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Steeped In History, Yet Constantly Evolving

On the picturesque shores of the St. Lawrence River lies the historic city of Kingston. Home to impassioned curators and creators, a place that embraces new ideas – it’s authentic, vibrant and never stops surprising. No matter the season; downtown brims with activities, festivals, shops and eateries. And as Kingston boasts more restaurants per capita than nearly any other city in Canada; make sure to come hungry. The abundance of casual diners, fine dining restaurants, and pubs – are a great way to warm up and find something delicious to indulge in. The fun doesn’t slow down at night with a vibrant theatre, arts, and events scene.

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History Is Very Much Alive
History Is Very Much Alive
Is Your Group Game For Some Fun?
Is Your Group Game For Some Fun?
Cheers For Beers
Cheers For Beers
Kingston Food Tours

Kingston Food Tours

Get Your Groove On In Kingston This Winter
Get Your Groove On In Kingston This Winter

History Is Very Much Alive

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Fort Henry is one of Canada’s premier historic attractions, along with the Rideau Canal and the Kingston Fortifications, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built from solid Kingston limestone and armed with an arsenal of cannons and Snider Enfield rifles, Fort Henry was constructed to guard Kingston against foreign invasion. Today, Fort Henry is both a museum and a spectacular historic site. Once inside the fortification’s wooden gates, visitors enter a marvelous reproduction of 19th-century military life. Thousands of international guests are welcomed with hands-on programs for kids and adults, musical and sporting events, daily half-hour tours, and live interpretations. Plus, summer evenings feature Fort Henry Guard music and artillery performances!

Kingston has a rich heritage and local pride that is showcased in the 24 museums and historic sites that you can enjoy and discover. Here are a few of the museums worth checking out:

Bellevue House Natural Historic Site of Canada

Visit the 1840’s restored house and gardens of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. Exhibits in the visitor centre commemorate his life and career, and costumed staff present the daily life of the Macdonald family. Located at 35 Centre Street, Kingston.

Canada’s Penitentiary Museum

Built-in 1873 as the Kingston Penitentiary Warden’s residence, “Cedarhedge” now houses Canada’s Penitentiary Museum. Investigate the history of Canada’s federal penitentiaries. Located at 555 King Street West, Kingston.

Fairfield House and Park

Built-in 1793, this house preserves the building skills of the Loyalist settlers. Visit for a guided tour. The park on the lakeshore is a pleasant picnic area. Located at 4574 Bath Road, Kingston.

MacLauchlan Woodwork Museum

This museum holds the most extensive, nationally significant collection of woodworking tools in Canada. The Museum is located 16km East of Kingston at the entrance of scenic Grass Creek Park.


Entertainment and enrichment abound at the PumpHouse Museum. The historic building houses steam machinery that played an important part in building Canada’s success. The train room boasts a stunning collection of model trains. With a push of a button this room comes alive. Kids love the Discover Centre where learning through play is encouraged and embraced. There are also many events and exhibits to capture your imagination. Located at 23 Ontario Street, Kingston.

Is Your Group Game For Some Fun?

No matter your age, games never go out of style. Gone are the days where you have to sit at home with a game system or board game. Welcome the future with some of these fun group gaming experiences!

Improbable Escapes

Forget about reality and take the ultimate test of trust and teamwork at an Improbable Escapes escape room. You and your pals are locked inside a uniquely-themed room for one hour with the task of finding your way out through puzzles, rhymes and stories. It’s tougher than you’d think. Can you beat the clock?

Cheers For Beers

Kingston has long since been passionate about pints. Local brewing companies dotted the landscape here before it was trendy and the insight, flavour and originality that is evident in every sip is unmistakable. Most breweries welcome visitors to sip and savour in unique atmospheres, and new up-and-coming breweries are joining the landscape with established ones.

The laid back vibe and creativity of the brewmasters at the local breweries adds to the enjoyment of the craft beer. No matter where you pull up a stool in Kingston, visitors are in for a savoury treat with a memorable back story – because the breweries here are just as enticing as the beer itself.

Walk, Eat Repeat

Kingston Food Tours will take you on a stroll through Kingston’s hip and historic downtown with stops at some of the best, local restaurants. You’ll get an insider’s perspective on our city’s history and culture as the tours focus on unique shops, restaurants, artisans, and farmers who contribute to Kingston’s thriving local food movement. If you have a passion for food you’ll fall in love with Kingston on this fun, educational, and delicious tour!

Get Your Groove On 

Gather ‘round and raise a glass while enjoying an incredible live music scene in Kingston that has spawned some of our country’s most memorable artists. The local bars and pubs in Kingston are a haven for music enthusiasts of all genres.

The Merchant Tap House is a stone’s throw from the Lake Ontario waterfront in a unique historic venue that welcomes live bands from Thursday through Saturday. Musiikki’s smaller stage promises an intimate experience as this coffee, music and whiskey venue is known for booking all types of music – and a seriously great cup of joe. The Toucan has been a mainstay on the Kingston live music scene for almost three decades and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for both musicians and thirsty/hungry people – watch for the band Goldwing performing here every week. The Mansion is known across the city for featuring live bands daily – in the living room! Check out live bands, open mics, house bands and more. Olivea has eked a spot in as a favourite venue to see live jazz every Tuesday night – with no cover charge! The Italian food is scrumptious and the tunes are flowing from rotating bands, including Spencer Evans, the Downtown Trio or Dave Barton Trio. The dance floor at BLUMartini is always rocking and the stage at Confederation Basin is the perfect place to get your groove on while exploring local places to enjoy the tunes in the summer. Lastly, the RCHA Club gets grooving with live bands each Thursday to Sunday, covering jazz, blues, folk, Celtic and rock.

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