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About Kingston

Welcome newcomers! You can use this section to explore the history and location of Kingston and other important features of your new Canadian home. You will learn about its founding by a French nobleman, its role as one of Canada's first capital cities and the recent designation of historic Fort Henry, Rideau Canal and Kingston fortifications as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, Kingston is close to three large cities, including Canada's capital of Ottawa (see National Capital Region), but enjoys the benefits of a smaller municipality. Many Kingston residents take advantage of the city's modest size by walking or biking to work. The city's size is one of many unique features that make it a special place to live, work and raise a family.

The following sections have detailed information about various aspects of life in Kingston:

Newcomers can also learn about life in Kingston, including special events and festivals, from online community calendars. By browsing these calendars, you can track the sports, arts and entertainment activities available in Kingston. You can use the community directory to find local organizations, government offices, and educational institutions that provide important services to all Kingston residents.

For More Information

Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP)
The KIP aims to bring people and organizations together to create a Kingston where newcomers can successfully build their new lives as full members of the community. A yearly survey (in English) of immigrants to Kingston is held every fall to encourage newcomers to share their experiences of settling in Kingston.

KIP “Call Kingston Home” Movies
A collection of 4 videos by the Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) highlighting the success stories of immigrants who have chosen to call Kingston home. These individuals—a real estate agent, a college student, a university professor, and an employment counselor—share what attracted them and their families to Kingston, why they stay, and why others should consider Kingston as their new home. The videos are in Arabic, Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles.

Kingston MarketView Webcam
Visitors to this site can see an up-to-the-minute view of Kingston’s historic market square in the heart of the downtown core.

Snapshot Kingston
City of Kingston dynamic online tool that shows how Kingston has grown and changed over time. Explore nearly 150 years of Kingston’s history using maps and images.

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