Take a drive 2 hours West of the McIntosh Country Inn and discover the amazing history and sights of Kingston, Ontario.
The City of Kingston is only 2 hours down the road from the McIntosh Inn and Conference Centre. After you’ve enjoyed the sites of Morrisburg and the surrounding area, take a road trip up the St. Lawrence River. Kingston, the city known as the fresh-water capital of North America, is home to the prestigious Queen’s University, the must see spooky historical Haunted Walking Tours, and a wealth of military history.
Saturated in history and tradition, Kingston is the resting-place of Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. History buffs can visit Fort Henry, a 19th century British Military Fortress, or one of the 17 museums that showcase everything from woodworking tools to military and technological advances.
7 Exciting Things to do in Kingston
Haunted Walking Tours
Follow the lighted lantern held by your cloaked and hooded Guide and experience the Haunted Walk Tour of Kingston. For 25th years, visitors have encountered the spooky ghost stories told on the 75-minute walk through Kingston’s old Sydenham Ward. Prepare yourself for desperate tales of haunted hotels, grave robbings, hangings, secret burial grounds, and other hair-raising revelations.
For more information, visit https://hauntedwalk.com/
Sight Seeing Boat Cruises
Like the Cruises offered down the River in the City of Brockville, Kingston lets you experience another area of the St. Lawrence River and offers the broadest assortment of cruise options available in the 1000 Islands region.
Enjoy the 90-minute Discovery Cruise, tour the westerly Islands, and learn about Kingston’s rich heritage. Other highlighted topics include Fort Henry, Kingston’s shipwrecks, and Canada’s Royal Military College.
Another cruise option, the 3-hour Heart of the Islands Cruise, offers live entertainment and a live-commentary of the 1000 Island’s history and folklore. You can enjoy a Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner, and a full service-bar and canteen.
For more information on cruises and gift certificates, visit https://www.1000islandscruises.ca/
Grand Theatre Shows
One of the main cultural attractions in the greater Kingston area, The Grand Theatre offers its services as a performing arts venue for hundreds of amateur and professional productions a year. Audiences have enjoyed a variety of performances spanning ballet, modern dance, theatre, variety shows, musicals, comedy and more. Past productions include The Little Prince, the Broadway hit musical The Last Five Years, and A Beautiful View by Canadian playwright Daniel McIvor.
For more information on the Great Theatre and tickets, visit https://www.kingstongrand.ca/
The beautiful limestone buildings of Queen’s University have graced the southwest edge of downtown Kingston for more than 175 years. A Royal Charter signed by Queen Victoria established Queen’s University in 1841. Queen’s main campus is located on approximately 100 acres of land.
Walk the sprawling campus and enjoy the historic buildings, the self-guided sculpture tour and the self-guided arboretum tour on the lawn area in front of Theological Hall and Summerhill, among other sites. Discover interesting historical tidbits like the fact that Grand Hall, the University’s landmark building, was used as a military hospital during the First World War and then transformed as an entertainment centre and a meal hall for soldiers during WWII.
For more information visit https://www.queensu.ca/
Royal Military College
The City of Kingston has long been a place of strategic importance to the Canadian military, especially during the War of 1812. It’s of no surprise that Canada’s Royal Military College, established in 1874, still offers professional military education there today. You can tour the grounds of the Royal Military College and visit the RMC Museum, the home to a remarkable collection of art and military objects and archives.
Enjoy the Royal Military College walking tour which includes 13 stations, including a monument created in 1937 in memory of the military personal who defended Canadian soil during 1812-14.
For more information about touring RMC, visit https://www.rmc-cmr.ca/en/registrars-office/visiting-rmcc
Military Communications and Electronics Museum
If you’re interested in military history and especially communications, the Military Communications and Electronics Museum is perfect for you! Enjoy a variety of exhibits and online presentations remembering Vimy, WWI and WWII.
For more information visit https://www.candemuseum.org/
St. George’s Cathedral
St. George’s Cathedral is an important site in Kingston and is the recipient of thousands of visitors a year from around the globe. A large and impressive building, St. George’s was originally built in 1792 and earned cathedral status in 1862. Come and see the huge stained-glass windows, the beautiful dome and graceful entrance adorned with columns and a stunning interior. Because of its excellent acoustics, musical concerts are often held in the Cathedral.