Downtown Kingston Area Guide
Getting to Know Our Downtown Kingston Hotel
There is a lot to experience in downtown Kingston, the excitement of events at the K-Rock Centre, the Invista Centre, and many restaurants in Kingston, Ontario. In addition, there are numerous shops and attractions to entice visitors to visit us here at the Peachtree Inn. One of the most popular things to do in Kingston is to see the breathtaking natural beauty of the 1000 Islands. We invite you to stay a little longer and get to know the area a bit better. We love Kingston and we know you will too!
Kingston's Market Square
Located behind Kingston's City Hall, this market has been in operation since 1801. Some of the many products for sale at this historic market include fresh produce, fruit, plants, baked goods, sausages, arts and crafts and much more. The market is open in the spring, summer and fall.
Harold Harvey Arena
This arena features an ice rink 6 to 10 months out of the year, which is used for hockey, ice skating, tournaments and special events. A softball diamond is also part of the facilities as well as a canteen.
Cataraqui Community Centre
This facility has two ice rinks and is home to the Cloverdale Hall and Sunnyside Hall Meeting Rooms. The Cloverdale softball diamond is also on the premises as well as a canteen to buy munchies.
Lake Ontario Park
Situated in the scenic locale of Lake Ontario Park, this attraction features regular entertainment. Open weekends only starting mid-May, with weekday openings added in mid-June.
Offering higher education since 1842, Queen's University welcomes students from more than 80 countries and is proud to offer prestigious degrees in business, medicine, law, education, arts, engineering and many other fields of study.
St. Lawrence College
With campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston, St Lawrence College prepares students for careers in business, computer sciences and skilled trades. St Lawrence encourages students and faculty to take an active role in community involvement and in mentoring students for the best chances of success.
Shopping in Kingston, Ontario
While there are plenty of outdoor activities in the area, many people like to spend a day or two just enjoying the Kingston area shopping. There's plenty to choose from, including three malls. The Cataraqui mall has 141 stores to enjoy, The RioCan center has seventy-five merchants and the last larger mall is King Court mall, where you can enjoy our new outlet stores. Just stop by the front desk and ask for details.
For a visitor to Kingston, the shopping is really all about the downtown. For a small city of just over 125,000, it's surprising to see so many interesting independents mixed in with cool chains like American Apparel, Indigo, and Lulu Lemon, just to name a few. Sure there are big boxes in the suburbs, but guaranteed, they are identical to the very same developments in your own town. Skip em'. Take a stroll along Princess Street starting at Division Street headed towards the water. It's about a 30 minute walk that could last an entire day just looking in all of the unique shops Kingston has to offer! Don't forget to visit the historic market square every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for local produce and crafts, while the antiques roll in every Sunday. We especially recommend these local favorites:
Natural and organic food store
Where all the starlet types shop
Made 4 You
A local art co-op with one of a kind 100% handmade items from Kingston Artists
Truggs or Paradiso
An amazing floral shop
This is the original location that spawned the Toronto Queen Street location
The hip place for students and cool young parents
Gifts and clothing for the well-dressed infant
The Sleepless Goat
A great place for lunch!
Skate and beyond
Sepp's Ski and Snowboard
A local institution
Contemporary men's and women's clothing
Toys for thinking minds
James Reid Furniture
Downtown for over 150 years!
Cookes Fine Foods
Another old school favorite
Don't forget to visit the historic market square every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for local produce and crafts, while the antiques roll in every Sunday.
This living history museum and national historic site depicts the life in a 19th Century British military fortress with vivid accuracy. Tour the buildings, take a special tour, or enjoy the renowned 'Sunset Ceremony' featuring music, special performances by the famous Fort Henry Guard and a fireworks finale. Open late May until early October.
Portsmouth Olympic Harbor
This harbor is located in the Portsmouth Village, a historic park-like area ideal for walks along the shoreline. Home to the annual CORK regatta, this harbor was initially the host of the 1976 Olympics. The docks can accommodate power and sail boats.
Bellevue House National Historic Park.
Honored as a National Historic Site, this early 1840s home has a distinctive Italian Tuscan style that was unusual for its time. Bellevue House served as a rental home to government officials, including Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada's first Prime Minister. MacDonald's short time at this residence was marred with sadness, as his son died and his wife was very ill. Today some MacDonald memorabilia can be viewed, and informative tours are available. Seasonal opening.
Frontenac County Schools Museum
Explore an early 1900s schoolroom, or tour the facility with the assistance of a costumed tour guide. An archival collection (late 19th-20th century) and public school elementary records are also on the site.
Once a French trading post and military fort built in 1673 to control the fur trade in the Great Lakes Basin and act as a protective barrier. This fort was designated a historical site in 1923. It has gone through several archaeological investigations.
This heritage area has many old buildings made of brick and stone that were once full of villagers who worked in tanneries, breweries and shipyards in the 19-century. Although the village was annexed in 1952 due to hard economic times, the Kingston historical society has preserved the historical background of this village.