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Southeastern Ontario

Kingston is located in an area of the province known as Southeastern Ontario. The area resembles a large triangle, with the Ottawa River and Quebec border forming one side and the St. Lawrence River forming another side. Highway 401, Ontario's largest and busiest highway, runs through the southern portion of the region, connecting communities along the St. Lawrence to the Quebec border.

Southeastern Ontario is a mix of farmland, rural areas and urban communities. Canada's capital city, Ottawa, and the surrounding National Capital Region are part of the area. The Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site, links Ottawa to Kingston along the Rideau Heritage Route.

Other Southeastern Ontario cities and towns, some of which have their own immigration web portals (see For More Information below):

  • Arnprior
  • Brockville
  • Carleton Place
  • Gananoque
  • Hawkesbury
  • Pembroke
  • Perth
  • Renfrew
  • Smiths Falls

Also referred to as eastern Ontario, the region has one of the largest concentrations of French-speaking residents in the province.

For More Information

Southern Ontario Road Maps
Detailed road maps for 11 geographic areas in Southern Ontario, including a distance calculator between cities and towns.

Kingston Economic Development
Information about Kingston for visitors, residents and potential employers. Includes maps, visitor services, and a calendar of events.

Ottawa and Countryside
A visitor’s guide to exploring the city of Ottawa and eastern Ontario, including information about special events, places of interest and travel tips.

The City of Ottawa, Canada’s Capital
The main website for the city of Ottawa, with maps, events calendar, latest city news and frequently asked questions.

Official website for the city of Brockville, which lies to the east of Kingston. Includes maps, tourist information and links to the Brockville arts centre, airport and museum. Also includes welcome messages in Russian, Chinese, Spanish, French, and English.

About Ontario
Background information about people, places and history of Ontario. Government of Ontario videos are also available on YouTube.

The official website of the town of Gananoque in the 1000 Islands. The town is a 20-minute drive east of Kingston.

Statistics Canada, 2006 Community Profiles
An online tool that can be used to find detailed information about communities in every province and territory of Canada.

Smith Falls Immigration Portal
A newcomer’s web portal with information about the Town of Smith Falls. Available in English only; alternate languages are provided through Google translate. Includes a selection of community videos and multilingual fact sheets available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Rideau Canal
Description of the Rideau Canal and the associated buildings and forts (ie: Fort Henry and the Kingston Fortifications) that form the UNESCO world heritage site. Available in Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Rideau Canal, National Historic Site of Canada
Information on Canada’s 14th World Heritage Site from Parks Canada.

Canada — Arts, Culture & Heritage
Government of Canada website with information on the arts, cultures and heritage of Canada, its Aboriginal Peoples, official languages, geography, history, heritage, multiculturalism, celebrations and commemorations.

The Great Waterway
Ontario tourism site detailing the highlights on offer in the areas along the Rideau Canal and the St. Lawrence Seaway from Quinte West to Cornwall, including Kingston. Features descriptions of all the different areas with suggestions on what to see and do, plus an events calendar and a video road trip. Also available on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Statistics Canada, Kingston 2011 Census Profile
Detailed 2011 census information about the Kingston CMA (census metropolitan area).

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