Kingston Downtown

Everything you need to know about the Kingston near our hotel is here. Read about top attractions to plan your time. Consider our culinary scene and find the flavours to suit your tastes. And be sure to save some time to stop in one of our popular downtown brew houses. Kingston events, by season, are also on the agenda which may influence the time of year you decide to visit. Enjoy!

What are the top attractions in Kingston?

So many attractions are available to you during your visit to Kingston, Ontario, you may not know where to start. From peaceful parks and national historic sites to performing arts theatres, museums, and quaint shopping alleys, Kingston has no dearth of things to fill your time. Ask anyone at our front reception desk for recommendations to suit your interests.

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Kingston’s Culinary Scene

Kingston is your place to sample flavours from across the globe. Foodies love the taste adventures that include grazing experiences to eight-course fine dining. Casual eats or formal fare — you can count on the culinary selections to be unique in atmosphere, aroma, taste, and presentation. Eating in downtown Kingston fuels the body and soul.

Explore some “never before tasted” selections.

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What’s Brewing in Kingston?

Beyond Kingston’s pubs, cafés, and nightlife spots, local breweries serve some of the best in Canada. If you have a taste for the froth, this is an experience for you. While pub hopping for new and favourite hops, you may even meet some of our local brewers in places like Aaron Martin of Riverhead Brewing Company, Stone City Ale’s Justin da Silva, or one of the current day MacKinnon Brothers at their brewery of the same name.

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Kingston in the Springtime

When spring is in the air, residents and visitors flock to the outdoors to take in the warmth of Kingston, in more ways than one. Events and exhibitions run rampant in the arts genre, music in the park, and our International Wine Festival. The Trolley Tours are back on and the Kids for Kids Hockey Tournament comes to town. Kingston steps up in the spring and makes it easy for you to step out, take a breath of fresh air, and join in the fun.

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Summer in Kingston

Summertime in Kingston is when the sunshine really kicks in. It comes with a remarkable lineup of musicians, food events, historical tours, Kingston Pride events, outdoor movies, and island cruises. Notable happenings that attract visitors from around the world include our Queen’s Convocation, Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, and Artfest Kingston in July. And summer wraps up with our annual Poker Run and a Limestone City Bluesfest. Summer is not to be missed in Kingston.

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Kingston in the Fall

Enjoy the brisk air when fall rolls around in Kingston. This is a wonderful time of year to take in the foliage and the festivals. And again, there’s plenty to do. No sweat. Start with the classic haunted walks and ghost mystery trolley tours. Feel the freshness of the harvest season at Open Farms. Or experience the Queen’s Homecoming or our one-of-a-kind Pumpkinferno at Fort Henry. There’s much-a-do in Kingston in the fall. Don’t let it blow by without a visit.

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A Kingston Winter

Catch a Kingston Frontenac’s game or schedule an escape room venture when in Kingston during winter. December attracts those who enjoy our unique German Christmas market and our Mackinnon brothers — a popular brewery and outdoor holiday market. Daytime invites activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating in market square. The Reelout Queer Film Festival is talk of the town in February, and bars and cafes keep their outdoor seating open with heated patios all winter long.

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Getting Here

Getting to, and around, Kingston is easy. While many attractions are within walking distance of the downtown core, you have other transit options as well. Kingston also has accessible transportation options, as well as accessible tours and attractions.

By Car

Via Highway 401 westbound, take exit 623. Via Highway 401 eastbound, take exit 615. Scenic eastbound route: take Highway 33 along Lake Ontario into Kingston. From Cape Vincent, N.Y., take Horne’s ferry to Wolfe Island, then the Wolfe Island Ferry to Kingston. 

By Air

FLYGTA’s service between Norman Rogers Airport and Billy Bishop Airport on Toronto Island operates four days per week, with two daily trips on Thursdays and Fridays, and four flights on Saturdays and Sundays. Learn more.

Pascan Aviation will begin providing airline service from Montreal (Pierre Trudeau/Dorval Airport) to the Kingston Airport in May 2022. Flight service will be offered three-times daily Monday – Friday, and twice daily Saturday and Sunday. Flights are now available for booking.

By Train

VIA Rail offers service to Kingston from Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. Visit or call 1.888.VIA-RAIL. VIA Rail’s Bike Train offers bike racks on board select passenger rail trains. Visit

By Bus

Coach Canada/Trentway-Wager Bus Lines ( and Megabus ( offer service to Kingston. Please check with operators to confirm service and schedules. 

By Boat 

Kingston has both city-operated and privately owned marinas.

  • Confederation Basin Marina (City of Kingston): 613.546.4291 ext. 1823 (seasonal)
  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (City of Kingston): 613.546.4291 ext. 1827
  • Collins Bay Marina (West end): 613.389.4455
  • Treasure Island Marina (East end): 613.548.1239
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