Equi-distant from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario and the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) – Kingston is a stunning, historic city that consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it's been named one of the top seven most intelligent communities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).
Kingston's 123,363 community-minded citizens enjoy an outstanding quality-of-life enhanced by superb intellectual, recreational and creative opportunities and supported by excellent health care facilities and municipal services, programs and facilities. Kingston is home to:
- Queen's University, the Royal Military College of Canada and St. Lawrence College (we have the most PhD graduates per capita and the "smartest" workforce in Canada).
- Fort Henry and the Kingston Fortifications (part of the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage site).
- The resting-place of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister.
- Vibrant arts, entertainment, recreation and leisure communities.
- Festivals! Events! Attractions! See the Tourism Kingston site to find out more.
- Burgeoning green technologies and alternative energy sectors. We were the first Canadian City to adopt a protocol for sustainable energy procurement.
- The best freshwater sailing harbour in North America (we hosted 1976 Olympic sailing events)
- A healthy and bustling downtown core offering a variety of independent shops and superb restaurants.
- Beautiful parks, trails and strolls steeped in history free for everyone's active enjoyment.
The City also boasts an AA Standard & Poor's financial rating and engaged City employees committed to embracing sustainable practices and encouraging their adoption by the entire community.
"Where history and innovation thrive."
– Kingston's motto.