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A Day Away in Kingston

Leave the car behind as you explore Kingston’s pedestrian-friendly downtown core. Stroll the limestone streetscapes dotted with restaurants and bars offering some of the best food and drink you’ll find anywhere and enjoy an abundance of independent shops and boutiques offering only-in-Kingston finds.

Eat & Drink

The city comes together to share its passion for good food raised right. Kingston’s chefs source homegrown every chance they get. Through winter, spring, summer and fall, their menus constantly evolve to explore bold flavours and offer the best tastes and products of the region.

Dianne’s Fish Shack and Smokehouse

Dianne’s Fish Shack and Smokehouse: Classic East Coast meets the flavours of Mexico! Think lobster rolls, fish n’ chips and oysters along with tacos, guacamole and Mexican BBQ.

Atomica Pizza and Wine Bar: Fresh Mediterranean food including a plant-based menu guaranteed to please any vegetarian or vegan.

The Everly: Thoughtful wine list from near and far, focusing on terroir-driven small passionate producers, as well as a curated selection of classic cocktails for your pleasure.

Explore & Experience

Whether you want to spend the day exploring historic sites or prefer to discover vintage and one-of-a-kind finds, you can get lost in the history, heritage, art and architecture of the country’s first capital city.

The Kingston Penitentiary

Kingston Penitentiary Tours: Always notorious in Canada, this maximum-security prison operated for 178 years and is now a National Historic Site offering guided tours.

Waterfront Pathway: An 8km picturesque trail along Lake Ontario accessible from the downtown core. Along the way you’ll see part of Kingston’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kingston Fortifications.

Something Else Records | Image via: forbesphotographer.com

Antiques & art: Whether you’re after antique treasures, vintage vinyl or thrifted threads, Kingston is home to a bounty of shops that cater to those who love a good find. Be sure to check out End of the Thread Antique Emporium, Something Else Records, and Martello Alley.

Historic neighbourhoods: Explore Sydenham Ward, Queen’s University campus, Barriefield Village and Portsmouth Village for a glimpse into the city’s past. The City of Kingston offers guided audio tours via their mobile app.