Attractions



Kingston is a major tourist destination, with over 2.2 million visitors each year.  For a complete list of attractions and events, refer to the Tourism Kingston website.

Fort Henry
Originally built during the War of 1812, Fort Henry today is one of Ontario's primary tourist destinations. It is known for its tours and exhibits, special programs, and its famous Sunset Ceremonies. Fort Henry, along with the other Kingston fortifications and the Rideau Canal, was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 along with such landmarks as Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Acropolis, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Thousand Islands and the St. Lawrence Seaway
One of North America's regions of outstanding natural beauty, the Thousand Islands are located just to the east of Kingston. Popular boat cruises of the Islands depart from downtown Kingston during the late spring and summer.

Bellevue House
Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, made his home in Kingston and Bellevue House was his residence. It has been restored to the 1840s period and is staffed by costumed interpretive guides.

Downtown Kingston
Kingston has one of Canada's most vibrant downtowns.   There are over 100 restaurants and 200 specialty shops all within walking distance of the Queen's campus.  Historic Market Square is home to North America's oldest continuously operating public market, and hosts evening movie nights in the summer and a public skating rink in the winter. 

Confederation Tour Trolley
A familiar sight in the summer is the Kingston Tour Trolley.  It explores Kingston's waterfront, our limestone heritage, and modern attractions.

Wolfe Island

Take the free ferry from downtown Kingston and explore this beautiful and tranquil destination, the largest of the Thousand Islands. Wolfe Island is a great place to go cycling, swimming, sailing, or just to relax.   It's also home to Big Sandy Bay, rated as one of Ontario's best beaches.