Local Area Attractions
Visit Kingston and travel through time in Canada's First Capital, tour the 1000 Islands with one of the many cruise lines, dine at one of the many delicious restaurants or spend the afternoon walking along the waterfront stopping at any of the local vendors. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to direct you to all the gems in this beautiful city. Kingston is the perfect location for your vacation or "stay"-cation.
Boat tours to the 1000 Islands
Let us arrange a cruise for you to enjoy the magnificent views of the 1000 Islands. There are 1½ hour and 3 hour cruises departing daily. Treat your family to a lunch or sunset dinner cruise through the islands up the St. Lawrence River. Kingston 1000 Island cruises starting only minutes way from the Campground. WE HAVE DISCOUNT COUPONS AVAILABLE.
Old Fort Henry
Fort Henry national historical site is Kingston's award winning premier historic attraction and outdoor military museum. Fort Henry presents a fun and stimulating visitor program daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Retrace the soldiers steps at Fort Henry and watch the Guards perform military drills, changes of guards and the artillery detachment fire the "big guns". Don't miss the spectacular sunset ceremony every Wednesday in July and August. For more information www.forthenry.com
This house is a rare and fine example in Canada of Itallinate Villa Architecture. Bellevue was home to Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister. Today, the house is a national historic site, commemorating Macdonald's contribution to the development of Canada. Visit Bellevue House and be part of the costumed interpreters' day-to-day life in the 1840's. For more information www.parkscanada.gc.ca
Confederation Tour Trolley
Discover Kingston, relax and let the guides take you through an exploration of the historic sites and attractions of Canada's second oldest city. Highlights of this entertaining 50 minute tour include the Royal Military College, Fort Henry, Fort Frontenac, Penitentiaries, Olympic Harbor (home of the 1976 Olympic Sailing), Bellevue House (residence of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister) and Queens University.
Rideau Canal Waterway and Locks
The Rideau Canal Waterway is arguably the most scenic waterway in North America. The Rideau Waterway, a Canadian National Historic Site and a designated Canadian Heritage River, consists of a series of beautiful lakes and rivers connected by canals. It stretches from Kingston, at the foot of Lake Ontario, to Ottawa, Canada's capital. It is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. The locks are operated today much as they were when first opened in 1832. For more information www.rideau-info.com
We dare you to take the haunted walk, and evening walking tour through quiet streets of the Limestone City by lantern-light. Explore Kingston's darker history. Grave-robbing and dark deeds seem to have been common in Kingston's early days. How many hidden burial grounds were left behind? It may be hard to know exactly what lies beneath your feet. For more information www.hauntedwalk.com
Ghosts of the Fort
Still not scared enough? The "Ghosts of the Fort" is an evening walking tour by lantern-light of Fort Henry National Historic Site. Kingston's spooky 19th century Fortress. Those who are brave enough to enter will find that the Fort is home to some shocking darker history as well as many active ghosts. For more information www.hauntedwalk.com
International Hockey Hall of Fame (613) 544-2355
The Penitentiary Museum (613) 530-3122
MacLachlan Woodworking Museum (613) 542-0543
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes (613) 542-2261
Military Communications Museum (613) 541-5395
Miller Museum of Geology (613) 533-6767
Pump House Steam Museum (613) 542-2261
Kingston Mills Block House (613) 283-5170
Upper Canada Village
Return to the early settlers of the 1860's and see history in the making. You will meet a variety of characters from the past immersed in re-creating all that was a part of 1860's life. What makes it fun, is that all are eager to share the tricks of their trades. From inside log homes and a one-room school house, to prosperous residences and places of business, you will find all kinds of activity wherever you go. For more information www.uppercanadavillage.com
Sandbanks Provincial Park
Giant sand dunes and golden beaches form two of the largest freshwater baymouth sandbars in the world. Go and relax on the beach, build sandcastles with the kids or just enjoy the view. It is only 45 minutes away from the Campground and well worth the drive. We recommend the scenic route along Lake Ontario (Loyalist Parkway), and on the way stop at "Lake on the Mountain".
Lake on the Mountain
It is curious that this lake has a constant flow of fresh water with no apparent source, 60 meters (200 ft) above Lake Ontario. Mohawks offered gifts to its spirits and settlers thought it was bottomless. Come for the magnificent view over Lake Ontario.
Shopping in Westport
The town of Westport is nestled in the heartland of the Rideau Lakes, about 45 minutes north of the Campground. A variety of unique shops invite you to browse for all sorts of antiques, art-works, crafts, jewelry and clothing. Feel a bit "peckish" try one of the many small cafes or restaurants along main street. For more information www.explorewestport.com
Will "Lady Luck" smile on you? 20 minutes east of the Campground is the 1000 Islands Charity Casino. They have 450 exciting slot machines, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker and many more ways to strike it rich.
Movies and Theaters
Catch the latest movie releases at the 10 screen Cineplex or at the 10 screen Empire with IMAX both just minutes from the Campground, or enjoy a family outing in the giant 3 screen "Drive-In" 10 minutes away. The Grand Theater offers "a sizzling summer of Music and Comedy" in June, July and August.
The Kingston area hosts a large number of Golf courses. 18 of them are within a 30 minute drive from the campground. Whether or not you are an "almost pro" or only want to hit a few balls, there is something for everybody.
The many lakes surrounding Kingston all offer good fishing. Loughborough Lake, one of the best fishing lakes in the area is just 15 minutes north and offers guided fishing tours as well as boat and equipment rental. You will find Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout, Perch and Crappie on the end of your line or you might have a good story about "the big one that got away".
Lake Ontario is home to hundreds of lost ships. Come and take a charter from one of the many dive boats that service this area. One of the highlights is the Wolfe Islander II, down to about 85 feet the ferry was sunk after it was decommissioned. It is one of the many beautiful wrecks in the Kingston Area.
Shop 'til you drop. Kingston's premier shopping destination the "Cataraqui Town Centre" with 141 stores and services including The Bay, Sears, and many more are only 7 minutes away from the campground. Other shopping centers' like "Frontenac Mall" are only 10 minutes away. The Farmers Market is downtown behind City Hall every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Our Own Tourist Information Centre
If you require more information on these or other destinations, please ask one of our well informed staff, we have lots of information available and it will be our pleasure to help you.