Living and working in Kingston

Not too big and not too small, Kingston is just the right size for anyone who likes eclectic restaurants, a thriving arts scene, and a vibrant university-town atmosphere. 

Our downtown area is bustling with activity, featuring a local farmers market, colourful patios, popular festivals and a variety of other great entertainment options, all set amidst the historic buildings of the "Limestone City".  

There is also plenty to explore in the countryside surrounding Kingston. Take a trip a few minutes north and you are in a cottage country dotted with thousands of pristine lakes. To the west, you can spend the weekend biking and touring the wineries of Prince Edward County.

And if hitting the water is your passion, Kingston is home to some of the best sailing you can find in Canada, featuring both the open water of Lake Ontario and the scenic channels of the Thousand Islands just to the east.

It all adds up to some of the best scenery in all of Ontario.  

Of course if you crave the bright lights of the big city, we're just a short drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. 

Kingston is also safe, clean, and easy to get around and is an ideal spot to raise a busy family and to retire. Here are some helpful links to help familiarize you with our city of 123,000 people and counting.

Getting Around:

Kingston Transit 

City of Kingston 

City of Kingston Maps 


Kingston Economic Development Corporation  

Tourism Kingston 

Downtown Kingston 


Kingston Newcomers 

Kingston Relocation Guide 


Providence Care

South East Community Care Access Centre 

Addiction & Mental Health Services - Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington  


Limestone District School Board 

Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board 

Conseil des Ecoles Catholiques du Centre-Est de l´Ontario 

Conseil des Ecole Public de l´Est de l´Ontario 

Royal Military College

Queen's University 

St. Lawrence College

Other Resources:

Kingston Employment and Youth Services (KEYS) 

Kingston Military Family Resource Centre 

Association Canadienne-Francaise de l'Ontario Mille Iles