Kingston is a city in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It is on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Cataraqui River (south end of the Rideau Canal).


The city is midway between Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. The Thousand Islands tourist region is nearby to the east. Kingston is nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many heritage buildings constructed using local limestone.

Kingston was named the first capital of the United Province of Canada on February 10, 1841. While its time as a capital city was short (ending in 1844), the community has remained an important military installation.


Kingston was the county seat of Frontenac County until 1998. Kingston is now a separate municipality from the County of Frontenac.

ABOUT KINGSTON – Where history and innovation thrive. 

City of Kingston Newcomers' Welcome Gift! 

Kingston is a beautiful city and we want you here! 

The City of Kingston offers a Newcomers' Welcome Gift for those who have moved to the city. This gift includes; 

  • A Kingston Transit pass

  • A Fit Pass for City recreation programs and services

  • A voucher for two passes to select shows at the Grand Theatre

  • A family day-pass to the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum or the Pump House Steam Museum