Kingston is organized into more than 40 neighbourhoods, each with its own name and identity (see For More Information links below). Some neighbourhoods are more densely populated than others and Kingston has extensive rural areas, but most neighbourhoods have residential homes, schools, and parks and green spaces. Many neighbourhoods in the central part of the city are characterized by older buildings, while outlying residential areas often have more modern-looking structures. Kingston's downtown also has many new apartment buildings that were built on or near the waterfront.
The services and amenities found in Kingston neighbourhoods vary widely. Some of the basic services found in Kingston include firehalls, libraries, hospitals, laundromats (public laundries), golf courses, public arenas and food stores. Municipal bus service is also available in most areas of the city. The price of housing and rental accommodation varies from one neighbourhood to another.
For More Information
Historic Walking Tours
Information on free walking tours in Kingston. Explore the city and different neighbourhoods, learn about local architects, follow in Sir. John A.’s footsteps, and investigate local Naval and War of 1812 historic sites. Includes downloadable maps and some audio tours.
Neighbourhood Profile Datasheets
City of Kingston site. Includes a map and profiles of the city neighbourhoods with details about city services, such as childcare centres, libraries, arenas, schools, health institutions, golf courses, and other facilities.
Statistics Canada, Community Profiles
Detailed information about Kingston from the 2006 federal Census, including population, number of home owners, age and gender of residents, marital status, housing preferences, languages spoken, citizenship, education, labour force activity, occupations, industries, transportation, visible minorities, and average earnings.
Map Gallery — City of Kingston
More than 140 maps of trails, arenas, outdoor rinks, parks, electoral districts, neighbourhoods and other features of Kingston, many of them interactive. Also includes specialty historical maps, a downloadable Street Atlas, and a Data Catalogue of available datasets.
Sydenham District Association
The Sydenham District Association represents residents of one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kingston. Includes information on getting involved, an online newsletter, current issues, photos and contact information for the board of directors. The association can also be followed on Twitter
McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association
The McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association represents residents in the King’s Town District of Kingston. Includes a history of the park, map, news posts, and business listings. The association can also be followed on Twitter
Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour
A community organization focused on the enhancement, stewardship and preservation of Kingston’s Inner Harbour waterfront. Includes information about the association, it’s initiatives — such as creation of the Inner Harbour Heritage Trail, heritage preservation and historical tours — community events, how to become involved, a photo gallery, links, and contact information.
Williamsville Neighbourhood Association
Known as Kingston’s midtown, Williamsville district is a small, but densely populated area. Includes information on the community association, the Memorial Centre (and Farmer’s Market), media coverage, useful links and local area news and updates.
Barriefield Village Association — A Heritage Conservation District
Information on Barriefield Village – a unique heritage conservation district — including maps, a gallery, and a listing of various heritage homes and sites. News, links and contact information for the association — which aims to protect the original heritage of the district, are also provided.
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.