|City of Kingston|
Kingston City Skyline from Fort Henry Hill
|Nickname(s): Limestone City|
|Motto: Antiquitate Civilitate Humanitate (Latin)
("A Civil And Creative Community With A Proud Past")
|Established||1673 (as Fort Cataraqui; later renamed Fort Frontenac)|
|Incorporated||1838 (as town); 1846 (as city)|
|Amalgamated||1998 (with Kingston and Pittsburgh Twps)|
|• City Mayor||Bryan Paterson|
|• Governing Body||Kingston City Council|
|• MP (Federal)||Ted Hsu (LPC)|
|• MPP (Provincial)||Sophie Kiwala (OLP)|
|• City (single-tier)||450.39 km2 (173.90 sq mi)|
|• Metro||1,906.82 km2 (736.23 sq mi)|
|Elevation||93 m m (230–360 ft)|
|• City (single-tier)||123,363|
|• Density||273.4/km2 (708/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||82.3/km2 (213/sq mi)|
|source: Statistics Canada|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC−4)|
|Postal code span||K7K through K7P|
|Area code(s)||613 343|
Growing European exploration in the 17th century and the desire for the Europeans to establish a presence close to local Native occupants to control trade led to the founding of a French trading post known as Fort Frontenac in 1673. The fort became a focus for settlement.
Located midway between Toronto and Montreal, Kingston was named the first capital of the Province of Canada on February 15, 1841, by Governor Lord Sydenham. While its time as a political centre was short, Kingston has remained an important military installation.
Kingston was the county seat of Frontenac County until 1998. Kingston is now a separated municipality from the County of Frontenac. According to the 2011 Canadian census, the population of the city proper was 123,363, while the population of the census metropolitan area (CMA) was 159,561.
Kingston is nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many heritage buildings constructed using local limestone.
- 1 History
- 2 Military history
- 3 Built heritage
- 4 Role in creation of Canada's flag
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Economy
- 7 Culture
- 8 Education
- 9 Correctional institutions and facilities
- 10 Geography and climate
- 11 Sports
- 12 Notable people
- 13 Media
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Early Aboriginal habitation
Archaeological evidence suggests that Native peoples lived in the Kingston region as early as the Archaic Period (about 9,000–3,000 years ago). Evidence of Late Woodland Period (about 1000–500 AD) early Iroquois occupation also exists.
Settlement by Native groups in the Kingston area began about 500 AD. The main Native group that occupied the area before the arrival of the French was probably the Huron, who were later displaced by Iroquoian groups. At the time the French arrived in the Kingston area, Five Nations Iroquois had settled along the north shore of Lake Ontario. Although the area around the south end of the Cataraqui River was often visited by Iroquois and other groups, Iroquois settlement at this location only began after the French established their outpost.
By 1700, the north shore Iroquois had moved south, and the area once occupied by the Iroquois (which includes Kingston) became occupied by the Mississaugas who had moved south from the Lake Huron and Lake Simcoe regions.
European commercial and military influence and activities centered on the fur trade developed and increased in North America in the 17th century. Fur trappers and traders were spreading out from their centres of operation in New France. French explorer Samuel de Champlain visited the Kingston area in 1615.
To establish a presence on Lake Ontario for the purpose of controlling the fur trade with local Natives, Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor of New France established Fort Cataraqui, later to be called Fort Frontenac, at a location known as Cataraqui (generally pronounced "kah-tah-ROCK-way") in 1673. The fort served as a trading post and military base, and attracted Native and European settlement until it was captured and destroyed by the British in the Battle of Fort Frontenac during the Seven Years' War in 1758.
In 1783, Frederick Haldimand, governor of the Province of Quebec directed Major Samuel Holland, Surveyor General, to examine the old French fort (Fort Frontenac) for its potential use as a military post and the surrounding area for its suitability for the settlement by Loyalists. The survey would also determine whether Cataraqui was suitable as a navy base since nearby Carleton Island on which a British navy base was located had been ceded to the Americans after the war. Holland's positive report mentioned that "every part surpassed the favorable idea I had formed of it", that it had "advantageous Situations" and that "the harbour is in every respect Good and most conveniently situated to command Lake Ontario". Major John Ross, commanding officer of the garrison at Oswego, was put in command of preparing the new post. The site of Fort Frontenac was partially restored, a military garrison and dockyard were established, the area was surveyed in detail, and a grist and saw mill were built.
Several Loyalists who had sought refuge on Carleton Island during the Revolutionary War and operated businesses on the island arrived at Cataraqui and resumed their businesses in the vicinity of the fort. Notable Loyalists who settled in the new community include Molly Brant (the sister of Six Nations leader Joseph Brant); businessman and political figure Richard Cartwright; a group of Loyalists led by Michael Grass who arrived in 1784, having sailed from New York and up the St. Lawrence River; John Stuart, a clergyman, missionary and educator who arrived in 1785; and militia captain Johan Jost Herkimer.
To facilitate settlement, the British Crown entered into an agreement with the Mississaugas in October 1783 to purchase land. This agreement, known as the Crawford Purchase, enabled settlement for much of the eastern section of the north shore of Lake Ontario.
Growth and economy in the 18th–19th centuries
During the War of 1812, Kingston was the base for the Lake Ontario division of the Great Lakes British naval fleet, which engaged in a vigorous arms race with the American fleet based at Sackets Harbor, New York for control of Lake Ontario. The Provincial Marine quickly placed ships into service and troops were brought in. Fortifications were built on Point Henry and Point Frederick. A picket wall was built to surround Kingston, and blockhouses and batteries were constructed.
In the 1840s, the Upper Canadian government built Fort Henry and a series of distinctive Martello towers to guard the entrance to the Rideau Canal. All still exist, and Fort Henry is a popular tourist attraction. The nearby village of Barriefield, overlooking the Cataraqui River was settled in the 1830s, and is now a well-preserved historical neighbourhood.
Kingston's location at the Rideau Canal entrance to Lake Ontario made it the primary military and economic centre of Upper Canada after canal construction was completed in 1832. Incorporated as a town in 1838, the first mayor of Kingston was Thomas Kirkpatrick. Kingston had the largest population of any centre in Upper Canada until the 1840s. Kingston was incorporated as a city in 1846.
Kingston Penitentiary, Canada's first large federal penitentiary, was established in 1835 and operated until 2013. Several more prisons were established in the greater Kingston area, including the federal Prison for Women (closed in the 1990s), Millhaven Penitentiary, Collins Bay, Frontenac, and Joyceville Institutions.
Kingston was chosen as the first capital of the united Canadas and served in that role from 1841 to 1844. The first meeting of the Parliament of the United Canadas on June 13, 1841, was held on the site of what is now Kingston General Hospital. The city was considered too small and lacking in amenities, however, and its location near the border made it vulnerable to American attack. Consequently, the capital was moved to Montreal in 1844, and it alternated between Quebec City and Toronto from 1849 until Ottawa was selected as the permanent capital by Queen Victoria. Subsequently, Kingston's growth slowed considerably and its national importance declined.
The Kingston General Hospital site also held the remains of 1,400 Irish immigrants who had died in Kingston in fever sheds along the waterfront, during the typhus epidemic of 1847, while fleeing the Great Famine. Their remains were re-interred at the city's St. Mary's Cemetery in 1966. In 1995, the hospital was designated a National Historic Site of Canada, because it is "the oldest public hospital in Canada still in operation with most of its buildings intact and thus effectively illustrates the evolution of health care in Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries."
Kingston was the home of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. One of his residences in Kingston, Bellevue House, is now a popular National Historic Site of Canada open to the public and depicting the house as it would have been in the 1840s when he lived there.
Growth and economy in the 19th–21st centuries
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Kingston was an important Great Lakes port, transshipment point, and a centre for shipbuilding and locomotive manufacturing, including the Canadian Locomotive Company, at one time the largest locomotive works in the British Empire.  Most heavy industry has left the city and their former sites are gradually being rehabilitated and redeveloped.
Kingston grew moderately through the 20th century through a series of annexations of lands in adjacent Kingston Township, including a 1952 annexation of some 5,500 acres (22 km2) which encompassed areas west to the Little Cataraqui Creek (including the village of Portsmouth), where a number of large residential subdivisions were built in the late 1950s and early '60s.
Kingston's economy gradually evolved from an industrial to an institutional base after World War II. Queen's University grew from about 2,000 students in the 1940s to its present size of over 20,000 students, more than 90 per cent of which are from outside the Kingston area. The Kingston campus of St. Lawrence College was established in 1967, and the college currently has over 4,000 students. Kingston is a regional health care centre, anchored by Kingston General Hospital and the medical school at Queen's. The city's economy is also dominated by post-secondary education, military institutions, and prison installations.
Municipal governance had been a topic of discussion since the mid-1970s due to financial imbalance between the city and the surrounding townships, which now had large residential areas and a population approaching that of the city proper. On January 1, 1998, the City was amalgamated with Kingston Township and Pittsburgh Township to form the new City of Kingston. The city's boundaries now encompass large rural areas north of Highway 401 and east of the Cataraqui River.
Cataraqui name origins
A number of origins of "Cataraqui", the original name for Kingston, have been postulated. One is that it is derived from the Iroquois "Katarakne" which means "the place where one hides". Another is that it is the French derivation of a Native word meaning "impregnable", "muddy river", or "place of retreat". Yet another possibility is that it is derived from "Katarakoui", which means "clay bank rising out of the water". The origin may also come from a Native term meaning "where the rivers and lake meet".
Cataraqui today refers to an area around the intersection of Princess Street and Sydenham Road, where a village which later took that name was located. Cataraqui is also the name of a municipal electoral district.
The Great Fire of 1840
In the early morning hours of April 18, 1840, a dock fire, fanned by high winds, spread to a warehouse containing between 70 and 100 kegs of gunpowder. The resulting explosion spread the fire throughout the city's downtown area, destroying a large number of buildings, including the old city hall. To prevent a similar incident from occurring in future, the city council voted that all new buildings built on city owned land would be built using limestone or brick to make them fire resistant. This rebuilding phase was referred to as "the Limestone Revolution", and earned the city the nickname "The Limestone City", a nickname that is still used by the city of Kingston today.
Kingston, being strategically located at the head of the St. Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Cataraqui River near the border with the United States, has been a site of military importance since Fort Frontenac was built in 1673. The French, and later, the British established military garrisons. The War of 1812 led to the bolstering of military troops, the servicing of ships, and the building of new fortifications to defend the town and the Naval Dockyard . Several defensive fortifications were constructed in the late 1840s because of tensions with the United States. These include Fort Henry, four Martello towers, and the Market Battery. Military ships were built at the Naval Dockyard at Point Frederick from 1788 to 1853.
After the British army withdrew from most locations in Canada in 1870–71, two batteries of garrison artillery were formed by the Dominion Government - one in Kingston; the other in Quebec City. The batteries were also schools of gunnery. The Kingston battery was garrisoned at Fort Henry and Tête du Pont Barracks (Fort Frontenac). Designated as the Regiment of Canadian Artillery, the regular component evolved into the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, with most of its battery housed at Tête du Pont Barracks until 1939.
The withdrawal of imperial troops required a Canadian location for the training of military officers. Because of Kingston's military tradition and the fact that several military buildings already existed at the old naval dockyard, Point Frederick was chosen as the location for Canada's first military college, the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). The college opened in 1876.
Located east of Kingston's downtown, the army's Camp Barriefield, now McNaughton Barracks, was constructed at the beginning of the World War I and expanded during the World War II. Camp Barriefield was named in honour of Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Barrie (May 5, 1774 – June 7, 1841), a British naval officer noted for his service in the War of 1812. It was later named McNaughton Barracks after Andrew George Latta McNaughton, a former minister of national defence. Nearby Vimy Barracks was established in 1937 for the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (later the Royal Canadian School of Signals). Vimy and McNaughton Barracks house the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE), the Canadian Forces' military communications training centre and several other units. McNaughton Barracks and Vimy Barracks make up most of Canadian Forces Base Kingston (CFB Kingston). Major military facilities supported by CFB Kingston include Fort Frontenac, located on the site of the original fort, and the Royal Military College of Canada.
Internment camps were set up at Fort Henry during the First and Second World Wars. During the First World war, a camp operated from August 1914 to November 1917. During the Second World War, a camp (Camp 31) operated from September 1939 to December 1943.
Kingston is known for its historic properties, as reflected in the city's motto of "where history and innovation thrive". Including World Heritage Sites, National Historic Sites, Provincially Significant sites, municipally designated heritage properties, and listed or non-designated heritage properties, the city has 1211 properties listed in the heritage register it maintains pursuant to the Ontario Heritage Act.
Role in creation of Canada's flag
|Canada 2006 Census||Population||% of Total Population|
|Visible minority group
|Other visible minority||150||0.1%|
|Mixed visible minority||210||0.2%|
|Total visible minority population||8,150||7.1%|
|Total Aboriginal population||2,360||2.1%|
According to the 2006 census, there were 152,358 people residing in the Kingston Census Metropolitan Area, of whom 48.7% were male and 51.3% were female. Children under five accounted for approximately 4.8% of the resident population of Kingston. This compares with 5.5% in Ontario.
In 2001, 14.1% of the resident population in Kingston were of retirement age (65 and over) compared with 13.2% in Canada. As a result, the average age is 38.1 years of age as compared to 37.6 years of age for all of Canada. Kingston has a reputation as a suitable place for retirees to settle.
In the five years between 1996 and 2001, the population of Kingston grew by 1.6%, compared with an increase of 6.1% for Ontario as a whole. Population density of Kingston averaged 77.0 inhabitants per square kilometre (199/sq mi), compared with an average of 12.6/km2 (33/sq mi) for Ontario altogether.
The population of Kingston shows significant turnover because of its relatively large student population (about 10%) and the number of military residents associated with Canadian Forces Base Kingston.
According to the Government of Canada 2006 census, 94.2% of the population were Caucasian; of the visible minorities, 1.7% were Chinese, 1.2% were South Asian, and 0.8% were black.
Detailed socio-demographic analysis and information about Kingston can be found in the Kingston Community Profile, 2009: A Socio-Demographic Analysis of Kingston, Ontario Canada.
In Kingston the largest group is non-religious, with 35,435 people, or 29.8% of the population. This is closely followed by Roman Catholics, who number 33,410 (28.1%). Other Christian groups included the United Church of Canada (15,520 or 13.0%), and the Anglican Church of Canada (12,340 or 10.5%). All Christian groups combined comprise 78,880 people, or 66.3% of the population.
Groups other than Christians and the non-religious include Muslims (1,735 or 1.5%), Jews (785 or 0.7%), and Hindus (520 or 0.4%).
The Presbyterian Church was particularly influential in the 19th century development of Kingston post-secondary education. The church was a founder and financial supporter of Queen's University until 1912 when it was agreed that the university should become a secular institution. Sir John A. Macdonald was also a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kingston.
Quality of life
Kingston was recognized as one of the "best places to live and work in Canada for young professionals". The city ranked # 4 on a list of 27 Canadian cities with a population of 100,000 or more in a study of the likes and dislikes of professionals between the ages of 20-40. The study, by Next Generation Consulting, considered factors such as: earning potential (things like employment opportunities and household incomes), cost of lifestyle (the cost of food, clothing and housing), vitality (air and water quality and green space) and after hours activities (things to do during week nights and on the weekend).
A persistently low rental housing vacancy rate has had a negative effect on housing affordability in Kingston for a number of years. Average two bedroom rents exceeded $1,000.00 per month by early 2013.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives published a report that ranked Canada's 25 largest cities on quality of life for women. Based on 2013 numbers, Kingston placed: 5th in Economic Security; 15th in Health; 22nd in Leadership; and 23rd in Security. Overall, the city was positioned in 17th place.
Kingston's economy relies heavily on public sector institutions and establishments. The most important sectors are related to health care, education (Queen's University, the Royal Military College of Canada, and St. Lawrence College), government (including the military and correctional services), tourism and culture. Manufacturing, and research and development play a smaller role than in the past. The private sector accounts for half of Kingston's employment. One of Kingston's major industrial employers of the 20th century, the Canadian Locomotive Company, closed in 1969, and the former Alcan and DuPont operations employ far fewer people than in the past. But due to the city's central location between Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Syracuse, NY a trucking and logistics warehousing industry has developed.
According to the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, the major employers in Kingston as of December 2014 were:
- Canadian Forces Base Kingston (includes the Royal Military College of Canada and military and civilian personnel) 9,642
- Queen's University 7,000
- Kingston General Hospital 4,119
- Limestone District School Board 3,100
- Correctional Service of Canada 2,348
- City of Kingston 1,286
- Providence Care 1,175
- Hotel Dieu Hospital 900
- Invista Canada (formerly DuPont): 800
- StarTek Canada 690
- Calian Technologies 600
- Empire Life Insurance Company 600
- Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care 569
- Ongwanada 500
- J.E. Agnew Food Services Ltd. (operates several Tim Hortons stores) 490
- Bell Canada 415
- Novelis Works Manufacturing (formerly Alcan) (Rolled Products and R&D Centre) 270
- Tim Horton's Inc. Distribution Centre 259
- Commissionaires Canada 250
- Assurant Solutions 180
Highway 401, which runs in the north part of the city, is the principal access route into Kingston. The first sections of the highway in the Kingston area were opened in 1958, although it was not fully completed for another ten years. Highway 15 is an alternative route between Kingston and the Ottawa region. From the south, Interstate 81 connects with Highway 401 east of Kingston.
Megabus (Coach Canada) and Greyhound Canada provide service from the Kingston Bus Terminal to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. A Toronto Pearson Airport shuttle is also operated from Kingston via Belleville and Port Hope. Shuttle Kingston was reported in 2013 to connect to Watertown and Syracuse.
Kingston Transit provides local municipal bus service.
According to Statistics Canada, the tourism industry in Kingston represents a vital part of the city's economy. In 2004, over 3,500 jobs were contributed to Kingston's economy due to the tourism industry. The tourism industry has been at a healthy growth rate and has become one of the most performing sectors of Kingston. Unique opportunities are presented for this industry in this time of shifting travel trends and the baby boomer generation. The success of Kingston's tourism industry is heavily dependent on information about travelers, however data availability still remains a challenge.
Kingston has launched several tourism campaigns including: Downtown Kingston!, and Yellow Door. The city launched a campaign to attract more traffic to downtown Kingston. The campaigns mission statement promises, “to promote downtown Kingston as the vibrant and healthy commercial, retail, residential, and entertainment centre of our region, attracting more people to live, shop, work and gather”. The downtown area of Kingston is known as the central business district, and is the gathering place for various events including: the Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, FebFest, the 1000 Islands Poker Run and The Limestone City Blues Festival.
Alternatively, Yellow Door promotes tourism to the entire city. The goal of the campaign is to increase the consumer’s exposure to Kingston tourism, while remaining financially reasonable. A yellow door was used as a metaphor for Kingston – and the good times people have – and used street workers to gather potential tourists from nearby Toronto and Ottawa. "Yellow Door" promotes interest by offering potential tourists a trip to Kingston. In 2013, Yellow Door received the Tourism Advertising Award of Excellence for the marketing and promotion of an Ontario tourism product.
Kingston hosts several festivals during the year, including the Kingston WritersFest, Limestone City Blues Festival, the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Artfest, the Kingston Buskers' Rendezvous, Kingston Jazz Festival, Reelout Film Festival, Feb Fest and the Wolfe Island Music Festival.
Kingston is home to many artists who work in visual arts, media arts, literature, and a growing number who work in other time-based disciplines such as performance art. The contemporary arts scene in particular has two long standing professional non-profit venues in the downtown area, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (founded 1957), and Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (founded 1977). Local artists often participate in the exhibition programming of each organization, while each also presents the work of artists from across Canada and around the world - inkeeping with their educational mandates. Alternative venues for the presentation of exhibition programs in Kingston include The Union Gallery (Queen's University's student art gallery), Verb Gallery, Open Studio 22, the Kingston Arts Council gallery, and The Artel: Arts Accommodations and Venue.
The Kingston WritersFest occurs annually. For over four decades the Ukrainian Canadian Club of Kingston has hosted the "Lviv, Ukraine" pavilion as part of the Folklore tradition, holding this popular cultural and folk festival annually on the second full weekend in June (at Regiopolis-Notre Dame High School). Literary events also happen throughout the year at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library and local bookstores. Writers who are or have been residents of Kingston include Steven Heighton, Bronwen Wallace, Helen Humphreys, Michael Ondaatje, Diane Schoemperlen, Michael Crummey, Mark Sinnett, Mary Alice Downie, Robertson Davies, Wayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds, Alec Ross, Jamie Swift and Carolyn Smart.
Music and theatre venues include The Grand Theatre, and The Wellington Street Theatre, which host performances from international, national, and local groups like Domino Theatre, Theatre Kingston, The Vagabond Repertory Theatre Company, Hope Theatre Projects, Bottle Tree Productions, and other small groups that dot the downtown area. The Kingston Symphony performs at The Grand Theatre, as do several amateur and semi-professional theatre groups. The K-Rock Centre, a 5,800-seat entertainment venue and ice rink, opened in February 2008.
The city has spawned several musicians and musical groups, most of whom are known mainly within Canada, but a few of whom have achieved international success. These include John Kay, lead singer, harmonica and organ player, and occasional guitarist of the heavy metal late 60s/early 70s band Steppenwolf, members of The Tragically Hip, The Mahones, jazz singer Andy Poole, Bedouin Soundclash, Sarah Harmer, The Arrogant Worms, The Headstones, The Inbreds, PS I Love You and members of Moist, including singer David Usher.
Comedian and actor Dan Aykroyd has a residence just north of Kingston and is a frequent face in town. He was briefly a minor partner in a restaurant called Aykroyd's Ghetto House Café on upper Princess Street during the 1990s which prominently featured a Blues Brothers' car projecting out from the second story wall.
Kingston is the site of two universities, Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada, and a community college, St. Lawrence College. According to Statistics Canada, Kingston has the most PhD-holders per capita of any city in Canada.
Queen's University is one of Canada's oldest universities and offers a variety of degree programs. The university was founded in 1841 under royal charter from Queen Victoria. It currently has an enrollment of nearly 25,000 students. Queen's Main Campus is rather self-contained, but is in close walking distance to downtown Kingston, making it a pedestrian friendly university for students and faculty alike.
Royal Military College of Canada
The Royal Military College of Canada, established in 1876, is Canada's only military university (Collège Militaire Royal in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec is a military college), providing academic and leadership training to officer cadets, other members of Canada's armed forces and civilians. There are currently 1,100 undergraduate students and 500 full and part-time graduate students.
St. Lawrence College
St. Lawrence College offers baccalaureate degree programs at its Kingston campus, in behavioural psychology, industrial trades, microelectronics, nursing and business administration (the latter via a partnership with Laurentian University), in addition to certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma programs.
Primary and secondary education
The Limestone District School Board serves students in the City of Kingston and the counties of Frontenac and Lennox and Addington. Along with the Limestone School of Community Education, which provides adult education and training programs, approximately 21,000 students attend 70 elementary and secondary schools along with supporting education centres. The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board serves students of the Roman Catholic faith. Approximately 12,800 students attend 36 elementary schools and 5 secondary schools in this district. The Catholic high schools in the immediate Kingston area include Regiopolis Notre-Dame and Holy Cross Catholic High Schools. The francophone community is served by two school boards, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, each providing one secondary school in the area.
Secondary schools located in Kingston:
- Bayridge Secondary School
- École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier
- École secondaire publique Mille-Îles
- Frontenac Secondary School
- Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
- Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute
- La Salle Secondary School
- Leahurst College High School
- Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute
- Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute
- Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School
Correctional institutions and facilities
Kingston has the largest concentration of federal correctional facilities in Canada. The facilities are operated by the Correctional Service of Canada. Of the nine institutions located in the Kingston area, seven of them are located within the municipal boundaries of the city.
- Regional Treatment Centre (multi-level security), co-located within Kingston Penitentiary
- Joyceville Institution (medium security)
- Pittsburgh Institution (minimum security), co-located with Joyceville
- Collins Bay Institution (medium security)
- Frontenac Institution (minimum security), co-located with Collins Bay
- Millhaven Institution (maximum security), and Bath Institution (medium security), are located in the nearby village of Bath.
Until 2000, Canada's only federal correctional facility for women, the Prison for Women (nicknamed "P4W") was also located in Kingston. As a result of the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, the facility was closed in 2000. Queen's University purchased the property with the intention of renovating it to house the Queen's Archives, but the interior of the building was awarded a heritage designation and Queen's lost the ability to renovate the interior and is currently considering its options.
In September 2013, after almost 180 years of housing prisoners, Kingston Penitentiary closed. The maximum security prison was named a National Historic Site of Canada in February 1990 due to its history and reputation. In its year early years, the prison had a vital role in constructing the city. The prison brought prosperity to Kingston, and along with eight other prisons being built in the area, helped create an impressive local economy.
Geography and climate
Kingston is located in hardiness zone 5. Kingston has a moderate humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb), but with cooler summers and colder winters than most of Southern Ontario. Although proximity to Lake Ontario has a moderating effect on the climate, it also tempers the heat and can on occasion increase precipitation, especially during heavy snowfall events. Mild to strong breezes off of Lake Ontario make Kingston one of the most consistently windy cities in Canada, especially near the water.
The central part of the city is located between the Cataraqui River to the east and the Little Cataraqui Creek to the west, with outlying areas extending in both directions. The eastern part of the city is accessible by the La Salle Causeway on Highway 2.
Major features of Kingston's waterfront include Flora MacDonald Confederation Basin, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Collins Bay, Wolfe Island, Garden Island, the Cataraqui River (including the Inner Harbour and, within that, Anglin Bay).
|Climate data for Kingston/Norman Rogers Airport (1981−2010)|
|Record high humidex||14.7||14.4||23.8||32.6||38.8||38.2||42.5||44.7||40.0||31.6||22.7||18.1||44.7|
|Record high °C (°F)||13.5
|Average high °C (°F)||−3.1
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−7.6
|Average low °C (°F)||−12
|Record low °C (°F)||−34.5
|Record low wind chill||−45.1||−43.3||−37.3||−22.8||−7.8||0.0||0.0||0.0||−4.6||−12.9||−24.2||−42.4||−45.1|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||65.2
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||29.2
|Average snowfall cm (inches)||39.5
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)||16.1||13.9||12.8||13.5||12.9||11.4||9.3||11.1||12.3||13.7||16.2||15.8||159.1|
|Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm)||5.4||5.1||8.2||11.9||12.9||11.4||9.3||11.1||12.3||13.6||14.0||8.1||123.4|
|Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm)||13.2||11.1||7.3||2.6||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.40||4.3||11.5||50.4|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||93.2||113.1||144.2||161.8||218.0||243.7||279.3||238.7||164.4||139.7||89.5||73.1||1,958.8|
|Percent possible sunshine||32.4||38.5||39.1||40.2||47.7||52.6||56.5||55.0||43.7||40.9||30.9||26.4||42.2|
|Source: Environment Canada|
Cities and towns nearby
Tweed 89.6 km (55.7 mi)
Tamworth 55.7 km (34.6 mi)
Enterprise 50.2 km (31.2 mi)
Elginburg 10 km (6 mi)
Sydenham 20 km (12 mi)
Westport 50 km (31 mi)
Sharbot Lake 65 km (40 mi)
Ottawa 150 km (93 mi)
Brockville 75 km (47 mi)
Amherstview 12 km (7 mi)
Odessa 14 km (9 mi)
Bath 23 km (14 mi)
Greater Napanee 37 km (23 mi)
Belleville 70 km (43 mi)
Howe Island 12 km (7 mi)
Gananoque 28 km (17 mi)
Clayton, New York 32 km (20 mi)
Alexandria Bay, New York 47 km (29 mi)
|Amherst Island 11 km (7 mi)
Picton 58 km (36 mi)
Prince Edward County
Syracuse, New York 134 km (83 mi)
|Wolfe Island 5 km (3 mi)
Cape Vincent (village), New York 16 km (10 mi)
Watertown, New York 53 km (33 mi)
Jefferson County, New York
Major parks and features nearby
Adirondack Park, New York
Although contested, Kingston lays claim to being the birthplace of ice hockey. This is supported by a journal entry of a British Army officer in Kingston in 1843. He wrote "Began to skate this year, improved quickly and had great fun at hockey on the ice.". Kingston is also home to the oldest continuing hockey rivalry in the world by virtue of a game played in 1886 on the frozen Kingston harbour between Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada. To mark this event, the city hosts an annual game between the two institutions, played on a cleared patch of frozen lake with both teams wearing period-correct uniforms and using rules from that era. The two schools also contest the annual Carr-Harris Cup, named for Lorne Carr-Harris, under modern competitive conditions to commemorate and continue their rivalry.
The Memorial Cup, which serves as the annual championship event for the Canadian Hockey League, began in 1919 on the initiative of Kingstonian James T. Sutherland. The first championship was held in Kingston. Sutherland, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, also helped establish the annual exhibition game between the Royal Military College of Canada and the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1923.
Kingston is represented in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) by the Kingston Frontenacs, and in Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) by the Kingston Voyageurs. The Frontenacs General Manager is Kingston native Doug Gilmour.
The International Hockey Hall of Fame, was established in September 1943 with a building constructed in 1965. The original building was located near the Kingston Memorial Centre (which was opened in 1950), but has since been relocated to Kingston's west end at the Invista Centre. The International Hockey Hall of Fame, founded by the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, is the oldest sports hall of fame in Canada. The museum’s collection is home to various items that pay homage to Kingston’s role in the history of hockey in Canada. These include: the original square hockey puck from the first Queens University vs. the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) game in 1886, hockey’s oldest jersey worn by a Queen’s student in 1894, and Canada’s first Olympic gold medal from 1924, among others.
New to the city is the K-Rock Centre, located in the downtown core. The arena opened in February 2008, and serves as home ice for the Frontenacs. The Voyageurs play at the new Invista Centre, located in the city's west end. Many notable hockey people, National Hockey League (NHL), World Hockey Association (WHA), and other players, coaches and personalities have been associated with Kingston including:
- Bryan Allen
- Syl Apps
- Scott Arniel
- Sean Avery
- Kip Brennan
- Wayne Cashman
- Don Cherry
- Chris Clifford
- Paul Coffey
- Bill Cook
- Bun Cook
- Matt Cooke
- Bob Dailey
- Ted Darling
- Rob Davison
- Jim Dorey
- Wally Elmer
- John Erskine
- Lorne Ferguson
- Doug Gilmour
- Mike Gillis
- Josh Godfrey
- Taylor Hall
- Jayna Hefford
- David Ling
- Ken Linseman
- Gary MacGregor
- Gus Marker
- Jay McClement
- Jay McKee
- Tony McKegney
- Mike Moffatt
- Kirk Muller
- Bob Murray
- Bernie Nicholls
- Fred O'Donnell
- Rick Paterson
- Andrew Raycroft
- Craig Rivet
- Harry Sinden
- Mike Smith
- Rick Smith
- James T. Sutherland
- Andy Sutton
- John Tripp
- James "Flat" Walsh
- Ron Plumb
Kingston Clippers Soccer Club compete in the men's division of the semi-professional League1 Ontario. League and L1O Cup matches are played from May through October at the St. Lawrence College South Main Field.
The city is represented in the Canadian Soccer League by Kingston FC. They have both First and Reserve Division teams and have been playing in the CSL since 2012. The team currently plays home games at Queen's University's West Campus Turf Field.
The city is famous for its fresh-water sailing, and hosted the sailing events for the 1976 Summer Olympics. CORK — Canadian Olympic-training Regatta, Kingston — now hosted by CORK/Sail Kingston Inc. is still held every August. Since 1972, Kingston has hosted more than 40 World and Olympic sailing championships. Kingston is listed by a panel of experts among the best yacht racing venues in the USA, even though Kingston is, of course, in Canada.
Kingston is also home to the youth sail training ship called the St. Lawrence II.
During the summers, the RMC campus in Kingston plays host to a Royal Canadian Sea Cadets camp called HMCS Ontario, which provides sail training along with lots of other training to youth from across Canada. The Kingston Yacht Club located in downtown Kingston has a learn to sail program for both children and adults.
Kingston is a well-known destination for fresh-water wreck diving. Some of Kingston's wrecks can be classed among the best fresh water wrecks in the world. Kingston's shipwrecks are well preserved by its cool fresh water, and the recent zebra mussel invasion has caused a dramatic improvement in water clarity that has enhanced the quality of diving in the area.
The Kingston area has eight golf courses, two of which are entirely public. The Kingston Golf Club, established in 1884, was a founding member of the Royal Canadian Golf Association in 1895; however, this club ceased operating in the mid-1920s. The first winner of the Canadian Amateur Championship that same year was Kingstonian Thomas Harley, a Scottish immigrant carpenter. Richard H. (Dick) Green, who immigrated to the area from England in the late 1920s, was the longtime club professional for nearly 40 years at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club (founded in 1917 and redesigned by Stanley Thompson in 1930). Green also helped design several courses in eastern Ontario, including Smiths Falls (1949), Glen Lawrence (1955), Rideau Lakes (1961), Amherstview (1971), Garrison (1971), Evergreen (1972), Belle Park Fairways (1975), Rivendell (1979), and Colonnade (1984). Matt McQuillan, a professional player on the PGA Tour for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was born and raised in Kingston, and developed his game at the Garrison Golf and Curling Club. McQuillan won the 2005 Telus Edmonton Open on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour.
Three curling clubs are located in the Kingston area: the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club, Garrison Golf & Curling Club, and the Royal Kingston Curling Club. The Royal Kingston Curling Club (RKCC) was founded in 1820, and was granted Royal patronage in 1993. In 2006, the RKCC moved to a new facility at 130 Days Road, to make way for the construction of a new complex at Queen's University, the Queen's Centre.
The Kingston Panthers Rugby Football Club (KPRFC) was founded in 1959, and from that moment onward has established a reputation as a strong community player. KPRFC is a non-profit organization answering directly to the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union (EORU), the Ontario Rugby Union (ORU), and Rugby Canada (RC). The Kingston Panthers R.F.C, recently celebrated their fortieth anniversary with an EORU championship in the Division 1 championship game at Twin Elm Rugby Park in Ottawa, Ontario.
The earliest known incarnation of an organized football team in Kingston is the Kingston Granites which played in the predecessor league to the Canadian Football League, the Ontario Rugby Football Union, (ORFU). The team played for four seasons between 1898 and 1901 winning 1 ORFU title in 1899 defeating the Ottawa Rough Riders 8-0. Kingston also hosted the 10th Grey Cup on December 2, 1922. The Limestone Grenadiers now represent Kingston and the surrounding area in the OVFL. The Club franchise catchment area draws players from Frontenac, Hastings, Lanark, Leeds, Lennox and Prince Edward counties. League play runs from late May through August. The Junior and Varsity teams' main schedule pits the Grenadiers against eastern Ontario opponents and cross-over games with western Ontario teams leading to a provincial title championship game. Many notable football people, CFL, NFL players, coaches and personalities have been associated with Kingston including:
This is a list of notable people who were born in or have resided in Kingston. This list does not include notable sports players; such people are listed in the sports section.
- Bill Welychka
- John and James Abrams (The Abrams Brothers)
- Bryan Adams
- Grant Allen
- Edgar Benson
- Leonard Birchall
- Molly Brant
- Bruce Cockburn
- Helen Cooper
- Thomas Cromwell
- William Rupert Davies
- Hugh Dillon
- Gordon Downie
- John Frizzell
- John Gerretsen
- Sarah Harmer
- James Edwin Hawley
- Steven Heighton
- Ted Hsu
- Helen Humphreys
- George Macaulay Kirkpatrick
- Hugh Le Caine
- Evan MacColl
- Flora MacDonald
- John A. Macdonald
- Ryan Malcolm
- John Matheson
- Tom Marshall
- Christopher McCreery
- Bruce McDonald
- Matt McQuillan
- Ari Millen
- Peter Milliken
- Gordon Monahan
- Oliver Mowat
- Marjan Mozetich
- Robert Mundell
- Elon Musk
- Michael Ondaatje
- Keith Norton
- Arthur Edward Potts
- Dwight Ross
- Patricia Rozema
- Chris St. Clair
- Hugh Segal
- Polly Shannon
- Peter Short
- Gord Sinclair
- Carolyn Smart
- George F.G. Stanley
- Judith Thompson
- David Usher
- Ken Watkin
- Simon Whitfield
- Gary Wilson
- Zal Yanovsky
- List of sister cities in Canada
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