Local Area Attractions Near 1000 Islands / Kingston KOA Holiday
Places To Visit Around Kingston, Ontario
While our campground may be jam-packed with fun activities and amazing amenities, we know you've got places to go and amazing attractions to visit in and around Kingston, Ontario. Let 1000 Islands/Kingston KOA be your home base! Stay in one of our cabins or park your RV in one of our pull thru or back in sites as you explore this beautiful and historic region and all the activities and attractions available.
Kingston, ON Attractions
If you're looking for things to do in downtown Kingston, Ontario, then you won't be without options. Take one of many historic Kingston tours to travel through time in Canada's First Capital. You can also take one of the many cruise line's Kingston / 1000 Islands boat tours, 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 on the best sightseeing in Kingston to all the gems in this beautiful city. Since Kingston is the perfect location for your vacation or "stay"-cation, don't wait!
Historic Kingston Penitentiary
Visit the infamous Kingston Penitentiary and tour through Canada's oldest and most notorious maximum-security prison. Take a tour through the cells, common areas and much more. The Kingston Penitentiary didn't actually close its doors until 2013, so one of the most compelling features of your tour could be meeting some of the Penitentiary workers who act as "stations" on the tour. Their first-hand accounts can paint a vivid picture and help you imagine what life was like for the prisoners who lived there just a handful of years ago.This is one of the most popular tours in Kingston and highly recommended by all visitors. Tours last one and a half or two and a half hours.
Boat Rentals and Tours to the 1000 Islands
Experience fairy tale castles, exquisite natural beauty, historic lighthouses, and luxurious mansions on your boat tour of the 1000 Islands. Let us arrange a cruise for you to enjoy the magnificent views of the 1000 Islands. Scenic narrated boat tours meander between islands, under bridges, and through channels, sharing the colorful history of this archipelago. You'll hear stories of industry titans and bootleggers, as well as social elites and pirates. You'll also experience the awe-inspiring wonder of famed Boldt and Singer Castles. Cruises are one and a half or three hours and depart daily. Treat your family to a lunch or sunset dinner cruise through the islands up the St. Lawrence River. Kingston 1000 Island cruises start only minutes away from our campground. WE HAVE DISCOUNT COUPONS AVAILABLE. Or, if you're looking for a more hands-on experience, there are plenty of boat rentals within 30 minutes of the campground!
Old Fort Henry
Fort Henry national historical site is Kingston's award-winning premier historic attraction and outdoor military museum. The original fort was built during the War of 1812. A second fort was completed in 1837 on the site of the first and is the historic landmark that visitors enjoy today.Fort Henry presents a fun and stimulating visitor program daily from 10 a.m. to 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, visit www.forthenry.com.
Explore the fine grounds and historic halls of Bellevue House. Built in 1840, 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, in the late 1840s. One can imagine that the seeds of Canadian democracy were planted on these historic grounds.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 1840s. You'll be treated to information about the site and stories about Sir John A. Macdonald's legacy and Canada's Confederation.
Confederation Tour Trolley
When visiting the area, you can take one of the historic Kingston tours — and what better way than on board a jolly red 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. You'll learn all about Kingston's vibrant history dating back 300 years and how its heritage continues to impact the nation.Highlights of this entertaining hour-long 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 Rideau Canal is an important part of history, and the locks are operated today much as they were when they first opened in 1832. Take a boat tour and enjoy the ambiance of the passing scenery. Or, enjoy a drive along the waterway through the heart of Old Ontario. For more information, visit www.rideau-info.com.
The Haunted Walk
We dare you to take the haunted walk, an evening walking tour through the 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 nearly three decades, this eery tour through Kingston has been haunting locals and visitors alike. For more information, visit www.hauntedwalk.com.
Upper Canada Village
Return to the early settlers of the 1860s 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 1860s 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 schoolhouse to prosperous residences and places of business, you will find all kinds of activity wherever you go.Before you end your visit, enjoy some shopping at one of eastern Ontario's biggest gift shops. Or experience some historical cuisine at one of the on-site eateries. For more information, visit www.uppercanadavillage.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 has many eery twists and turns just waiting to be discovered as you learn its tragic storied past. 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, visit www.hauntedwalk.com.
Will "Lady Luck" smile on you? Just 20 minutes east of the 1000 Islands/Kingston KOA Campground is the Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands. They have 450 exciting slot machines, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker and many more ways to strike it rich. There's also delicious dining on-site, so you don't have to stop the fun to eat a great meal.
Kingston is the museum capital of Canada and features over 20 museums and protected historic sites. Whether you prefer niche specialty museums or grand national treasures, you're sure to find something that sparks your interest. Many locations provide guided tours or special programs and exhibits. Here are just a few notable sites:
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
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 mountaintop 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 and enjoy a picnic with your family. Or, skim across the water in a canoe and get an up-close view of its mysterious depths.
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. The Grand Theater is another incredible attraction, offering "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 area also boasts one of Canada's oldest links, established in 1884.
The many lakes surrounding Kingston all offer excellent fishing opportunities for avid anglers and amateurs alike. 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 just have a good story about "the big one that got away."
Lake Ontario and the 1000 Islands are 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 about 85 feet, the ferry was sunk after it was decommissioned. It is one of the many beautiful wrecks in the Kingston Area.
One of the best things to do in Downtown Kingston is shop 'til you drop. Kingston's premier shopping destination, the Cataraqui Centre, features 141 stores and services, including The Bay, and many more. This locale is only seven minutes away from the campground. Other shopping centers, like Frontenac Mall, are just 10 minutes away. The Farmers Market downtown behind City Hall is another must for every avid shopper. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, get up early to enjoy the fresh produce and artisanal products.
1000 Islands/Kingston KOA Tourist Information Centre
If you require more information on these or other destinations, please ask one of our well-informed and friendly staff. We have lots of information available, and it will be our pleasure to help you.