Thousand Islands Region in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Photo: BakerJarvis/Shutterstock)
Thousand Islands Region in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (Photo: BakerJarvis/Shutterstock)

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Kingston

Known as "Limestone City," Kingston, Ontario is located where the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui Rivers meet. It's a rather quaint city that claims the title of Ontario's oldest. Kingston boasts a number of historic sites and architectural gems, like the 19th-century Fort Henry, which was built to both protect the city and to host military demonstrations, and Kingston Penitentiary, which dates back to 1835 and is open for tours. The imposing Kingston City Hall is another must-see -- it takes up an entire city block and is a national heritage site that still houses many government offices.

Active cruisers and those who prefer to stay close to the water might consider an excursion to the beautiful Thousand Islands -- a chain of islands that borders New York state and Ontario. Here, visitors can see lighthouses and maritime museums or spend the day hiking, biking, fishing or enjoying any number of watersports.

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About Kingston


Pro

Kingston is full of historic sites and beautiful green spaces

Con

More adventurous travelers need to head out to Thousand Lakes to experience more than a gentle stroll

Bottom Line

Kingston is an important city in North American history with much to explore and offers an easy access point for more active excursions


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