Discover Kingston, Ontario

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. 

Quick Facts:

  • 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

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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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