Explore Kingston

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 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. 

 

Kingston Trolley Tours are a fun way to see and learn about the city. They are also very “instagrammable”. Check out their website for information regarding their free hop on and off summer services. 

 

Farmer's Markets

The Kingston Public Market

The Kingston Public Market is the oldest market in Ontario! It takes place downtown in Market Square behind City Hall from April to November on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9am – 6pm. Check out their website for a list of food and artisan vendors or walk downtown to look around.

Memorial Centre

The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is located at 303 York St. (North of Princess Street) at the Memorial Centre and is open on Sundays from 9am – 2pm May to November, and 10am - 2pm November to April. Visit their website for a list of vendors, events, and volunteering opportunities!

Outdoors

Lots of parks surround the University District and are also available via public transit, including: 

All walking distances are approximations from campus

Parks and Trails

Arts

Transit

Popular Bus Routes 

  • 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.

Groceries

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