trenton, passes through some 14 municipalities along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Areas along the parkway offer opportunities for bicycling, swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking. About 40 archaeological sites and 125 historical buildings are adjacent to the highway for sightseeing.

Lake Ontario Park, on King Street, has swimming and picnic areas. Trips through the islands, excellent fishing, golfing, scuba diving and facilities for most water sports are available. Ferries, departing from Ontario Street dock, link Kingston with Wolfe Island and Cape Vincent, N.Y.

Buskers Rendezvous, held downtown, spans over four days in early July and features such entertainers as jugglers, musicians, impersonators and magicians. Buskers from around the world participate and the event draws thousands of people each year.

A farmers market operates Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, April through November, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. behind the city hall in Market Square.

Visitor Centers Kingston Economic Development Corporation-Tourist Information Office 209 Ontario St. Kingston, ON K7L 2Z1. Phone:(613)548-4415 or (888)855-4555

ShoppingThe downtown area has several old limestone buildings that have been converted into specialty stores, including Cooke's Old World Shop, 61 Lower Brock St., and Cornerstone Fine Arts-Fine Crafts, 255 Ontario St.

The Cataraqui Town Centre, at 945 Gardiners Rd. near the junction of CR 38 and Hwy. 2, features Hudson's Bay and Topshop among its 141 stores.

Things to Do Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Bellevue House National Historic Site

Kingston Trolley Tours

Fairfield House and Park

Fort Frederick and the Royal Military College Museum

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Frontenac County Schools Museum

The Haunted Walk of Kingston

International Hockey Hall of Fame

Kingston City Hall

Kingston Flying Club Sightseeing Flights

Kingston Mills Lock Station

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

Military Communications and Electronics Museum

Murney Tower National Historic Site

Museum of Health Care

Penitentiary Museum

Pump House Steam Museum

St. George's Anglican Cathedral

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Kingston, ON

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Best Western Fireside Inn

1217 Princess St. Kingston, ON K7M 3E1

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Four Points by Sheraton Kingston

285 King St E. Kingston, ON K7L 3B1

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Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge

7 Earl St. Kingston, ON K7L 0A4

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Travelodge Hotel LaSalle Kingston

2360 Princess St. Kingston, ON K7M 3G4

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