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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.

  • 2.5 hrs from
    Toronto
  • 2 hrs from
    Ottawa
  • 3 hrs from
    Montreal
Check Out The Big Screen
Check Out The Big Screen
Is Your Group Game For Some Fun?
Is Your Group Game For Some Fun?
Cheers For Beers
Cheers For Beers
Thrifting
Thrifting
Marvel Inside Martello Alley
Marvel Inside Martello Alley

Check Out The Big Screen

Go beyond the big screen and venture to The Screening Room in the heart of downtown Kingston. This three-screen independent movie theatre plays an intriguing mash-up of genres, in a second-floor locale. Peek inside for art-house, indie, foreign and classic cinema. In fact, The Screening Room hosts Cinematica, a classic film screening series each season! To bring a touch of home to the theatre, tea is served in mugs. Don’t forget the popcorn (it’s cooked in coconut oil and has a reputation as the best in town…)! Keep in mind The Screening Room is cash only.

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.

Thrifting

That perfect find is just around the corner! Thrifting is fun in Kingston, where treasure hunting for clothes, accessories, household items and more is almost a sport. From vintage and consignment boutiques, to charity and discount stores, the only problem will be having enough room in the car on the way home! Peek into the Revolving Door, Kingston’s only upscale women’s consignment boutique, or Open Studios which not only has thrifted finds, but also offers creative classes, pop-up events, local art, thrifted finds and hand made goods and even house a full sewing studio with fabric and patterns! What’ll I Wear also features quality retro and classic vintage clothing and accessories, including masquerade items. Keep in mind that all stores require face coverings for entry and may have their own safety precautions in place.

As  Kingston’s largest furniture and home décor consignment store, The Carson House is making shopping an experience again. With beautifully staged items,  an inviting space, attentive customer service, quality home items can be discovered here from carpets, to artwork, lighting, mirrors, furniture and more. Although the store has re-opened, The Carson House undertook a unique series of “Co-Vids” videos to showcase the store and what’s available. Scroll down here to have a peek!

Marvel Inside Martello Alley

This alley is a little slice of Quebec tucked away in Kingston! It’s truly a gem, packed with vibrant colours and rich imagination brought to life. Martello Alley is an artist collective featuring eclectic original artworks and prints – it’s also the only art alley in Ontario and its open year-round! After finding your way into the peaceful space, wind up at the Atelier where a gallery awaits with artists and works in progress. Martello Alley is a living example of how creativity can transform a space. From mosaics made from upcycled materials to metal clay and jewellery to acrylic painting, the artist mediums vary greatly but somehow achieve a unified vibe.

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