Moving to Kingston

Making the decision to study abroad can be difficult. Where do you go? How do you choose a program or a university? And which country do you select for your new home-away-from-home?

If you’ve decided to move to Kingston, then chances are that you’ve probably been searching online for helpful tips to assist in making the big move. So, we have compiled numerous things that you’ll need to know, including topics like places to visit, transportation throughout the city and ideas to assist with living in Kingston.

About Kingston

Kingston is conveniently situated about equal distance from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, so to say that it has a great location is an understatement! It’s nestled in a nice area, in between Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and the Rideau Canal, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s easy to see why it is always ranked as one of the best cities to live in Canada.

Kingston boasts a population of nearly 124,000 people who live in communities that thrive on achieving a high quality of life. There are recreational activities, intellectual pursuits, superb health care and a whole slew of services, programs and facilities to offer continuous support to its residents.

English language

In Kingston, you’ll quickly find that the primary language is English. However, you’ll also be sure to hear quite a few Canadians who also speak French.

Weather in Kingston

The warm season in Kingston typically runs from June until mid-September, providing plenty of time to get out and explore some of the area’s natural beauty. You can expect the average temperature to be 19°C.

The cold season in Kingston generally lasts from early December to mid-March, and the average temperature is about 3°C.

Public holidays in Canada

  • New Year's Day (1 January)
  • Family Day (19 February)
  • Good Friday (30 March)
  • Victoria Day (21 May)
  • Canada Day (1 July)
  • Labour Day (3 September)
  • Thanksgiving Day (8 October)
  • Christmas Day (December 20)
  • Boxing Day (December 26)

Canada Day

Canada Day commemorates the special moment on July 1, 1867, when its three colonies (Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) came together to make one country, forming a Dominion that was, for a time, a part of the British Empire. However, Canada became completely independent of the United Kingdom in 1982.

Labour Day

Labour Day originally began as a day for workers across the country to appeal for better pay and more desirable working conditions. Now it creates a long weekend for most Canadians and a popular time to travel.

Victoria Day

During the reign of Queen Victoria in 1845, her birthday (May 24) was declared a national holiday in Canada. Upon her death in 1901, the Canadian Parliament made Victoria Day a legal holiday.

Facts about Kingston

  1. Most of Kingston’s oldest buildings were built with Limestone, giving it the nickname of “The Limestone City.”
  2. Did you know that Kingston was the first capital of Canada? Upon unification of Upper and Lower Canada, Kingston became the initial capital of the country. However, in the 1840s, the government moved to Ottawa. The original Parliament buildings in Kingston were renovated and turned into the Hôtel Dieu hospital, which is now also closed.
  3. Beginning October of 1923, Students from Queen’s University began a campus radio station, CFRC. It is important and well-known because it is the longest running campus-based broadcaster in the world, as well as the second longest-running radio station.

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