Kingston is located midway between Toronto and Montreal where the St. Lawrence River flows out of Lake Ontario. Kingston is known for its historic properties, as reflected in the city’s motto of “where history and innovation thrive”. Kingston is a stunning, historic city that consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Canada.
Kingston hosts several festivals during the year, including the Kingston WritersFest, Limestone City Blues Festival, the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Fanfair, the Kingston Buskers’ Rendezvous, Kingston Jazz Festival, Reelout Film Festival, Feb Fest and the Wolfe Island Music Festival.
Music and theatre venues include The Grand Theatre, and The Wellington Street Theatre, which host performances from international, national, and local groups. The Kingston Symphony performs at The Grand Theatre, as do several amateur and semi-professional theatre groups. The K-Rock Centre, a 5,800-seat entertainment venue and ice rink, opened in February 2008.
Kingston is a city for learning and is the site of two universities, Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada, and a community college, St. Lawrence College. According to Statistics Canada, Kingston has the most PhD-holders per capita of any city in Canada. The Royal Military College of Canada, established in 1876, is Canada’s only military university (Collège Militaire Royal inSaint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec is a military college), providing academic and leadership training to officer cadets, other members of Canada’s armed forces and civilians.
Kingston is a city pro-active with sports & recreation. Although contested, Kingston lays claim to being the birthplace of ice hockey. This is supported by a journal entry of a British Army officer in Kingston in 1843. He wrote “Began to skate this year, improved quickly and had great fun at hockey on the ice.” Kingston is also home to the oldest continuing hockey rivalry in the world by virtue of a game played in 1886 on the frozen Kingston harbour between Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada. To mark this event, the city hosts an annual game between the two institutions, played on a cleared patch of frozen lake with both teams wearing period-correct uniforms and using rules from that era. As well as hockey the city also has soccer, football, curling, rugby and is a well-known destination for fresh-water wreck diving. Some of Kingston’s wrecks can be classed among the best fresh water wrecks in the world. Kingston’s shipwrecks are well preserved by its cool fresh water.
The city is famous for its fresh-water sailing and sits amid excellent cruising and boating territory, with easy access to Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the Thousand Islands including the St. Lawrence Islands National Park.
Kingston has adopted an Active Living Charter that commits to encouraging citizens to enjoy the benefits of active living and offers a variety of programs (both registered and drop-in), facilities, beautiful green spaces and trails to help Kingstonians and visitors of all ages lead healthy, active, engaged and community-connected lives. Whether you’re going for a stroll, taking a jog or just enjoying the lake views, Kingston offers many beautiful parks for your enjoyment, along with skateboard and off-leash areas for dogs.
Kingston Whig Standard www.thewhig.com/
Kingston Frontenac Public Library http://www.kfpl.ca/
Kingston Roots www.angelfire.com/space/kingstonroots/
Algonquin Lakeshore District Catholic School Board
Limestone District School Board
Conseils des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
Conseils des écoles catholiques de langue française du centre-est
Colleges & Universities
Royal Military College – http://www.rmc.ca/
St Lawrence College http://www.stlawrencecollege.ca/
Loyola School of Adult and Continuing Education http://www.learningatloyola.ca/default.aspx
St Lawrence College http://www.stlawrencecollege.ca/parttime/
To find a doctor – College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario www.cpso.on.ca
Health Care Connect
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
Medical Treatment Centres
Kingston General Hospital (KGH) Emergency
Phone: (613) 548-3232
Hotel Dieu Hospital – Urgent Care Centre
Phone: (613) 544-3310
Open Mon-Sun from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hotel Dieu Hospital – Children’s Outpatient Centre (COPC)
Phone: (613) 544-3400 ext. 3151
Open Mon-Fri from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
French services are available at this centre but must be requested in advance.
CDK Family Medicine & Walk-In Clinic
Phone: (613) 766-0318
Open Mon-Fri: from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sat: 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Family Medicine Urgent Care Centre
Phone: (613) 389-3348
Open Mon-Fri from 10:00 a.m. to 8 :00 p.m.; Sat: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Sun: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Greater Kingston after Hours Medical Clinic
Phone: (613) 546-5506
Open Mon-Fri from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sat, Sun & Holidays: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kingston General Hospital www.kgh.on.ca