As the western Gateway to the spectacular 1000 Islands area of Ontario, Kingston plays host to thousands of visitors who arrive annually to experience this unique area.

But Kingston is more than just a gateway city whose roots lie deep in the fur trade. Located on the shores of the St Lawrence River, It's home to numerous heritage buildings constructed of limestone and is the oldest city in the province of Ontario. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Boldt Castle, built in 1900 by George C Boldt as a tribute to his beloved wife Louise.

Two UNESCO-designated heritage sites are within a stone's throw of the city in Fort Henry and the Rideau Canal and both are worth the visit. The massive north gate at the Kingston Penitentiary invites visitors to peek inside the now-closed prison and experience what it was like to be an inmate there. Historic Bellevue House offers an insight into the life of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A McDonald - there's so much to do and see in Kingston.

The Thousand Islands are a popular destination for Guests picking up their RV in Montreal or Toronto, our City Hop RV road trip itinerary taking you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the area.

Top 5 Things to Do

  • Fort Henry
  • 1000 Island Cruises
  • Kingston Penitentiary Tours
  • Bellevue House
  • Kingston Mills

The Limestone City

Historic and spectacular with an authentic urban vibe, Kingston is where culinary and culture collide – and never stops surprising.
Video courtesy of Visit Kingston

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