Comfort Inn Midtown
1454 Princess St. -- Hwy. 2
Kingston, ON K7M 3E5
Phone: (613) 549-5550
Fax: (613) 549-1388
Established in 1850, the Cataraqui Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Kingston. The cemetery is deemed to be one of the most beautiful historic cemeteries in the country. Covering a gorgeous landscaped area of 91 acres (37 hectares) and providing a final resting place for about 45,000 citizens, it has the honor of being the largest in Canada. Many prominent citizens were interred here, and amongst them are John Counter, who was the first mayor of the city of Kingston.
John A. Macdonald is considered one of the most prominent leaders of Canada. One of the Fathers of the Confederation, Macdonald has also served as Prime Minister to the country for nineteen years, one of the longest term served, second only to William Lyon Mackenzie. Macdonald passed away in 1891 in Ottawa and was buried in Kingston's Cataraqui Cemetery. Considered one of the most beautiful and oldest cemeteries in the city, it is an apt final resting place for the iconic leader. The Macdonald's gravesite, along with the cemetery, was deemed a National Historic Site of Canada in 2011.
Touted as the home ground of the Canadian Olympic Training Regattas (CORK), Portsmouth Olympic Harbour is Kingston's tourist destination as well. It was initially constructed in 1969, but was redeveloped for the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal. Following the Olympic games, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour has continued hosting various sailing competitions as well as local and cultural events. The harbor offers visitors a pleasant walk by the water in the cool sea breeze.
The Lake Ontario Park is a beautiful park that offers great views of the Lake Onatrio. This public park features facilities like splash pad, play areas, a renovated event area and so forth. For more details, check website.
Established in 1835, Kingston Penitentiary or Kingston Pen used to be one of the oldest running prisons in the world. The maximum security prison was known to house infamous inmates who were doing time, including the high profile James Donnelly, the patriarch of the Donnelly crime family. With a capacity of more than 500 inmates, the Kingston Pen building now serves as a popular landmark although not in use since September of 2013.
Bellevue House was the residence of the former Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Alexander Macdonald. Today, visitors can tour the entire estate along with the beautiful gardens and get a glimpse of yesteryear charm.
The Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is a beautiful area that offers exciting activities like skiing, canoeing, bird viewing and so forth. Apart from that, this region also boasts of different species of plants as well as animals.
Located in downtown area, the Sydenham Street United Church was founded in 1852. This church welcomes one and all with open arms and spreads the message of peace and love. It organizes various outreach programs, prayer services, community events, workshops that cater to different age groups and members of the society. That's not it, classical and gospel music concerts are a regular feature here. The Sydenham Street United Church also has several halls and meeting rooms that can be hired for private events including weddings, receptions, fund-raisers and so forth. Call for details.
Built in 1858, the Frontenac County Court House is a splendid structure that draws inspiration from the neoclassical style of architecture. The building was commissioned in 1855 to contain the Parliament of Canada, when Kingston was almost made the capital of the nation. The impressive, old building that still sports a front bearing United Kingdom's Royal Coat of Arms, provides wondrous views of Lake Ontario that it overlooks. One of the finest examples of architecture and one of the most significant buildings in Kingston, the court house is definitely worth a see.
In the hustle bustle of the city life, City Park comes across as a oasis and tranquil zone. You can sit by the huge trees or simply stroll along the neatly carved out walking paths. For details, call ahead.
Managed and maintained by the Kingston Historical Society, the Murney Tower is an important tourist attraction. This museum showcases objects and artifacts that were actually used by soldiers and locals in the past era.
At the Ontario Street stands the famous and important Kingston City Hall. This city landmark is always abuzz with events and art activities. For more details, call ahead.