Kingston’s Etymology – Where Does the Name Kingston Come From?
Kingston first settled in the 1600s on First Nation lands named Katarokwi. Later on, it was referred to as King’s Town in honour of King George III, and then it was shortened to Kingston in 1788. Kingston is also nicknamed the "Limestone City" due to the many heritage buildings constructed using local limestone, including the lakeside Kingston City Hall.
Kingston is a city located in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It is located on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River and the mouth of the Cataraqui River (south end of the Rideau Canal). Kingston is midway between Toronto, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec.
Why Book Student Accommodation in Kingston?
The city of Kingston is rich in history and culture. Kingston is home to Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald (or, Sir John A.), who was also a respected lawyer and counsellor in the city. You can visit his old law office, The Public House, and grab a beer while learning about history. The city is also home to one of Ontario's oldest universities; Queen’s University at Kingston. The university was founded in 1841 under a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The university’s main campus is located within walking distance from downtown Kingston, making it a pedestrian-friendly university for students and faculty.
Weather and Temperature
The weather in Kingston is cold and temperate. The city has an average temperature of 8.4 °C | 47.0 °F. Kingston witnesses a lot of rainfall even during the driest month, with an average precipitation of 102 mm | 43.4 inches per year. February is the driest month with an average precipitation of 65 mm | 2.6 inch, while October is when the heaviest rainfall takes place with an average of 108 mm | 4.3 inches. The warmest month is July with an average temperature of 22.1 °C | 71.8 °F and the coldest month is considered to be January with an average temperature of -5.8 °C | 21.5 °F.
What to Pack and Kingston Local Timing
You should pack all winter essentials such as coats, umbrellas, rain boots, thermals, scarves, and so on to brace yourself during the winter months while at Kingston. As for summer, you should just pack some comfy clothes and enjoy the weather! UTC−05:00 (EST) is Kingston’s local time zone. However, UTC−04:00 (EDT) is the city’s local time zone in summer. Daylight Saving Time in Kingston starts on 14 March (1 hour forward) and ends on 7 November (1 hour backwards), so you should keep this in mind when booking your travels and student accommodation in Kingston.
Is Kingston Urban or Rural?
The city of Kingston is rural.
What are Some Must-Visit Places in Kingston?
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
This art centre includes over 16,000 pieces of art in eight elegant galleries featuring cutting edge contemporary art, Canadian historical art, Baroque-era paintings, and African art.
This is the city’s first waterworks in operation from 1851 to 1952. The building continues to serve the public as a community museum until this day. You can visit the museum and discover its new exhibition Collecting Histories or explore a guided tour of Ontario Street.
Fort Henry is one of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can visit it and experience 19th-century military and civilian life, musical performances, military demonstrations, and its museum.
Transportation in Kingston
Kingston has a regular ferry service that operates between downtown Kingston and Wolfe Island. Seasonal ferry service from Cape Vincent, New York, via Wolfe Island, into downtown Kingston is an alternate route to and from the United States.
Megabus (Coach Canada)
Megabus provides regular bus service from the Kingston Bus Terminal to Toronto and Montreal. It also operates a limited-service shuttle between Toronto Pearson Airport and Queen's University in Kingston.
A local municipal bus service.
Kingston Access Services
This service provides an accessible bus service to people with disabilities who aren’t able to use Kingston Transit.
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Other Student Accommodation in Canada
Besides having facilities for student accommodation in Kingston, Casita offers student accommodation in these Canadian cities:
Ajax, Brampton, Brossard, Burnaby, Calgary, Clarence-Rockland, Dundas, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Gatineau, Grey Highlands, Halifax, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Markham, Mississauga, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pelham, Peterborough, Saskatoon, St. Catharines, Surrey, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Wollaston.