Kingston was a welcome change from the almost run-down depressed-town feeling we got in Ganonoque. This city is where it’s at! We only spent two nights here, but could have done three, or spent one of the nights on Wolfe Island (see below).
Again, we rented a house on Airbnb, which allowed us to be a bit more leisurely with meals and hang out time. There’s so much about this place that surprised us. The central part of town is really walkable and much more within a short drive.
There are great restaurants! Definitely eat at Pan Chancho and Chez Piggy (with actual options for vegans and vegetarians). If you are shopping around town check out Cooke’s Old World Shop and Fine Foods on Brock Street. Kingston Olive Oil also sells interesting souvenirs.
There is a super cool beach and the swimming is awesome! This was our kids’ favorite thing. The water wasn’t warm per se, but clean, and we didn’t care. Honestly the atmosphere on a sunny weekend can’t be beat!
There’s a lot more culture to take in. Think great live music, interesting markets and beautiful architecture with a university vibe. There’s a great visitor center where you can get information on all sorts of stuff from friendly, knowledgeable people.
[PRO TIP: For free WiFi go to City Hall!]
Take the ferry to Wolfe Island. There are two ferries – one to and from Canada (Wolfe Islander III – free) and one that takes you to the United States (Horne – fee). They both have different schedules (pick up a copy at the visitor center in Kingston or go online).
This island kind of reminds me of Long Island in NYC out toward the Hamptons. It’s mostly farm land, but beautiful. We spent a day there, but could have extended our stay. Worth checking out:
- Wolfe Island Grill – outdoor seating on the water
- The Wipp – Ice Cream
- Cafe Tenancy – Ice Cream and Coffee
- Wolfe Island Pub and Pizzeria
- Wolfe Island Gallery
- Fargo General Store
- Fishtale – gift and accessories
- Serendipity – gift and accessories
[DO OVER: Consider spending the night on Wolfe Island. It’s a nice flat place to bike and maybe you can coordinate high tea with local jam makers the Henderson’s! Email firstname.lastname@example.org]
Next Stop….Dark Island and Singer Castle.