Holidays in Kingston

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Kingston holiday information

Top holiday (Flight+Hotel) £457
Family holiday (Flight+Hotel) £461
Budget holiday (Flight+Hotel) £449

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In over 300 hundred years of its history, stately Kingston has served both as the capital of Canada and as a military centre for the nations of France, Britain and Canada. Located where the Saint Lawrence River pours out of the Great Lakes, Kingston was first important as a French fur trading outpost. Later it became a destination for United Empire Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution and a naval base in the British-American War of 1812. Kingston also played a strong role in Canada's fighting contribution to the First and Second World Wars and is home to the Royal Military College of Canada and the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment.

Preparing for Kingston Holidays

Visitors should book flights, tours and hotels for Kingston holidays early. Kingston lies in Canada's Central Time Zone (GMT-5) with flights arriving often from Toronto and many other destinations. Travellers can also drive, bus, or take the train. Summer weather is clear and often hot. Snow is common in colder months, so winter Kingston holidaymakers should pack warm outer clothing and boots.

What to do in Kingston

Kingston hosts many historical sites and museums. Few would want to miss Bellevue House, the restored Italian-style villa of John A. Macdonald, Canada's eccentric first Prime Minister. Kingston's City Hall offers visitors a chance to view typical 19th century, limestone architecture and to see stained glass windows depicting the famous battles of WWI. A visit to Fort Henry entertains Kingston holidaymakers with a recreation of Canadian military life in the 1800's.

Other Kingston highlights include the Agnes Etherington Art Centre with its strong collection of Canadian and international art. Visitors can choose from museums ranging from the Original Hockey Hall of Fame to Canada's Penitentiary Museum. Additionally, Kingston holidays offer a wealth of outdoor activities on Kingston's waterways, islands and beaches. Visitors to Kingston can skate, hike, canoe, wind surf, play golf, or just take a riverboat cruise.

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