The second Canadian City I visited after Toronto, has been Kingston! Kingston is located in Ontario as well, it’s around 3 hours by car and 2 by train from Toronto but unfortunately, it’s often not really considered by tourist from abroad since it’s not as known as other Canadian cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal…
This might be a positive point though since you can really experience a small-Canadian-city experience while not being surrounded by loads of tourists. Plus, as you can notice from the pictures below, Kingston is the perfect place for combining both sight-seeing activities as well as totally relaxing experiences! I’d define it as the perfect weekend getaway destination and since 2 days is the perfect amount of time to explore everything as well as enjoying some relax time.
To have an overview of the place I took the Trolley Tour bus which is a hop on-hop off antique-styled bus where the driver also functions as a guide and makes sure you know all the interesting stories behind Kingston history!
As mentioned earlier, the city is not that big so it’s very nice walking around as well, even though, for certain destinations taking the bus it’s necessary, I specified which ones in this list of places around the city of Kingston I believe you can’t miss checking out while there:
1 | Market Square
This square is the heart of the city as it’s located very near to many sites such as the Town Hall and the harbour. Plus, there’s a very nice and quite big market every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday which it’s interesting to see (especially the local products stands! 🙂 )
2 | Royal Military College of Canada
Here you’ll definitely have to take the bus to reach this area since you’ll have to go out of the very centre of Kingston and cross the beautiful Saint Lawrence river to reach the military area. In particular, the main building you’ll see there is the Royal Military College, which is possible to visit inside as well. The college is considered as one of the most prestigious in Canada! What it’s also cool about reaching the other part of the river is the view you’ll have of Kingston 🙂
3 | Queen’s University
Kingston Uni is also a very well known institution across the country not only for its faculties but also for its amazing campus! Indeed, Queen’s Universtiy campus is very extended filled with very nice, well-maintained historical buildings as well as new ones surrounded by beautiful green areas!
4 | Penitentiary Museum
This museum might not be big but it definitely has loads of interesting facts and pieces inside. Housed within the former Warden’s residence of Kingston Penitentiary, Canada’s Penitentiary Museum isn’t just about crimes and punishments since it has a great collection of artefacts relating to the correctional history of Canada.
Also in this case, you’ll have to take a bus to reach it but another good reason to go there is that from the museum grounds, you can see an amazing view over Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Lake Ontario.
5 | Kingston Harbour
Going to Kingston and not going for a walk along the harbour will not make your visit complete! Indeed, walking by the Waterfront Pathway while admiring the beautiful Saint Lawrence River, especially during a lovely sunny day, will totally give you that peace and vacation feeling!
6 | Queen Street and Princess Street for shopping
When talking about shopping (or window shopping) in Kingston, Queen Street and Princess Street are the places to be! Full of small or chain stores, loads of pretty coffee shops and many Canadian shops, these two streets will make you want to stop in each window you’ll pass by!
7 | King Street for cute house hunting
Who follows my blog for a while (and if you’re new – here’s a fact about me!), will know by now how I love finding cute houses everywhere I go! Well, if you’re also a fellow cute house-hunter, King Street will definitely please you! Be ready to fill your eyes of dreamy houses and your camera with amazing house pictures! 🙂
8 | St. Andrew’s Church
Going back to cultural stuff to see in Kingston, St Andrew’s Church is another stop you won’t want to miss. Not a big church but definitely characteristic and it has an interesting story behind since it was actually St. Andrew that led to the founding of Queen’s University!
What about you, have you ever been to the Kingston? Which was your favourite part of the city? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂