Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Ontario, Travel, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada, tourism, view, architecture

Top 5 places to visit in Kingston, Ontario

Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Ontario, Travel, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada, tourism, view, architecture

Originally selected as Canada’s first capital due to its strategic location between Toronto and Montreal as well as its proximity to the USA, Kingston, Ontario is a small and charming historical city that has so much to offer to visitors all year round.

From World Heritage sites, to the oldest university in the country to being a gateway to the 1000 islands, to festivals and events, to great bars and restaurants, the choice is yours.

So what is there to see and do in a day?

Here are the Top 5 places to visit in Kingston, Ontario.

Ever heard of Kingston, Ontario? It is a city located between Toronto and Montreal that is well worth visiting. Come check out what to see and do in a day.

1-    City Hall tour with town crier Chris Whyman

Start your day by going the Visitor Information Center, which is located right across City Hall and meet Chris Whyman, a two-time world champion town crier.

A what? You may ask.  A crier is the person in charge of making public announcements required by the court and they are usually delivered in the main square.

The role requires specific skills but the most important of them all is having powerful & striking vocal chords. Mr. Whyman competes in the World Town Crier Championship every year and he often finds himself among the best of the best!

Chris Whyman, Town Crier, Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Ontario, Travel, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada, tourism, view, architecture

A tour inside City Hall is a must to better understand the history of the city.

Kingston City Hall, City Hall, History, Photography

and the country

Canadian Flag, Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Explore Canada, photography

The interior is just stunning

Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Ontario, interior, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada, view, architecture

chandelier, illumination, Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Ontario, interior, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada, view, architecture

Let there be light

chandelier, illumination, Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Ontario, interior, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada, view, architecture

2-    Go on City tour aboard a trolley bus

Hop on board the Kingston Trolley Bus which will take you around the main attractions in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

The best way to learn & see more of the city without wearing yourself out is to go on a city tour aboard a trolley bus.

It departs from the visitor center and takes you to the most important sightseeing spots spread all over town.

Frontenac Court House, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada

Frontenac Court House

Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada

Royal Military College

View of Kingston, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada

View of the Harbour

You can hop on and hop off at any of the stops. It is very relaxing and it’s fun to see the world go by!

3-    Fort Henry

Entrance, Fort Henry, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada

This National Historic and UNESCO World Heritage site is a definite must in any itinerary.

It was built in the late 18th century by the British to defend the city from being attacked by the U.S and it was also used to monitor traffic of the waterways.

Fort Henry is currently a living museum, where every day is 1832 and uniformed personnel recreate the military life from that year.

Military drill, Fort Henry, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada, travel,

Military drill

A walk inside allows visitors to see the way soldiers lived

sleeping quarters, Fort Henry, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada

Where they learned

classroom, Fort Henry, history, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada

Around Halloween, Fort Henry becomes Fort Fright because haunted walks are conducted and it is believed that many ghosts are still hanging in the deepest corners!

Arches and shadows at Fort Henry, an Unesco World Heritage Site in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

4-    Rideau Canal & The Heritage Route

Kingston Mills, Rideau Canal, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada

The Rideau Canal was declared the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada and is also part of the Rideau Heritage Route.

It consists of a chain of canals, locks and rivers which spans over 202 km long. It was built in 1832 by the British and thousands of laborers. It starts in Kingston and ends in the Nation’s capital, Ottawa.

Kingston Mills, Kingston Mills Locks, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada

Rideau Canal, Kingston Mills, Kingston Mills Locks, Kingston, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Canada, Explore Canada

5-    Visit local wineries

No visit to Kingston is complete without a visit to local wineries, for instance Casa Dea Estates Winery.

aerial view of Casa Dea Estates Winery, Prince Edward County, Winery, Ontario, Discover Ontario, Travel, Explore Canada

Photo credit: Casa Dea Estates

They produce some fine white wine or Pinot Noir among others.

Casa Dea Pinot Noir, Sandbanks White wine, Sizzle Restaurant and bar, Four Points by Sheraton, Kingston, Ontario, hotel, hospitality, travel, SPG, Starwood

Prince Edward County Wine Region is very well-known for its exceptional wines all over the country, so don’t leave before visiting a winery and bring some bottles back home!

So there you have the Top 5 places to visit in Kingston.

The city is so rich in history and there is so much more to see and do. It is well worth a visit! 

Have you ever been to a historical city?

Where was it?

Tell us all about it in the comments section!

Many thanks to Tourism Kingston  for coordinating our trip 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Top 5 places to visit in Kingston, Ontario

    • traveller soul says:

      Thank you so much Sandra!

      Believe it or not I lived in Toronto for 2 years and traveled home to Montreal every other week but didn’t make it to Kingston.

      So happy I did and learned so much about the history of Oh Canada 😉

      Have you been?

    • traveller soul says:

      She did? Awesome!

      The city is lovely in the summer. I was there in June for a couple of days and it wasn’t enough. I definitely have to go back.

      Well it’s frigid everywhere in the winter but we keep busy.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  1. Michelle Deschenes says:

    Just moved to Kingston a little over 2 years ago and love it! My most favourite building in the city is the Frontenac Court House. Everyday last year I drove by the Court House waiting to see the fountain in its full glory, and of course was hugely disappointed. Will it be operational this year, or should I start fundraising today for the repairs?

    • traveller soul says:

      Yes I agree with you that the Court House is just stunning. Too bad it was not operating either when I visited too but its beauty makes up for it!

      I was in Kingston for only 2 days and we tried to see as much as possible but a return visit is needed 🙂

      Why not start fundraising, good idea!

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