Re-live old memories and create new ones.
No matter what year you graduated, coming back to Kingston will always hold special memories – and new surprises. While much of the historical city remains the same, Kingston continues to evolve. Its dynamic downtown, world-class waterfront, and historical attractions beckon visitors from around the world. Queen’s campus - nestled between it all – continues to expand and prosper while maintaining its close-knit community. Reconnect with the campus and city of your youth and discover just how much they’ve both grown up.
Visiting Queen’s Campus
Re-acquaint yourself with the campus and take an escorted tour. Tours leave Grant Hall during the Alumni Meet & Greet event. See the Homecoming Weekend Event Calendar for more details.
To arrange a tour at a different time almost any day of the year, please contact the Campus Tours team in the Registrar’s Office or enjoy a self-guided tour of campus.
Use the Queen’s Interactive Campus Map to do your own tour.
Many buildings are hosting Open Houses over the weekend - check out the Homecoming Events Calendar for the most up to date times and information. The following key venues are always open to the public:
- The Agnes Etherington Art Centre
- The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
- The Athletics and Recreation Centre
- The Campus Bookstore
- The Biosciences Complex
- Queen’s Libraries
Queen's Clothing and Merchandise
Need a sweater for the football game? There are several places on campus to buy some new Queen's gear:
- The Campus Bookstore
- The Tricolour Outlet
- Q-Shop (In the Athletics and Recreation Centre)
- Campus Equipment Outfitters
Kingston's Visitor Information Centre is located at 209 Ontario St. in the heart of downtown across from Kingston's historic City Hall. It is open daily to answer all your questions about what to see and do or where to stay or dine – all the local information you need to help make your stay an enjoyable one.
The Visitor Information Centre also offers the convenience of purchasing tickets for some of Kingston's world-class attractions including Fort Henry National Historic Site, Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises and the Kingston Trolley Tours.
There are some hotels and historic inns in downtown Kingston that offer premier accommodation. See Visit Kingston for the most comprehensive list of available accommodation.
For group bookings, check with your Reunion Co-ordinator in the Classes, Clubs & Groups Directory to see if one has been made for your year at a Kingston hotel.
This information is typically shared in your Class Reunion emails. If you are not receiving your emails, we might not have current contact information for you. Update your information through our secure Address Update form or email our Contact Centre.
Tip: Group Bookings are often released about 5-6 weeks before Homecoming if the rooms haven’t been booked. If you checked during the summer and were unable to find availability, it’s possible that more space at the key downtown hotels will open up closer to the homecoming date.
Restaurants and Eating in Kingston
Downtown Kingston boasts a number of gourmet and casual dining options. Take advantage of the many patios while the weather still cooperates, or take a side trip to Prince Edward County and explore Canada’s hottest growing wine region.
If you’re hungry for a bit of nostalgia, you can hit old favourites like the Brew Pub, Morrison’s and the Grad Club or eat a meal in your old cafeteria. Visit Queen’s Hospitality Services for cost and times of meals.
On both Saturday and Sunday morning of Homecoming weekend, anytime between 9:30-11:30 am, you can come to Leonard Hall for a delicious "all-you-care-to-eat" brunch at Leonard Cafeteria along with current students. Just $10 at the door. No need to buy tickets in advance.
Getting Around Campus & Downtown
Parking is free in all on-campus lots on weekends and after 5 pm on weekdays.
During Homecoming, we recommend you leave your car at the hotel when coming to campus. Kingston is a very walkable and the downtown is a short stroll from campus. Large sections of campus are closed to car traffic on Homecoming Weekend making parking and driving difficult.
Visit Queen's University – Interactive Campus Map for a complete description of parking on campus.
If for accessibility reasons, you require parking on campus, please contact our Reunions Staff
Downtown Kingston has metered parking on most streets and a mix of parking lots and garages. Kingston Parking provide more information on rates and lot locations.
Kingston has partnered with HonkMobile to offer a new way to pay for parking at all Municipal Pay & Display parking lot locations and accessible on-street parking spaces across the city.
With the Honk app, residents and visitors can seamlessly search, pay for, and top up parking from a phone, tablet, or computer.
Included in your Tricolour Guard Registration is access to the Homecoming shuttle buses. Buses will complete 15-minutes loops from the downtown Kingston hotels with stops at Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, Four Points by Sheraton, and Best Western Fireside to Grant Hall on Friday between 4:15 - 10:15 pm and Saturday between 8 am - 9:30 pm. When you check-in at Meet & Greet on Friday or Saturday, you'll receive a personalized photo name-badge which can be used as your bus pass.
On Saturday afternoon, the bus will add a stop at Richardson Stadium to take you to and from the football game, and on Saturday evening, will act as a shuttle to Grant Hall for the Tricolour Guard Reception, and then back downtown following the Tricolour Guard Dinner at Ban Righ.
Kingston Transit provides bus service within the urban area of the City of Kingston. With a variety of convenient and accessible travel options, it's easy to get you where you want to go.
Kingston Transit provides Park & Ride for those who wish to park their vehicles and ride the bus the rest of the way to their destination. Free parking at these locations is available on a first-come, first-serve basis at:
- Montreal Street and Highway 401
- INVISTA Centre - 1350 Gardiners Road
- Centre 70 - Corner of Days Road & Front Road
- Kingston Gospel Temple - 2295 Princess Street
- Jim Beattie Park - 900 Henderson Boulevard
- Innovation Drive - east of Highway 15
Kingston has three taxi services: