By: Roberta Santos Souza Dias
Kingston is a city in the South East of Ontario. The city is vibrant and has a lot of energy, outdoor life-style and a lively day and night spirit embraced by the university students. The city also has a lot of history and it is a military community. The city offers a variety of green spaces, great restaurants, open markets, nature trails and facilities that suit all ages. It is quite common to see people running, cycling and being active throughout the streets and parks.
What I love about Kingston:
- Green spaces
Along the Lake Ontario waterfront or one of the many bays you can easily find a quiet and relaxing spot to read your book, have a picnic, do some exercise or just appreciate the scenic view. The summer memories are endless in Kingston.
To get around Kingston you have many healthy options that are encouraged by the City: walking, cycling, or by public bus. The bike lanes are safe and lead you to scenic view along the waterfront and across the city. Kingston citizens are very respectful and polite. You will be amused to see how cycling is not about how old you are, but how you can be more active!
Queenʼs students have a free pass to the public bus system which makes student’s life quite easy and enjoyable. You will find a lot of other students that share the “journey” with you.
- Food and restaurants
The City of Kingston has a fantastic culinary scene in downtown with a very large selection of great restaurants. Whether you want Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, BBQ, or a simple burger, Kingston has it all.
The Market Square located in downtown is home to an excellent Farmer’s Market during the spring and summer months. Here you can buy fresh vegetables and fruits grown at the local farms, as well as delicious maple syrup and beautiful handmade crafts. In the winter, the Market Square becomes an outdoor skating rink among other activities year round.
Kingston is a safe and fantastic place to come to study and live, with a high quality of life and lots to do.