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Explore the links on this page for great ways to enjoy Kingston's history and historic places.

The City's strategic location – where the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui Rivers meet Lake Ontario – have made it an important location for Canada's first nations long before European settlers ever set foot here. History thrives here.  Kingston is often called "the limestone city" because of the many charming limestone buildings, many of which help tell the story of Canada. The City cherishes its history by making heritage conservation.

 The city is historically significant for a number of key reasons:

  • It's home to Fort Henry , Martello towers and other fortifications at the foot of the Rideau Canal – all comprising a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • It was an early stomping ground for Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister.
  • It was the First Capital of a United Canada.
  • Designed by famed architect, George Browne, its City Hall  is celebrated as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Canada.
  • The Culture Map of Kingston shows where to find public art, museums, places of worship, heritage properties and  historic sites.