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City Feature: Kingston, ON

Kingston is a great place to live!

November 14, 2021 By Moveogo Concierge

An old city established in 1673, Kingston is located in Eastern Ontario, near the St. Lawrence River that flows out of Lake Ontario. It was once used as a French trading post and is nicknamed the “Limestone City” due to the many prestigious and historic estate buildings constructed out of limestone found locally in the area. Rich in history, Kingston was also home to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald (or, Sir John A.), who was also a respected lawyer and councillor in the city. As well, Kingston was named Canada’s first Capital in 1841 until the Capital was relocated in 1844.

Kingston is proudly an arts and creative community, opening their Grande Theatre in 1879. Presently, it serves as home to the Kingston Symphony, hosting local and international artists from around the work and remains a cultural staple for residents of the Kingston Community. Kingston nightlife is as vibrant and lively as ever, with more restaurants and bars per capita than almost any other city in Canada. If you are thinking of moving to Kingston, prepare yourself for a rich history and mesmerizing architecture.

Things to do in Kingston

As we have seen, there is no city richer in history than Kingston, with an abundance of activities to partake in such as museum tours at the Royal Military College of Canada Museum located on the campus of the Royal Military College of Canada, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, and the Fort Henry National Historic Site.

Kingston has always been an advocate for the fine arts so it is no surprise that the Grande Theatre serves as one of the city’s main attractions for residents and tourists. The theatre opened in 1902 and has hosted numerous famous performers.

Spend the day exploring the rural fantasy of Upper Canada Village. This 19th-century village is complete with more than 40 historic buildings and lets you experience life as villagers with a guided tour and activities such as milking cows, walking a calf, and taking a wagon ride.

For a relaxing atmosphere, visit the St. Lawrence River where activities like canoeing and kayaking are close by. Have a picnic, dine out, go shopping, or enjoy sailing along the river. Crysler Beach is also a great site to visit for swimming.

Being a gateway to the Thousand Islands, no visit to Kingston is complete without visiting the archipelago. There are over 1,800 islands that stretch for around 80 kilometers along the St. Lawrence River.

Local Economy

Kingston’s manufacturing sector is expected to experience moderate growth, adding 2,100 jobs over the next 30 years. Manufacturing will remain a vital component of the local economy.