Explore the links at left for an overview of some of the City (or City-supported) programs, facilities and services that make Kingston one of the best places to live or visit in Canada.
The Culture Map of Kingston shows where to find public art, event venues, museums, places of worship, libraries, heritage properties, arenas, educational facilities and National historic sites.
Looking for more events and attractions?
- Check out Tourism Kingston's site for a great overview of what's happening in Kingston today.
- Seeking arts and culture? See the Kingston Arts Council site, the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, the Rogers K-Rock Centre and the Grand Theatre.
- Interested in Kingston's museums? Borrow a pass from any branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to visit these sites with your family for free (good for two adults and three children): Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Pump House Steam Museum and the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum. Kingston has many other museums to explore. Find a listing here.
- History buff? Kingston was the first capital of a united Canada. Find out more here.
- Foodie? Kingston has a number of farmers markets including the Kingston Public Market in Springer Market Square (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) and the Sunday Memorial Centre Farmers Market by the barns at 303 York St.
- Up for a lovely walk? Choose a City park or trail -- or try one of our historic walking tours.
- How about a swim or splash? Tomlinson Aqua Park and City wading pools or splash pads are open during the summer months. Or head to Grass Creek Park for a nice sandy beach.
- Explore the City's events calendar and the community calendar listings for even more ideas.
Shoot a movie in our hometown!
Producers are discovering Kingston's heritage buildings, variety of scenic settings – and fantastic restaurants and hotels – make it a great place to shoot a movie or TV show.
Visit Tourism Kingston's Film Office set up to support filmmakers seeking locations and hospitality in Kingston. The Film Office helps coordinate the permits needed for filming on City property and offers contact information for a number of Kingston sites. See a list of the movies that have filmed in Kingston, pictures of possible filming locations and download the Film Permit application from the Film office webpage.
City of Kingston Mayors Get A Facelift: Kingston City Hall mayoral portrait collection restored by conservation efforts
older than human life. Our lives, that blow through
brief as weather, on the surface of these streets,
these rock shelves,
this old mountain…"
– From the poem "Limestone" by Helen Humphreys, Kingston's