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Tourism Kingston

Historic and hip… Kingston has it all.

Nestled where the St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal and Lake Ontario meet, Kingston is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Peoples. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the immense beauty of the territory’s natural landscape.

The city’s lakeshore location has earned it a reputation for some of the best freshwater sailing in the world. As one of the oldest cities in the country, Kingston is home to the world-renowned 1000 Islands, and UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal and Fort Henry.

Pair the grand heritage, history and architecture of Kingston with the city’s dynamic cultural life for a truly distinct getaway. Explore the pedestrian-friendly downtown core’s limestone streetscapes dotted with restaurants and bars offering some of the best food and drink you’ll find anywhere, and an abundance of independent shops and boutiques offering only-in-Kingston finds.

Cinephile, bookworm, foodie, music lover? Kingston is enriched by an active arts and culture scene offering dynamic festivals and events year-round. Kingston is also for the kids! Events like Maple Madness, Feb Fest, Buskers Rendezvous and Movies in the Square offer family-friendly fare, while Kingston’s many museums have engaging children’s exhibits and programming that the whole family can enjoy.

During spring and summer, the Kingston Waterfront – one of Kingston’s favourite attractions – starts to comes alive.

Spanning over 8 km (5 miles), the possibilities are endless. You can hop on a bus tour, enjoy a boat cruise around the 1000 Islands or take in a free ride on the Wolfe Island Ferry! Don’t underestimate a leisurely stroll along the Waterfront Trail or along the streets of Kingston, either. Enjoy the historic buildings and settle down afterwards at one of the many downtown patios for a refreshing beverage while looking out onto the water.

Part of Kingston’s waterfront masterplan is the facilitation of a deep-water docking location. When complete, this will accommodate cruise ships with a nominal draft of up to 6 m (19.7 ft). Length and beam constraints are considerations for berth dimensions and the potential need for supplementary mooring structures.

Preferred Anchor Location

44°13.182'N, 76°28.491'W

About half a nautical mile from Crawford Wharf, tender time is under 10 minutes. The harbour is well protected from prevailing westerlies. On rare occasions, it may be exposed to southwesterly gusts that result in challenging tender operations. Access to Kingston harbour can be made from Lake Ontario to the west, or the St. Lawrence River to the east. Local day charter vessels are available in Kingston harbour to provide safe, comfortable ship to shore transfers.



216 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario  K7L 2Z3
1 888 855 4555
613 217 3720

Allyson Tonelli

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