Kingston is a city rich in history and culture. Get to know what the Kingston community has to offer by checking out local events and attractions!
Kingston has many more attractions. Be sure to check out Visit Kingston for more information about Kingston events, restaurants, and entertainment.
For a completely immersive (and accessible) experience, check out the Joseph Dominik Sensory Garden. Not only is it free and open to the public, but it is Kingston’s first fully accessible sensory garden. Look at their website for more information and volunteering opportunities.
Wolfe Island: Currently, you can take the ferry to Dawson Point Dock. It is best to take a car to Wolfe Island in the winter, as this dock is not within walking distance of Marysville. In the future you will be able to take a ferry directly to Marysville, check the Wolfe Island website for construction updates.
Kingston Penitentiary Tours are a great opportunity to learn about Kingston’s history. This historical site is only a short walk from campus. Check out their website for prices and more information.
Lots of parks surround the University District and are also available via public transit, including:
The Waterfront Path and Battery Park (10-minute walk)
McBurney Park (Skeleton Park) (15-minute walk)
Doug Fluhrer Park and Molly Brant Point (30-minute walk)
Lake Ontario Park (45-minute walk)
Belle Island (1 hour walk)
Lemoine’s Point (a 12-minute drive or a 50-minute bus ride via the 501 route)
All walking distances are approximations from campusParks and Trails
The Kingston Arts Council is the information hub for all things art in Kingston, including film, literature, music, craft, performing and visual arts.
The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, is home to various arts organizations and events.
The Grand Theatre is a community based cultural venue that hosts a variety of performances and events. Check out their websites for upcoming events
The 2 runs down Division Street, through downtown and Queen’s campus, down Union Street and up to Bath Road and back (the 2 will get you to the Megabus station)
The 501 is an express route that follows Concession Street down Princess through downtown, past Queen’s campus and up Bayridge back to Concession.
The 4 runs up and down Princess Street (the 4 will get you close to the Via Rail Station)
- City of Kingston offers reduced student rates if you need the bus to get around. Students can purchase a bus pass from the City of Kingston. There may also be options for financial assistance through the AMS; you can check if a bus bursary is available on the AMS website.
It costs $3.25 to ride the bus in Kingston, with a 60-minute transfer period.
Student discounts are available with presentation of a valid Queen’s University student card at many grocery stores in Kingston. Please confirm that the below discounts are accurate at the time of your shopping.
- Metro, 310 Barrie St - 10% - 15% discounts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
- Loblaws, 1100 Princess Street - 10% back in PC Optimum points every Tuesday with the PC Optimum App
- Food Basics, 33 Barrack St., 1300 Bath Rd., and 1225 Princess St - 10% discount on Tuesdays
- Bulk Barn, 1201 Division St. and 830 Norwest Rd. - 10% discount on Wednesdays