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Welcome to Kingston

Where the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui Rivers meet Lake Ontario lies Eastern Ontario’s best-kept secret, the charming and historic city of Kingston. First established in 1673, Kingston is also known as “The Limestone City” thanks to its numerous historical buildings crafted from local limestone.

Neighbourhood characteristics

Pet Friendly

Vibrant

Historic

Unique Boutiques

Green Spaces

Upscale

Water Views

Nightlife

Downtown

Family Friendly

Early to Bed

Industry Hub

Tranquil

Plenty of Pubs

Student Friendly

Beach Nearby

Fun facts

  • From 1841 to 1844, Kingston served as the first capital city of Canada.

  • Sir John A MacDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, rests at the Bellevue House National Historic Site, one of Kingston’s top tourist attractions.

  • The Kingston Public Market, founded in 1801, is the oldest public market in Ontario. It is one of the 21 different Canadian National Historic Sites found in Kingston.

  • Famous musical Kingstonians include The Headstones, The Glorious Sons, and Bryan Adams. Kingston’s most famous alumni, The Tragically Hip, even have a street in the city named after them.

  • Founded in 1673, Kingston is the third oldest city in Canada.

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What to expect

This university town has plenty to tempt you to stay, including scenic natural surroundings, a strong and diversified economy, and a world-class entertainment scene.

What not to expect

The multiculturalism and diversity found in other, larger metropolitan areas.


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Kingston

Charming and historic, Kingston is one of Eastern Ontario’s best-kept secrets.

Where the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui Rivers meet Lake Ontario lies Eastern Ontario’s best-kept secret, the charming and historic city of Kingston. First established in 1673, Kingston is also known as “The Limestone City” thanks to its numerous historical buildings crafted from local limestone. With a small population of under 170 000, many of which are students of Kingston’s world-class educational facilities, it would be easy to label the city as nothing more than a sleepy student town. However, with year-round festivals, stunning architecture, beautiful outdoor recreation opportunities, and a vibrant arts scene, living in Kingston is anything but boring!

Kingston enjoys its reputation as a “smart city”, and its workforce does indeed have one of the highest percentages of PhDs and advanced degrees in Canada. Kingston’s three post-secondary institutions, Queen’s University, the Royal Military College of Canada, and St. Lawrence College, continually attract students from Canada and the world for their world-class programs. With a thriving and balanced economy including all levels of government, the military, warehousing and logistics, advanced technology, and tourism, it’s no surprise that thousands of graduates choose to settle permanently in Kingston!


Its prime location at the mouth of the St. Lawrence waterway means Kingston has always been a city of political and military importance, and this proud military tradition continues today at the Canadian Forces Base located within the city. Kingston’s prime location on Lake Ontario provides residents with excellent sailing and boating waters; as the host of the sailing events of the 1976 Summer Olympics, Kingston regularly ranks as one of the best boating cities in North America. During the warm summers, tourists flock to Kingston’s scenic waterways such as Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the famed Thousand Islands, which are a part of the Thousand Islands National Park.

While Kingstonians (residents of Kingston) enjoy gorgeous natural scenery, they are also proud of their city’s vibrant and diverse culinary, artistic, and musical scene. Kingston hosts a variety of festivals celebrating its artistic community throughout the year, including film, music, visual arts, theatre, and cultural celebrations such as Día de Los Muertos. Kingston is also home to a thriving musical scene, and its downtown is regularly filled with locals on the hunt for the next great hometown band.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

This university town has plenty to tempt you to stay, including scenic natural surroundings, a strong and diversified economy, and a world-class entertainment scene.

With a small population of under 170 000, many of which are students of Kingston’s world-class educational facilities, it would be easy to label the city as nothing more than a sleepy student town. However, with year-round festivals, stunning architecture, beautiful outdoor recreation opportunities, and a vibrant arts scene, living in Kingston is anything but boring!

WHAT NOT TO EXPECT:

The multiculturalism and diversity found in other, larger metropolitan areas.

While the population demographics are slowly changing, Kingston is not as multicultural as other Canadian cities like Toronto or Vancouver.

THE MARKET:

Kingston offers a blend of affordable single family detached, semi detached, and row houses.

Thanks to the large student population, rental housing is plentiful, however competition can be fierce during August/September and April/May.

UNEXPECTED APPEAL:

Located at the mouth of the St. Lawrence river, Kingstonians love to get on the water.

Kingston’s prime location on Lake Ontario provides residents with excellent sailing and boating waters; as the host of the sailing events of the 1976 Summer Olympics, Kingston regularly ranks as one of the best boating cities in North America. During the warm summers, tourists flock to Kingston’s scenic waterways such as Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the famed Thousand Islands, which are a part of the Thousand Islands National Park.

THE LIFESTYLE:

Kingston’s vibrant downtown hosts a variety of festivals and celebrations year round.

While Kingstonians (residents of Kingston) enjoy gorgeous natural scenery, they are also proud of their city’s vibrant and diverse culinary, artistic, and musical scene. Kingston hosts a variety of festivals celebrating its artistic community throughout the year, including film, music, visual arts, theatre, and cultural celebrations such as Día de Los Muertos. Kingston is also home to a thriving musical scene, and its downtown is regularly filled with locals on the hunt for the next great hometown band.

YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:

Kingston’s educational institutions attract the best and brightest from across Canada and the globe.

Kingston enjoys its reputation as a “smart city”, and its workforce does indeed have one of the highest percentages of PhDs and advanced degrees in Canada. Kingston’s three post-secondary institutions, Queen’s University, the Royal Military College of Canada, and St. Lawrence College, continually attract students from Canada and the world for their world-class programs. With a thriving and balanced economy including all levels of government, the military, warehousing and logistics, advanced technology, and tourism, it’s no surprise that thousands of graduates choose to settle permanently in Kingston!


THE NEIGHBOURS:

In this highly educated city, you’ll live amongst military professionals, students and researchers, and retirees enjoying the good life.

Its prime location at the mouth of the St. Lawrence waterway means Kingston has always been a city of political and military importance, and this proud military tradition continues today at the Canadian Forces Base located within the city. Kingston also boasts a diverse economy strong in tourism, logistics, warehousing, and technology sectors.

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Kingston contains 0 districts and 45 neighbourhoods , each with their own unique character. Whether you prefer a trendy urban centre or a peaceful suburb, Homicity can help you find your dream home. Explore the various neighbourhoods in Kingston to find the one that’s perfect for you.

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