About Kingston

Nestled at the mouth of the Rideau Canal and the St. Lawrence River at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, Kingston is a city built on a grand heritage and defined by an exquisite ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today. For a visual tour of Kingston – Click Here

The city dazzles with soaring 19th century limestone architecture and the amenities of a major centre, but retains the fascinating allure of a small town. Kingston is home to Queen’s, one of Canada’s finest universities, the Royal Military College and St. Lawrence College, as well as a thriving business community. The city hosted the sailing event for the 1976 Olympics and the Championships will be hosted out of the same venue as was used in 1976, offering a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Olympic Games.

Population: Greater Kingston – 155,000 (Statistics Canada 2003)

Climate: Proximity to Lake Ontario yields a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Average winter temperature: -8C (17 F), Average Summer temperature: 24C (75 F)

Language: Primary language is English with government services and numerous local business services available in French. Kingston also enjoys thriving French, Asian, Greek, Italian and Portuguese communities.

Nickname: The Limestone City

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Kingston Tourism Information on activities and accommodation;

Queen’s University – Student Residence

Relax in comfortable and affordable accommodations located within easy walking distance to Kingston’s waterfront, local attractions, and downtown shopping.

Web site: http://eventservices.queensu.ca
Email: event.services@queensu.ca


Kingston is located halfway between Montréal and Toronto. It is accessible by air, road and rail.

City of Kingston web site (maps): http://www.cityofkingston.ca/maps.asp

Air Travel
The options for travel to Kingston vary depending on where you are coming from. Toronto Pearson is the most common choice. Other airports you may consider flying to are Ottawa and Montréal in Canada, or Syracuse in the United States. Considerations are cost, convenience, and the scheduling of connections. Scheduling is the key, as sometimes an inexpensive bus ride might end up being the most convenient.

Toronto Pearson
Flying to Toronto Pearson gives you the most options for the final leg to Kingston. Note: The only way to directly fly to Kingston is via Toronto.

Air Canada Jazz offers daily scheduled flights between Kingston and Toronto (1 hour flight).

Coach Canada has a bus service three times daily from Toronto Airport right to Queen’s Campus (4 hours).

The VIA Rail station in downtown Toronto is accessible by a bus from the airport (2.5 hour rail + 1 hour connection to downtown station).

Rent a car (3 hour drive).
You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (3 hour drive).

Montréal Trudeau
The VIA Rail station at Dorval is very close to the airport and all Montréal Kingston trains stop at Dorval (2.5 hour rail + short connection to the Dorval VIA station.)
Rent a car (3 hour drive).
You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (3 hours).

Rent a car (2 hour drive).
You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (2 hours).

Syracuse (U.S.A.)
Rent a car (2.5 hour drive).
You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (2.5 hours).
Note: You will be landing in the USA and will need to have required documentation to enter the United States at the airport. You will then exit the USA and enter Canada through a border crossing located about 45 minutes East of Kingston. Please ensure that you have all of the required documentation if you choose this option.

Rail Travel
VIA Rail service between Kingston, and Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa.

Kingston is on Highway 401, the main East West thoroughfare in southern Ontario. Kingston is about 300 kilometers from Toronto, Montréal and Syracuse, and 200 kilometers from Ottawa. Kingston does not pose a traffic problem, but the traffic in Toronto can get nasty, and you need to traverse Toronto when driving from the airport to Kingston. The airports in Montréal, Ottawa and Syracuse are all more or less on the Kingston side of those respective cities and traffic will be less of an issue.

Shuttle service is available from the Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Syracuse (US) airports with McCoy Transport.


Phone +1-613-384-0012 (Toll free 1-866-384-0012)
Email charters@gomccoy.com

For teams traveling with minors not accompanied by their parents, the team leader should carry a letter permitting him/her to transport the minor across the border. This authorization should be signed by both parents.