Planning your next weekend escape? Whether your mission is a romantic getaway, or a bonding session with your closest pals, check out the charming Kingston Ontario!
From the rich history and beautiful architecture, to the thriving arts scene and friendly small town vibe. Kingston has everything you need in a city, and is both innovative as it is charming. Its picturesque scenery and breath-taking nature backed with an incredible selection of cuisine and restaurants are sure to satisfy any preference.
Come check out the place where culinary, culture and creators meet! Canada’s first capital is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year, and it is the perfect place for a weekend getaway of bliss. Let's shine on some of the key gems Kingston has to offer:
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Connect with History and Nature
With charming, historical architecture at every turn, a must visit during any season in Kingston is Springer Market Square. Nestled in the heart of the city, Springer Market Square offers events and activities for everyone.
Skate for free throughout the entire winter, shop for local produce and original finds at the Shop at the Kingston Public Market or come in the summer with a friend or love interest, cuddle up and watch free outdoor movies every Thursday evening. While you’re here, see history come alive with a Sunset Ceremony at historic Fort Henry, or go behind the walls of Canada’s most notorious prison with a popular tour of Kingston Penitentiary!
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Restaurants, Craft Beer and More!
If you're looking for a weekend getaway with mind-blowing meals and amazing brew to match, look no further. Kingston offers a delicious, eclectic fusion of restaurants deemed to satisfy any palette! With Kingston-brewed Craft Beer hotspots like Stone City Ales and delicious top notch cuisines such as the popular 'Farm To Table' French Bistro, Le Chien Noir, and the delicious modern Italian cuisine Casa Domenico.
Many restaurants in Kingston, pride themselves on sourcing their fresh ingredients locally so their dishes are not only the best for you, but are bursting with flavour! If you want the absolute true local experience, Bayview Farms Restaurant hand picks their fresh produce right on their own property and serves it in their restaurant the same day. Their dishes are local and overflowing with flavour and creativity. One restaurant go-er even described the experience as the best meal of her life.
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Festivals Upon Festivals
The festivals in Kingston are as many as they are different. With the Kingston Canadian Film Festival bringing the best Canadian feature films of the year to the city, to the Limestone City Blues Festival showcasing 4 days of live blues music in the heat of summer.
There is also the Writersfest, celebrating the power of the written word and connecting writers and readers in conversations that inspire, engage, and change our worldview. This event is tailored to creatives that want to express themselves through stories, or get inspired by industry professionals alike!
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Incredible on the Water Experiences
A weekend in Kingston can't end without some fun on the water! Get on the sights with Kingston's 1000 Island Cruises, a service that brings you on an adventure of food, fun and entertainment! Weather permitting, hop on one of their daily sightseeing cruises, private charters and dining experiences!
Another adventure is to hop on the ferry and head to Wolfe Island. Here you will find beautiful sunrises, and breath-taking sunsets while spending the day having the options to: fish, cycle, golf, hunt, or bird watch. If you're more into relaxation, enjoy a beach day and connect with nature at Big Sandy Bay. Make a picnic, tan and relax at Wolfe Island!
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