This week the Travel Show is live on location as we explore Kingston – the fresh-water sailing capital of North America – with a vibrant waterfront culture and streets alive with music and events. This friendly city offers a lively getaway with history, stunning architecture, sightseeing, a vibrant downtown and excellent dining choices...
Whet your appetite by going to www.visitkingston.ca to find out about events and activities in Kingston. It’s easy! Check out the "Click, Pack & Go" packages that offer great value combinations of accommodations, activities and events – and there are packages to suit everyone.
The Kingston dining experience can easily compete with the largest cultural and urban centres in North America. Savour ethnic and home grown menus at a choice of over 200 restaurants, washed down with fine vintage wines from neighbouring Prince Edward County. You will find pubs and patios, featuring everything from Eastern Ontario cuisine to dishes from around the world.
Kingston boasts its own vibrant Asian, Indian, Greek, Italian and Portuguese communities, which have had a delightful impact on the restaurant scene. In addition to global flavours, Kingston has access to farms and fields in the surrounding region offering fresh and often organic options year round. And with a blossoming viticulture industry nearby, find out why local wine makers are gaining national and international attention.
For a unique perspective on the Kingston culinary scene - take a tour with Kingston by Fork The Homegrown Eats Tour starts in Kingston's historic market and explores Kingston's vibrant local food community. It concludes with a full 3-course lunch at the renowned AquaTerra Restaubistro, one of Kingson's premier gourmet restaurants. The lunch is made with locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. The Taste of the World Tour explores tastes from all over the globe that can be found in the small downtown core of Kingston. It stops at various restaurants and stores to sample a delicious variety of food at each location.
Savour the small city charm as you wander the historic downtown streets, breathing in the stunning Victorian architecture. Or dine aboard the majestic Island Star as you cruise the famous Thousand Islands. Take in the many extraordinary museums that chart Kingston’s fascinating Marine, Military, Medical and Social history. Tour the city sites and museums aboard the historic Confederation Tour Trolley - including Canada's first Prime Minister's House, the Royal Military College and more.
Dark Tourism is at its best as Kingston's Fort Henry - a UNESCO World heritage site - transforms into “Fort Fright”, one of the Province’s largest, scariest attractions! Hollywood-style animatronics and special effects, live scare actors and new sound and light technology are guaranteed to give you a sleepless night! Plus - witness the bizarre, the freakish and the absurd with hypnotist Buzz Collins and the new Spirits and Serpents experience. From September 22 through October 29, 2011, Fort Henry’s ghoulish gates open Wednesday to Saturday evenings, from 6-10pm.
You can shop till you drop at unique boutiques, shops and markets. And Kingston has festivals, great clubs and entertainment – including two great venues with fabulous year round programming: The K Rock Centre and the Grand Theatre.
Wander the walk-able waterfront paths - or enjoy the green spaces and hiking trails just ten minutes outside the city. Bird watchers delight in the many species found in this area and trails take you by marshlands and across wooden foot path bridges.
Kingston Trip Showcase
Photo Credits: Kingston Tourism and Downtown Kingston! BIA plus Downtown Kingston Brock Street - Wayne Heibert