As the vibrant urban hub of Eastern Ontario with a population of 170,898, Kingston offers its residents an unbeatable lifestyle, first-class amenities, and short commute times. Founded in 1673 at the confluence of three major waterways, Kingston is the third oldest city in Canada. Nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many picturesque limestone buildings that dot the cityscape, Kingston has a storied military and political history. It was chosen as the first capital of Canada on February 15, 1841, and served in that role until 1844. Kingston was also the home of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald; first of many famous Kingstonians.
The world has taken note of Kingston and, over the last decade, the city has garnered numerous national and international accolades recognizing its exceptional qualities: