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"Canada's First Capital....Kingston" Top 5 Page for this destination Kingston by windsorgirl

Kingston Travel Guide: 190 reviews and 410 photos

The Thousand Islands

No visit to Kingston would be complete without a cruise of The Thousand Islands. A highlight of your cruise will certainly be the beautiful Boldt Castle. This photo is not of the castle, but merely the power house from which electricity for the castle was to be generated back in the 1890's. By the ornate beauty of this utilitarian structure, you can imagine the grandeur of Boldt Castle itself.

Did you know that Thousand Island Dressing was created here by a chef from the Waldorf Astoria? He had spent time here at the summer home of his employer, and came up with the new concoction at the request of Mr. Boldt.

The Oldest City in Ontario

Kingston is a city full of historical significance. It was built at a very strategic location where the St.Lawrence River enters Lake Ontario and served as Canada's first Capital City from 1841 to 1844. It didn't take long for someone to realize that it's location was far too close to the American border and so the city lost it's Capital Status after only three short years.

Kingston is also considered the home of Canada's First Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, eventhough he was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated here with his parents at age 5. You can see many tributes to Sir John throughout Kingston including a statue at City Park, a freeway named in his honour, several of his homes and the graves of himself and his family.

The Limestone City

Kingston is known for it's impressive 19th century limestone homes and buildings. You will find examples of these everywhere, at the Royal Military College, Queens University and throughout the downtown core.

Kingston is located a 250 kms east of Toronto on the 401 at the eastern shores of Lake Ontario.

  • Last visit to Kingston: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2005 at 5:06 AM

    Hans & I were here many years ago & took the cruise from Gananoque, so missed the Boldt Castle. Too bad! The inventor of the bobby pin is a millionaire - who would have thunk it!

  • janika's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2004 at 9:19 PM

    Hey Girl, I like your Hotel tip! :) Haha, Same as mine... Close enough anyway. This is a super page Kathy. I never got to set foot on the island where the castle is. Cheers,,,

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2004 at 6:37 AM

    Excellent work, Kathy. The Boldt Castle looks marvelous, and even spending the night on the Alexander Henry would be a neat experience. Great photos as usual.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2004 at 3:11 AM

    What an entertaining page on this great city! The story of Boldt Castle is amazing, and sad. Fantastic photos and very interesting information on everything! Thanks


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