Postcard from Kingston

In August, my family and I took a train trip to visit Kingston and stayed at Queen’s University campus for a few days. Kingston is a historic city. It was named the first capital of the United Province of Canada on February 10, 1841. It’s located midway between Toronto and Montreal.

Map of Toronto-Kingston rail route
Toronto to Kingston by train

We have visited Kingston a couple of times and have been on the Thousand Islands cruise which departs from downtown Kingston. During this stay, we explored a bit of history, nature, and arts. Below are the highlights.

National historic sites

We visited three national historic sites: Kingston’s City Hall built in 1844, the Shoal Tower built in 1847, and the Murney Tower built in 1846. Shoal and Murney Towers are part of the Kingston Fortifications. In 2007, the Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Kingston City Hall
Kingston City Hall
Shoal Tower in Kingston
Shoal Tower in Kingston
Murney Tower in Kingston
Murney Tower in Kingston


Kingston’s waterfront pathway spans over 8 km along the Lake Ontario shoreline. We enjoyed strolling along the waterfront and saw many kayaks and sailboats on the lake and many windmills in the distance. The Breakwater Park is one block from where we stayed on Queen’s University campus so it was very convenient to get my morning walks done.

Kingston's waterfront
Kingston’s waterfront
Kingston's waterfront pathway
Waterfront pathway by Breakwater Park in Kingston

Visual Arts

We visited the Agnes Queen’s Art Gallery on Queen’s University campus. Admission was free. There were various types of artworks on display, some are more contemporary than the others. I liked one of Sarah Robertson’s paintings and Claude Tousignant’s bold geometric style.

October, Ottawa Valley painting by Sarah Robertson
October, Ottawa Valley by Sarah Robertson
Horizontal Ultra Orange by Claude Tousignant
Horizontal Ultra Orange by Claude Tousignant

Queen’s University also has many beautiful limestone buildings worth browsing. Kingston’s nicknames are The Limestone City, or K-Town, or YGK. Aside from the above sightseeing, we met with our friends in Kingston to catch up. It was a nice and fun trip that was part of our wonderful summer 2019.

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24 thoughts on “Postcard from Kingston

    • Natalie September 22, 2019 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you, Donna, for your kind comment and the fun conversations we’ve had so far.


  1. mommyhon333 September 22, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    How fun that you and Donna are going to meet up!! Kingston looks like a lovely city. I like the short, stubby towers. Rapunzel could have easily escaped from one of those! Not much towering about them!

    The October painting is pleasing with its rounded shapes to all of the objects. The fierce storm clouds, the rounded tree boughs, rolling hills. Very pretty.


    • Natalie September 22, 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you, Leslie, for your comment. I like the shape of the towers, too. They are Martello towers.


    • Natalie September 22, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you, Lydia, for your comment. Kingston is a picturesque city.


  2. Sydney Shop Girl September 23, 2019 / 12:36 am

    I love the unique and distinctive look of the towers of Kingston, Natalie! They look so robust.

    SSG xxx


    • Natalie September 23, 2019 / 8:43 pm

      The towers were used for defense. I like their unique design too. Thanks SSG for stopping by.


  3. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid September 23, 2019 / 12:58 am

    I’ve never heard of Kingston nor have I been there but it looks fabulous. Who doesn’t love a free art gallery?!


    • Natalie September 23, 2019 / 8:45 pm

      Free art gallery is great! Thanks, Sammie, for your comment.


  4. Jo September 23, 2019 / 4:10 pm

    Each Monday morning I wonder where you’re going to take us to this week and again I haven’t been disappointed. I love your blend of art, history, pics. Have a great week.


    • Natalie September 23, 2019 / 8:46 pm

      I’m happy to share my discoveries. Thank you, Jo, for reading and commenting. Have a fantastic week!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jo September 24, 2019 / 3:03 am

        and you too…


  5. Denyse Whelan September 25, 2019 / 4:42 am

    How lovely this looks. Thank you too for the map as I, with limited knowledge of your country, recognised some landmarks like Niagara Falls.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week, 30/9/19 the optional prompt is Spring Stories. Hope you can join in too. Denyse.


    • Natalie September 25, 2019 / 12:18 pm

      Thank you Denyse for hosting. I’m glad my map was helpful. Look forward to the next link-up. Have a wonderful week!


  6. Joanne Sisco September 25, 2019 / 6:08 am

    Each summer I say I’m going to finally go to Kingston and spend a little time there and yet I never do! Thanks for the tour. It looks like a lovely place.


    • Natalie September 25, 2019 / 12:16 pm

      Too many places to visit and not enough time is a real dilemma 🙂


  7. leannelc September 25, 2019 / 7:40 am

    Hi Natalie – great photos and an interesting little snapshot of Kingston – I also loved seeing you catching up with Sue and Donna over on Donna’s blog post today. Nothing beats meeting up with fellow bloggers and I’m sure the three of you had a blast.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂


    • Natalie September 25, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you Leanne. Meeting Sue and Donna in Victoria, and then Donna, Ann and Jude in Parksville was all wonderful.


  8. betty - NZ September 27, 2019 / 4:07 am

    We travel by train every chance we get, it’s a wonderful way to travel. Thanks for sharing your photos and the history of the places. I love all those towers and I’m glad they are protected now.

    Thank you for joining us on ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!


    • Natalie September 27, 2019 / 7:54 am

      I imagine the scenic train rides in NZ. Thanks, Betty, for hosting and for your comment. Have a nice weekend!


  9. Erica/Erika September 29, 2019 / 11:18 am

    Hi Natalie, I hear how train travel is popular Back East. I was in Kingston approximately 35 years ago and I recall even then it was a very interesting city. I love all of your photos. The waterfront pathway looks very serene. I am sorry our paths did not cross this time. Greenpoint campground has no cell/wifi……a positive and a negative. I did read many books:). Fun, catching up this morning reading blog sites. I look forward to your updates, Natalie:)


    • Natalie September 29, 2019 / 12:12 pm

      Hi Erica: Book reading and camping in nature are good for our mind and body. I had a wonderful time on Vancouver Island. I hope our paths will cross in the future. Thank you for stopping by. I’m catching up after my trip, too.

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