Kingston is a small city in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence, almost exactly halfway between Montréal and Toronto.
As the first (very short lived) capital of Canada, Kingston was originally settled in 1673 as Fort Frontenac. Today, Kingston is one of the most historic cities in Canada with numerous churches, old buildings, pictorial neighbourhoods, and 19th century fortifications. The city provide venues for nightlife such as clubbing and pubbing, and provides weekend escapes for people living in the neighboring cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. There are ample historic sites and museums to visit, as well as many lively summer events.
Kingston is the home of two universities, Queens University and Royal Military College, and one college, St. Lawrence College. Along with tourism, these educational institutes and the students they attract provide much to the citys local economy. Kingston is also the home to a number of prisons.