Kingston is a city located in the southeastern region of the Canadian province of Ontario. It occupies an area of around 1,900 square kilometers and has a population of roughly 160,000 people.
Due to many of the heritage buildings being made out of limestone that was extracted locally, Kingston is also known as the Limestone City. According to Canadian history, the first settlement in this city was founded as early as 500 BCE by the Aboriginal tribes Wendat and Haudenosaunee.
The main providers of jobs in Kingston are military, academia, healthcare, and education. It is also a transportation hub due to its close proximity to Highway 401, Highway 15, and Interstate 81. Major cities such as Montreal, Ottawa are only an hour or two away from Kingston. This provides ample business for several train, ferry, and bus services.
In the past decade, tourism has become a surprisingly strong contributor to the economic well-being of Kingston. Efforts have been made to reach out to younger tourists and potential residents by promoting the downtown district as an attractive hub for employment, entertainment, and shopping.
Other initiatives have aimed to promote tourism in the entirety of Kingston, focusing on its heritage and rich history as a Canadian city that has been around for several centuries.
Nickname(s): "Limestone City"
City: 450.39 km2
In terms of tourism, much of it stems from historical museums and preservation of certain structures.
For those who are into Canada’s military history, the Royal Military College presents visitors with an in-depth look into how the military can to be, along with a live demonstration of soldiers that are currently standing on guard.
There are several cathedrals and military monuments that each represent a certain time period or significant event in Canadian history. See if you can visit them all!
One of the things that everybody recommends visitors to partake in is the Thousand Island Cruise. It is a three-hour boat trip that takes passengers across the St. Lawrence river and around the Thousand Islands situated within it.
The sights are something that can’t be missed and you’ll learn plenty of fun facts about the river itself. Outside of this, there are several small districts in the city that are made for casual shopping and eating. If you manage to time your visit right, you can catch one of the many annual arts and music festivals that are held in Kingston.
Officially, Kingston is comprised of 45 different neighbourhoods, each of them varying significantly in land area covered and population count. For the sake of simplicity, Kingston is divided into two parts: Western Kingston and Eastern Kingston. This is based on the fact that the entirety of Kingston is split into two halves by Lake Ontario, Colonel By Lake, and the Rideau Canal itself.
East Kingston, on the other hand, is only made up of seven neighbourhoods: Joyceville, Brewers Mills, Ravensview, Kingston Mills, St. Lawrence, Greenwood, Cataraqui River East and CFB Kingston.
In contrast to West Kingston, these neighbourhoods are far greater in land area occupied, but much lower in terms of population count. You can expect to find farms, local outdoor markets, and golf courses here. Many people like this area simply because of the peace and quiet it affords them.
The majority of neighbourhoods in Kingston are within the western region. Neighbourhoods in this area include Queens, Portsmouth, Reddendale, Alvington, and Kingscourt.
These neighbourhoods are very small in terms of land area yet densely populated.
As the downtown area is situated in West Kingston, all of the main shopping districts and tourism are also here.
The nightlife is very attractive for those in the 18-35 age bracket who can’t get enough of the best in entertainment that the city has to offer.
Seeing that West Kingston contains a large majority of the city’s employment centers and major amenities, it is of no surprise that there is a high concentration of low-rise and high-rise condos.
Queen’s University is also located within this region, which means that you are going to see a large number of apartments available for rent to students who have low spending budgets.
Fortunately for small and large families, there are a number of neighbourhoods that offer semi-detached townhomes and fully detached traditional homes at affordable prices. This makes West Kingston an attractive option for those who want close access to employment without having to deal with the noisy atmosphere of the downtown district.
East Kingston is quite varied in the homes that is has to offer. Most of the homes are fully detached residential properties, bungalows, and large-scale mansions that are quite close in proximity to one another. These properties occupy several thousand square feet in terms of the house and the land area itself.
Common features include multiple beds and bedrooms, multi-car parking garages, outdoor pools, and indoor recreational facilities for the larger homes that have the space to contain them. On the other hand, some of the homes are rather small in regards to price and land area occupied. You will notice that the neighbourhoods in this eastern region of Kingston are attractive to families of all income brackets.
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The following table, based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA’s) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Ontario and Canadian centers.
Kingston is home to three post-secondary institutions. Queen’s University, one of the oldest universities in Canada, is considered to be a leader in cutting-edge research within the fields of science and healthcare.
The Royal Military College of Canada is the only military university that exists within Canada. This is where prospective military members go to train and educate themselves in the hopes of joining Canada’s armed forces.
Finally, St. Lawrence College offers students the chance to learn more about industrial trades, healthcare administration, and applied psychology. Kingston boasts an impressive number of elementary schools (K-8): 23 Anglophone public schools, 36 Anglophone Catholic schools, 17 Francophone public schools, and 41 Francophone Catholic schools. Some of the top-ranked schools in terms of academic performance include Winston Churchill, John XXIII, and Lancaster Drive.