The historic city of Kingston, Ontario, midway between Toronto and Montréal, was always of strategic importance due to its location where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario and the Rideau Canal. It was also the first capital of a united Canada and home to the first Canadian Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Kingston is home to the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ontario, a range of cultural and historic attractions and, of course, Queen's University.
I graduated from the Faculty of Law at Queen's University but had only been back to the city once since graduation and that was when my daughter, Katie, was four years old. She's now in 12th grade and in the process of applying to universities so the two of us headed to Kingston last weekend to tour campus. It was a brief visit - less than 24 hours - but I was able to capture a few Instagram photos of our trip.
We decided that it would be easier to take the train than drive to Kingston. An express Via Rail train from Union Station in Toronto takes about 2 hours and is a comfortable way to travel but best of all - there's free WIFI on the trains. My first photo is of Katie waiting at Union Station for the train to Kingston.
We checked into the Marriott Residence Inn and our room on the 10th floor had this lovely view of Lake Ontario
One of the things that I always loved about Kingston were the historic Martello Towers. These squat, round towers were built to defend Kingston in the 19th century and are now part of the Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications World Heritage Site.
Kingston City Hall is a National Historic Site that was designed by architect, George Browne, and completed in 1844. The historic building still functions as an administrative building and is toured by thousands of people each year. In 1891, Sir John A. Macdonald's body lay in state here.
This is a view of City Hall from Confederation Park.
Queen's University was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841 and is one of Canada's oldest degree-granting institutions. Queen's is a mid-sized university on a beautiful campus situated on the shores of Lake Ontario with many historic limestone buildings. The best-known landmark on campus is this tall limestone clock tower of Grant Hall which was built in 1905.
As the years have passed, I had forgotten how much I loved living in Kingston - now I can't wait to return!
The official website for Kingston Tourism is a great source of information for anyone planning a visit.
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