Ontario, Canada's Kingston is home to Kingston. It is situated near the mouth of the Cataraqui River (the southern terminus of the Rideau Canal), the beginning of the St. Lawrence River, and the north-eastern end of Lake Ontario. The city lies halfway between Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, Ontario. Kingston is also close to the Prince Edward County tourism zone to the west and the Thousand Islands tourist district to the east. Because so many historic structures in Kingston were built using local limestone, it is known as the "Limestone City".
The motto of Kingston, "where history and innovation thrive," reflects the city's reputation for its historic buildings.
The city has 1211 properties listed in the heritage register it maintains in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act, including World Heritage Sites, National Historic Sites, Provincially Significant sites, municipally designated heritage properties, and listed or non-designated heritage buildings. One of only 15 such monuments in Canada, the Rideau Canal and the fortifications at Kingston was named a World Heritage Site in 2007. In Kingston, there are 21 National Historic Sites of Canada.
The Royal Military College of Canada, St. Lawrence College, and Queen's University are the three universities that are located in Kingston. As a result of the international and domestic students that these colleges draw, Kingston has a thriving multicultural community.
With attractions including Fort Henry, the Kingston Penitentiary, and the Cataraqui Museum, Kingston is a well-liked vacation spot. The Canadian Film Festival, the Kingston Writers Festival, and the Summer Fest music festival are just a few of the festivals and events that take place all year long in the city.