Do you know why Kingston is called the Limestone City?

Kingston is a medium sized, lively city located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario’s north shore. Recently it was judged to be one of the best places to live and work in Canada. It is located at the entrance to the 1000 Islands and is almost equidistant from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Syracuse NY. The Greater Kingston area has a population of over 135,000 persons. It is a popular tourist destination throughout the summer. The scenic Rideau Canal, once a vital commercial route but now reserved for pleasure boaters, links Kingston to Ottawa. The Thousand Island region of the St. Lawrence River begins at Kingston Harbour and popular tours leave from downtown Kingston and from other nearby centres. Kingston has been a focal point for native peoples for thousands of years. Major European influence over the area began with Count Frontenac, of New France. He established a permanent trading fort in 1673 at the mouth of the Cataraqui river, in the heart of Kingston and the start of the Rideau Canal to Ottawa. The city is home to a thriving arts community. The Theatre at the Grand and performances of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra are highlights of the summer season. There is a wide variety of restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues to appeal to all tastes. Kingston is also known as the ‘Freshwater Sailing Capital of the World’. Each year thousands of the world’s finest small boat sailors and enthusiasts congregate in Kingston during August for the 11-day series of CORK races. Throughout the summer boats of all sizes and from all ports converge on Kingston to take advantage of the reliable winds and the charming scenery of the Thousand Islands.

Community Profile at a Glance

Advantages of a sophisticated city combined with the simple pleasures of a small-town lifestyle, history, culture, outdoor-recreation, entertainment. Recently amalgamated, the City of Kingston has a population of 112,605 (Census 1996). Well-educated workforce. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of total local workforce have post-secondary education, compared with Ontario at 52% (Census 1996) Community resources providing value-added expertise to businesses: Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, Royal Military College (RMC), Greater Kingston Technology Council, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), Kingston Technology Exchange Centre, a Queen’s University and City of Kingston partnership incubating emerging technology-based companies, 13th best computer engineering program in N.A. at RMC as rated by Hewlett Packard, 2 Ontario Centres of Excellence - Communication and Information Technology and Materials and Manufacturing Ontario, 9 public and private Research and Development Centres, 100 new companies since 1992 in the electronic, communications, computer services, management consulting, architecture, engineering, research, and scientific sectors.

Visitor Information

Information on Kingston is also available from the Kingston Tourist Information Office 209 Ontario Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 2Z Voice: 1-613-548-4415 Fax: 613-548-4549 E-mail: