The storied history of Kingston, also known as the "Limestone City", began with the establishment of a strategic fort in 1673. The city also acted as the capital for the United Province of Canada from 1841-1844.
The Kingston Historical Society provides detailed and fascinating information on Kingston's historical roots.
Kingston is also the entry point to the Rideau Canal, the longest continuously operated canal in North America, which links the lakes and rivers between Kingston and Ottawa with a series of locks that are operated by hand much as they were when the Canal first opened in 1832. It provides wonderful recreational opportunities as well as a living history lesson. The Rideau Canal is a National Historic Site, and became a designated World Heritage Site in 2007.