by Festival Nomad, Gary McWilliams

Kingston, Ontario - A World Heritage Destination
The following is an excerpt from the Tourism Kingston website - "Nestled where the Rideau Canal and St. Lawrence River meet Lake Ontario, Kingston is a city built on a grand heritage and defined by an exquisite ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today."

"The following description of Kingston is base on our many visits to the city."

If you have never visited the City of Kingston, you have missed enjoying one of Ontario’s and Canada's most historic and beautiful cities. Not only are there many historic buildings, it is the home of the father of confederation, Sir John A. MacDonald. Throughout the city there are landmarks honouring Sir John A. To the east of the city you will find the World Heritage Site, Fort Henry. The Fort overlooks the St. Lawrence River and offers a glorious view of both the St. Lawrence and the City of Kingston. Throughout the summer months the Fort offers visitors an authentic look into Canada’s past. In October, it changes it’s look and transforms itself into “Fort Fright”. My son-in-law, Eddy and I visited Fort Fright last year and had a wonderful “frightening” time! If you are looking for great shopping, Kingston’s downtown shopping area offers lots of variety. One of Judi’s favourite stores is located there, Wallack’s Art Supplies. Judi tells me she could spend hours there, “just looking”! Kingston is also the home of Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital. Unfortunately I have intimate knowledge of the hospital as this is where I had my triple By-Pass surgery. I must say that Kingston is one of my favourite places to visit (not the hospital). There is always lots to do. From shopping to sightseeing and from attractions to festivals and events. Here's a list of some of the events and attractions:

  • Fort Henry
  • Portsmouth Village
  • Grand Theatre
  • Woodworking Museum
  • Pump House Steam Museum
  • Bellevue House National Historic Park
  • International Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Museum of Health Care
  • Royal Military College Museum
  • Music in the Gardens
  • Sheep Dog Trials
  • Kingston Fall Fair
  • Kingston Info