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Explore Canada’s first capital city

Nestled where the St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, and Lake Ontario meet, Kingston is home to the world-renowned 1000 Islands, and UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal and Fort Henry. Pair the grand heritage, history, and architecture with the city’s dynamic cultural life for a truly distinct getaway.

Eat & Drink

Kingston’s culinary creators rely on the talented and tireless producers in the region, as they work together to bring organic, compassionately raised and ethically sourced ingredients to the table.

Credit: Toast & Jam

Toast & Jam: A locally sourced brunch café where all food is made from scratch in house. Their fluffy buttermilk pancakes with Chantilly cream and fresh berries are a favourite.

Aqua Terra: Dishes that delight and magnificent waterfront views with every meal. We recommend their olive-oil poached Halibut Niçoise with marinated potato, tomato, crispy fried egg, and kalamata olive dust.

Olivea: A family-run Italian trattoria serving traditional and contemporary Italian fare. Their Seafood Linguine with spicy tomato, olives, and caper sauce is a flavourful favourite.

Mesa Fresca: Approachable menus that include Latin and Mexican-inspired fare, with twists on some great restaurant classics. They work closely with local food producers, breweries, and wineries.

Black Dog Tavern: Try their Delicious Fried Chicken. Find this and other upscale pub grub including a kids’ menu, gluten-free, vegan and veggie options.

Spearhead Brewing Company: Beer without boundaries. It’s a philosophy reflected in Spearhead’s mainstay brews including a Moroccan Brown Ale, Bedrock Lager, Lighter Lager, and a Hawaiian Style Pale Ale. Spearhead is just one of seven breweries in the region.

Explore & Experience

Leave the car behind as you explore the pedestrian-friendly downtown core’s limestone streetscapes dotted with anabundance of independent shops and boutiques offering only-in-Kingston finds.

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.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre: An art museum located at Queen’s University. Be sure to take in Rembrandt and Company: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Paintings from The Bader Collection.

Antiques and 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.

Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning: Operating in a beautiful heritage building on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Tett Centre is home to arts organizations and artists, and offers many opportunities to immerse yourself in workshops, exhibitions,and open houses. Be sure to stop by Juniper Café for a sweet treat.

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.

Rest & Relax

Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront: Kingston’s four-star hotel in the heart of downtown. Each guest room featureswater views. Indulge in award-winning culinary creations at the on-site restaurant, Aqua Terra, or bask beside the sparkling indoor rooftop pool.