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Overview of Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Kingston, Ontario is a city in Canada located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, where the lake runs into the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands begin. Renowned as the fresh-water capital of North America, Kingston is a major port to cruise the famous Thousand Islands.

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  • Population: 114,195 (2001)
  • Population Density: 253.5 /km²
  • Area: 450.39 km²
  • Latitude: 44°14`N
  • Longitude: 77°W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 70-110 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Kingston, Ontario

Steeped in history and tradition, Kingston is the resting-place of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada`s first Prime Minister. History buffs can visit Fort Henry, a 19th century British Military Fortress, or one of the seventeen museums that showcase everything from woodworking tools to military and technological advances. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Kingston was an important Great Lakes port and a center for shipbuilding and locomotive building, including the largest locomotive works in the British Empire (the Canadian Locomotive Company - later Fairbanks-Morse)

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Kingston's Demographics

According to the mid-2001 census, there were 114,195 people residing in the greater Kingston area, of whom 49.1 % were male and 50.9 % were female. Children under five accounted for approximately 5.1 % of the resident population of Kingston. This compares with 5.8 % in Ontario, and almost 5.6 % for Canada overall. The population of Kingston shows significant turnover because of its relatively large student population (about 10%) and the number of military residents associated with Canadian Forces Base Kingston.

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Kingston's Climate

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Education in Kingston, Ontario

Approximately 23,000 students attend 56 elementary and 12 secondary schools in Kingston. Approximately 15,000 students attend 36 elementary schools and 5 secondary schools in the Catholic school district. Kingston is home to Queen`s University, one of the most distinguished universities in the country. The Royal Military College of Canada is also located in Kingston. RMC is Canada`s only military university.

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Transportation around Kingston, Ontario

Kingston Transit operates 7 days a week with 14 routes servicing the urban area of the city. Kingston is served by 20 Via Rail trains per day , with connections to Southwestern Ontario, Western Canada and the Maritimes. Kingston`s airport offers five daily scheduled flights from Kingston to theatres. Kingston is a city rich in the attractions, it is easy to stay busy shopping, eating at one of the great local restaurants or going on a 1000 island boat cruise. If visiting, Kingston has many great accommodations from hotels to bed and breakfasts.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Kingston
  • Battersea
  • Railton
  • Forest
  • Murvale Sta.
  • Davidsons Beach
  • Cranstons Beach
  • Latimer
  • Kepler
  • Glenvale
  • Sharpton
  • Glenvale Station
  • Inverary
  • Sunbury
  • Ida Hill
  • Joyceville
  • Pine Hill
  • Mount Chesney
  • Elginburg
  • Shannons Corners
  • Bur Creek
  • Silver Corner
  • Aylesworth
  • Westbrook
  • Collins Bay
  • Amherstview
  • Bayview
  • Nicholsons Point
  • Reddendale
  • Simcoe Island
  • Marysville
  • Barriefield
  • King oitt
  • Ravensview
  • Cataraqui
  • Kingston Mills
  • MacLean Park
  • Eastview
  • Scotch Settlement
  • Pitts Ferry
  • Cushendall
  • Port Alexandria
  • Pine Hill
  • Hemlock Downs
  • Codes Corners
  • Fairmount
  • Maple Lawn
  • Glenburnie
  • Barriefield
  • Odessa
  • Harrowsmith
  • Sydenham
  • Bath
  • Napanee
  • Stone Mills
  • Gananoque

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Geography of Kingston, Ontario

The central part of Kingston is located between the Cataraqui River to the east and the Little Cataraqui Creek to the West, with outlying areas extending in both directions. Kingston is the county seat of Frontenac County.

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Kingston's Government

Kingston is governed by Mayor Harvey Rosen and 12 Councillors representing various districts in and around Kingston.

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Kingston's Economy and Industry

Kingston`s economy relies heavily on public sector institutions and establishments. The most important sectors are related to health care, education, government (including the military and correctional services), tourism and culture, manufacturing and development. Of Kingston`s major industrial employers of the 20th century, the Canadian Locomotive Company and Davis Drydock are long closed, and the former Alcan and Dupont operations employ far fewer persons than in the past.

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Kingston's Culture and Significant Events

Canadian Olympic-training Regatta, Kingston — now hosted by CORK/Sail Kingston Inc. is still held every August. Kingston is listed by a panel of experts among the best yacht racing venues in the USA, even though Kingston is, of course, in Canada.

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Sports in Kingston, Ontario

Although debatable, Kingston lays claim to being the birthplace of ice hockey . Kingston is represented in the Ontario Hockey League by the Kingston Frontenacs. The city is famous for its fresh-water sailing (it hosted the sailing events for the 1976 Summer Olympics). Diving is also a popular local sport, Kingston is a well-known destination for fresh-water wreck diving. Some of Kingston`s wrecks can be classed among the best fresh water wrecks in the world.

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Media of Kingston

Kingston's daily newspapers is the Kingston Whig-Standard, it provides residents with all the latest news, information on current events and culture. Kingston is also home to a few radio stations, including Fly FM and 105.7 FM.

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