Welcome to Kingston

Often called the 'Limestone City,' Kingston is stocked with clunky halls of hand-cut stone and prim Victorian mansions. A noticeable lack of modern architecture helps to maintain the historical charm. Added to the slew of interesting museums and historical sites are the pretty waterfront location and vibrant, colorful gardens.

Founded in 1841, the same year as Kingston was proclaimed capital, Queen's University adds a dash of hot-blooded youthfulness to the mix. An assortment of great dining options, some with student-friendly prices, and a crankin' nightlife round out the package.

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$21.11 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

90-Minute 1000 Islands Sightseeing Cruise

No visit to Eastern Ontario would be complete without a cruise to the world famous Thousand Islands. Departing from Brockville's historic waterfront, the "Jewels of the St. Lawrence" Cruise offers frequent daily departures. Your safety and comfort are assured aboard this fleet of modern, twin-decked, Transport Canada certified vessels equipped with on-board restrooms and fully licensed beverage and snack service (at extra cost).Revel in your view of palatial waterfront mansions, quaint island cottages and the many natural wonders of the 1000 Islands as you pass in the shadows of ships plying the main shipping channel of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Relax with a beverage and snack from a licensed snack bar. Get close to nature as you glide through narrow, scenic channels not available to larger tour boats - all while your bi-lingual Captain’s commentary provides an accurate account of the Islands history, its legends and its people.Start or end your visit with a meal at the Crow's Nest Bistro, Brockville's only true licensed waterfront bistro or pick up a memento of your visit in the 1000 Islands at the Chandlery Gift Shop. Limited free parking is available on site.After your cruise, you can delve into the Islands a little deeper with a visit to the Aquatarium (not included), a new 32,000 sq. ft. interactive discovery centre devoted to the history, culture and ecology of the region. Ogle ships from around the world plying the St. Lawrence Seaway channel from one of five waterfront parks. Explore Brockville’s many historical treasures with a visit to the Brockville Museum, Fulford Place, Canada’s First Railway Tunnel, and Fort Wellington. Or take a stroll through the historic downtown where you’ll discover an abundance of architectural treasures of this one-time Millionaire’s capital of Canada.

$132.67 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Boldt Castle and Thousand Islands Helicopter Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: 1000 Islands Helicopter ToursLocation of the 1000 Islands Heliport. Travelers will embark on their helicopter tour from this location. Features a welcome centre with ample parking for cars and larger vehicles, small gift shop, fully accessible washrooms and a spacious lounge.Duration: 1 hour

$18.81 Cultural & Theme Tours

Original Haunted Walk of Kingston

Follow your cloaked and lantern-carrying tour guide on a 90-minute storytelling adventure that will surprise amaze and delight even the most skeptical in the group. Along the way, you will hear a number of stories, including: The tragedy at the Prince George Hostel How graverobbings used to be quite common in Kingston The location of several burial grounds hidden in plain sight How the guests of a local B&B continue to have unexplainable experiences A restless spirit who turned to a photographer for help The tour will end back at your local operator's ticket office where souvenirs will be available for purchase. A pub is conveniently located next door for refreshments before or after your tour.

$203.90 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Thousand Island Helicopter Tour with Boldt and Singer Castles

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: 1000 Islands Helicopter ToursLocation of the 1000 Islands Heliport. Travelers will embark on their helicopter tour from this location. Features a welcome centre with ample parking for cars and larger vehicles, small gift shop, fully accessible washrooms and a spacious lounge.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Boldt Castle and Yacht HouseSee world famous Boldt Castle on Heart Island from the air! Experience the romance and grandeur of this magnificent testament of love that rises from the glorious St. Lawrence River, built by George Boldt for his beloved wife, Louise.

$17.82 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Admission Ticket Aquatarium

While visiting The Aquatarium discover the aquatic world of the St. Lawrence River. Some highlights of the experience include: Aquaria, a “fish’s eye view” of the St. Lawrence River that highlights three distinct aquarium habitats: lake, river and shore. Meet our 3 aquatic friends, Oliver, Ivyand Brock in The Otter Experience as they swim and play throughout the massive glass-enclosed river habitat. Cutting-edge technology green screens that will capture a magic moments to share with family and friends. Step into the reconstructed Captain’s Cabin of the British warship, HMS Ontario, built in the 18th century and used during the American Revolutionary War. It met its fateful demise in 1780 – but the cabin is rebuilt to look and feel just like an authentic 18th century warship. Try your hand at a river boater’s life on the Boat House & Skiff House – The sights, sounds and mechanisms of a real boat give the Boat House an authentic feel. Step into a world of mystery in our replica Singer Castle Library, where the walls have eyes, and secret passageways are waiting to be discovered. Peek into the replica remains of the St. Lawrence River shipwreck the Sir Robert Peel, a Canadian steamboat that was seized and burned by real-life pirate Bill Johnston. And much, much more!

$45.29 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

K-Pass Winter: Kingston All Inclusive Pass

Kingston is a vibrant town in Eastern Ontario, rich in Canadian history and culture. Our close proximity from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, attracts tourists to visit, stay and explore the area. Kingston offers plenty to see and do with several indoor and outdoor attractions, shops and delicious local restaurants all within the downtown area and K-Pass Winter allows you to explore the best of them with ease!  K-Pass Winter includes admission to Kingston’s premiere winter experiences, tours, restaurants and attractions:  Lumina Borealis  Kingston Trolley Tours  Kingston Walks  Improbable Escapes   The VR Hut (Virtual Reality Experience)  Trailhead Skate Rental   Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Game  K-Pass Winter also includes a $10 off $50 discount at participating restaurants including AquaTerra, Atomica, Chien Noir, Dianne's, Harper's Burger Bar, The Works, Kingston Food Tours and Windmills. K-Pass Winter begins November 30th, 2018 and operates until January 6th, 2019. It is available any day of the week, however we recommend building your itinerary around the weekend when Lumina Borealis operates. If you would like to use K-Pass Winter during the week, please contact attractions to check hours and availability prior to your travel dates.  Step 1: Purchase your Pass When you purchase your pass online you will get a confirmation number that you can use to pick up your pass when you arrive to Kingston. Step 2: Pick up your Pass Each K-Pass Winter purchase includes an 8-page, pocket-sized booklet filled with more than $150 in admissions, restaurant discounts, and a map. You can pick up your Pass at 248 Ontario St., Kingston, ON.  Step 3: Use your Pass To use K-Pass Winter, just present it to your restaurant server when you order, or at the main admissions desk when you arrive at an attraction. K-Pass Winter is valid for 3 consecutive days from the time it is first used.