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Things to Do in Kingston, Ontario Part I: Introduction

- Meghan

Hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of summer! I’m done traveling for now but my family just went to one of my favorite places: Kingston, Ontario. I wrote a little about Kingston in my first blog when I spoke about the fort they have there, Fort Henry, but there is much more to do in Kingston. I’m going to be writing a few entries on some of the interesting and fun things to see and do in Kingston.

Kingston, the fresh-water capital of North America, is located halfway between Montreal and Toronto, Canada’s two largest cities. It was the first capital of Canada between 1841 and 1844 but was decided to be too vulnerable to American attack so eventually Ottawa became the permanent capital to this day. It was also home to Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald. Kingston is also nicknamed the “Limestone City” because most of the old buildings are made from local limestone.

Since Kingston is right on Lake Ontario there are many water sports you can do. For example, I spent three of my summers going to a sailing camp at the Kingston Yacht Club. You can also rent kayaks and canoes or go on dinner cruises around the nearby Thousand Islands. You can take a day trip to Wolfe Island which I will tell you more about in a later entry. For people living in the New England area of the U.S., Kingston is a great long weekend trip or week trip. It’s just across Lake Ontario from New York State and only an 8 hour trip from NYC!




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