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Kingston (Ontario)

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Introduction

Kingston, Ontario, is a city on the north shore of Lake Ontario, about half-way between Toronto and Montreal. It's called the Limestone City after the material used for its historic buildings. One of Kingston's claims to fame is that from 1841 to 1844 it served as the first capital of a united Canada. It's also well-known as a military town (the Royal Military College of Canada is here) and university town (Queen's University is here).

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Sights and Activities

  • Fort Henry National Historic site of Canada – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover daily life in a 19th century fort with costumed historic interpreters.
  • Kingston City Hall - One of the beautiful limestone structures that gave Kingston its pet name.
  • 1000 Island boat cruises - These leave from the dock downtown. A great way to see the islands and their many summer cottages and mansion.
  • Bellevue House National Historic Site of Canada - Home of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.
  • Correctional Services of Canada Museum – Part of Kingston Penitentiary.

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Events and Festivals

Limestone City Blues Festival, the Jazz Festival, Wolfe Island Music Festival, Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, Fanfayr Arts & Craft Show, and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.

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Getting There

By Plane

Pearson Airport Toronto is located about an hour away and has dozens of flights, both domestic as well as international.

By Train

VIA Rail, Canada's national rail system, serves Kingston. Easy access is available to and from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Kingston has a good local bus system.

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Sleep

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Queen's University rents out dorm rooms to tourists during the summer.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 44.231329
  • Longitude: -76.480925

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