Alluring Attractions in Kingston

Let the region’s rich heritage draw you in


Upper Canada Village
Stroll through living history and find out what life was like in the 1860’s at Upper Canada Village, a collection of over 60 authentic heritage buildings staffed with costumed interpreters who bring the history to life. Knowledgeable staff acting in period costume will lead you through what everyday life was like in a rural setting nearly 200 years ago, showing you ornamental gardens, trades workshops, fully-functioning mills, weaving looms, and more. Take a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a Victorian-era community at Upper Canada Village.
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Diving the St. Lawrence
The long and eventful history of the great lakes has left a myriad or relics and wrecks to uncover on the lake bed. From 19th century schooners to modern car ferries, there is something for everyone to explore beneath the surface of the sea-like Lake Ontario. Book a diving charter regardless of your level of skill and experience, because you just might be the one to discover the next big dive site.

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Fort Henry
Originally built during the war of 1812 to protect the region from a United States attack, Fort Henry still stands today as a National Historic Site of Canada and one of the regions premier attractions. Explore the battlements and enjoy the view of the mighty Saint Lawrence River or test your bravery in the cavernous dungeons built deep into the limestone below at what is frequently called the most haunted site in all of Canada. See what military life was like over a hundred years ago as costumed cadets do their patrols, march in the parade square, and even bring out some of the heavy artillery for a demonstration.

Kingston Market Square
Kingston has the honour of boasting Canada’s oldest, fully-functioning market square which is still in public use. Starting out as a local market and public forum, the newly renovated Spring Market Square is the venue for various cultural and commercial activities – On Sundays you can browse the antiques from local dealers or visit the farmers market which takes place every other day to get a taste of the best locally-grown food Kingston has to offer. Located just minutes from our bed and breakfast inns and surrounded by a rooftop skyline which stands largely as it did 150 years ago, Kingston Market Square offers a true taste of Kingston life throughout the years.

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Plan your unforgettable journey in Kingston & Area from one central, easy-to-use location. FAB Experiences is the place to start planning your adventure. This free, interactive web portal connects you to a vast collection of events and activities which you can get started on right now! Plan travel routes, destinations, and keep track of attractions you want to see, all from one convenient hub.

Kingston Mills
Originally built to serve as a secure trading route between Ottawa and Kingston, Kingston Mills no longer carries goods but remains a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers, and canals for the public to enjoy. Considered one of best engineering feats of 19th century and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Rideau Canal lockstation in Kingston is as visually beautiful as it is rich in history. Take a few minutes’ drive east of Kingston and experience the history for yourself.

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Get a bird’s-eye-view of the 1,000 Islands from the region’s only observation platform and experience the breath-taking view offered by the 1,000 Islands Tower. Take the blazing-fast elevator or test your mettle on the stairs up to the skydeck where you can enjoy delicious home-made refreshments while taking in the view.

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Portsmouth Olympic Harbour
Built to host the nautical events for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour continues to serve the local sailing community and host several Canadian Olympic Training Regattas and other competitive events. Offering boat launch services and night security, the Olympic Harbour Marina is the best place to start for anybody interested in water sport in Kingston. Visit the harbour by boat or set off on a tour of the pleasant walking trail which extends up the waterfront.

Historic Churches in Kingston
Examine Kingston’s rich history through the largest group of historic churches and cathedrals in the region. Travel back to the days when religious service was the foundation of the community while taking in the beautifully maintained art and architecture. Join one of the friendly local religious communities for service or take a tour at your own pace. The general public is welcome.

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Rated among Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions, Queen’s University has more to offer than a great education and beautiful campus. Packed full of museums, galleries, libraries, and public events, campus is teeming with things to do for visitors and students alike. Take a walk across City Park from one of our nearby bed and breakfast inns and see why thousands of students choose to call Kingston home each year.

Royal Military College
RMC has been training the nation’s military practically as long as Canada has been a unified country. Abundant in both history and scenic beauty, the campus is host to military museums, historic stone buildings, a parade square, military artifacts, and a terrific view of the Saint Lawrence River.

Sir John A. Macdonald’s Grave
While most people interested in Sir John A. Macdonald visit Kingston to see how he started his journey of founding the great nation of Canada, few take the time to visit his grave site and pay their respects to this fallen hero of Canadian politics. Take a short drive to Cataraqui cemetery and pay homage to the nations founder, but be careful, because some say the ghost of Sir John A. Macdonald is still wandering between the rows of graves.