Sometimes known as Limestone City due to the large number of historic limestone it houses, Kingston is located at the junction of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands, 93 miles (150 kms) from Ottawa and a few miles further to Toronto.
The city’s main attractions for tourists are Kingston’s picturesque waterfront, historic Fort Henry, freshwater sailing and boat cruises around the Thousand Islands and their castles, and fresh-water wreck diving on a dozen of the best wrecks in the world (out of almost 100 sunk near Kingston).
Bad for the environment but great for diving, zebra mussels have invaded the area recently and cleared the water to a remarkable degree so visibility is startling.
Southwest Ontario cities worth visiting if time is available: Windsor, Stratford and Kitchener.
North Ontario attractions: the city of Thunder Bay, Quetico Provincial Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound.
Ontario’s Main Festivals
February, weekends only, Ottawa Winterlude Festival features parades, dances, snow races, ice sculptures, sleigh rides and more, but especially skating. If you love skating, this is a definite must-do.
Mid-May, Ottawa Tulip Festival, a five day city-wide street party for all ages surrounded by 100, 000’s of tulips.
End of July-August, one week, Toronto, Caribana Caribbean carnival, complete with parades of calypso bands, parties, ethnic foodstuffs and dancing in the street.
July, Ottawa, Canada Day, free concerts, marching bands, fireworks and other events.
May-November, Niagara-on-Lake, Shaw (theatrical) Festival.
For some more precise dates see: English Speaking Festivals