Kingston, Ontario combines small-town-charm and quiet with the culture and cosmopolitan features of a metropolitan life. Kingston is less than 3-hours drive to Canada's two largest cities: Toronto and Montreal. Canada's capital Ottawa is even closer. Kingston is also less than 45 minutes drive from the US Border.
Because of its central location, and the presence of Queen's University, the Royal Military College and St. Lawerence College, Kingston has become something of a hub for Canada's eastern intellectual elite. As a result, Kingston boasts an impressive array of cultural, outdoor and dining options that most smaller towns lack. Check out this quick video about Kingston and Queens:
Kingston at a Glance
Take a look at some of the quick facts below to get a sense of just how much Kingston has to offer.
- Resident Population: 130,000
- Student Population: 30,000
- Number of prestigious universities or colleges: 3
- Driving Distance to Toronto: 265km (150 miles) or approx. a 3 hour drive
- Driving Distance to Montreal: 287km (180 miles) or approx. a 2.5 hour drive
- Driving Distance to Ottawa: 170km (105 miles) or approx. a 2 hour drive
- Ranking in Best Places to Live & Work in Canada Study: #4
Arts & Culture:
- Number of Museums & Historic Sites: 26
- Number of Art Galleries: 4 including the famous Agnes Etherington Art Centre
- Number of paintings by renaissance master Rembrandt: 68, one of the largest in the world.
- Notable performing arts venues: The Isabel Bader Centre For Performing Arts
- Are there places to eat? Yes. Kingston is experiencing a dining renaissance, with an increasing array of fine dining options mixed in with authentic international fare, lots of options.
- Hectares of protected forest, fields and wetlands in the city: 500
- Kilometres of nearby hiking trails: 60
- Is Kingston bike friendly? Yes, with an ever-expanding cycling infrastructure
- Number of Great Lakes Kingston is situated directly on: 1, Lake Ontario
- Number of nearby islands: 1000 (though the actual number is closer to 1800)
- Website for Queen's Athletics & Recreation: Queen's Recreation & Services
Kingston is a beautiful, almost idyllic college town. With it's old-stone buildings covered in Ivy, it's soft lake air, wide, expansive streets, open-air parks and green campuses, Kingston is the archetype of the classic northeastern college town: quaint, eclectic and verdant all at once. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at some of the images below to get a sense of what Kingston looks like:
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