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Daytripping in Kingston

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A May 2007 trip to Kingston by girlfromals

Confederation Trolley Tour  Photo, Kingston, Ontario More Photos
Quote: Canada's first capital is filled with more than enough history and attractions to draw me back every spring.

Golden Rooster

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Restaurant | "The Golden Rooster"

Golden Rooster Photo, Kingston, Ontario
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What comes to mind when you think of a restaurant named the Golden Rooster? Something Asian perhaps? Not a Danish deli-style restaurant, right? It is all very confusing! The Golden Rooster, owned and operated by Danish immigrants, is a very popular Danish/European-style deli restaurant located right in the heart of Kingston's historic downtown.I discovered the Golden Rooster on the annual Danish Club's day trip to Kingston. We arrange for a series of open-faced sandwiches starting off with herring, followed by shrimp and egg, and a choice from four other options. I never really made friends with liver paté during my year in Denmark so I opt for roast beef and rollepølse (roll...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2007

Golden Rooster
111 Princess Street
Kingston, Ontario
(613) 542-5676

City Hall Tour

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City Hall Tour Photo, Kingston, Ontario
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On one of my parents' trips out to Ottawa, we decided to head down to Kingston to visit my aunt. We picked one of those ever so frequent hot, sticky days to visit; the pollen was thick and the haze was noticeable as we drove into the city centre. After a stop at my aunt's house, we decided to wander around Kingston's historic downtown full of the limestone buildings for which the city is famous. As we came up behind Kingston City Hall my uncle suggested we head on inside for a quick tour of the building.Kingston served as the capital of the United Province of Canada and it expected to become the capital of Canada. With that in mind, Kingston needed a suitable city hall. George Brown...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2007

City Hall Tour
216 Ontario Street
Kingston

Confederation Trolley Tour

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Attraction | "Confederation Trolley Tour Part I"

Confederation Trolley Tour  Photo, Kingston, Ontario
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Kingston is packed full of history and things to do. On my first two day trips to Kingston, I didn't have a chance to really explore the city. On my third trip to the Limestone City, I was bound and determined to see something, anything! I discovered the Confederation Trolley Tour in a quick online search of Kingston attractions. After my lunch at the Golden Rooster, I headed over to the Kingston Tourist Office to purchase my token for this 50-minute tour through the streets and history of Kingston.Our driver and guide, both students, did a fantastic job of introducing us to Kingston. Our gui...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2007

Confederation Trolley Tour
109 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario

Confederation Trolley Tour

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Attraction | "Confederation Trolley Tour Part II"

Confederation Trolley Tour  Photo, Kingston, Ontario
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Unfortunately, the tour does not go up to Fort Henry, located just across Navy Bay from RMC. The fort is open to tourists during the summer and offers a number of tours and activities, even on the hottest of summer days. I feel sorry for the young men who have to wear uniforms straight out of 1867. Lucky for them they can go home at the end of the day, unlike the young men who served at this inhospitable fort, defending Canada from a potential American invasion. Fort Henry was protected by a series of Martello towers which dot the landscape along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. While the Martello towers, with their removable roofs, seem like a great defensive idea, our tour guid...Read More

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Confederation Trolley Tour
109 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario

Confederation Trolley Tour

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Attraction | "Confederation Trolley Tour Part III"

Confederation Trolley Tour  Photo, Kingston, Ontario
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Queen's University, founded in 1841, was one of the last stops on the tour. Our young tour guide was heading off to university at Queen's in the fall. As we drove through the campus, he noted one of the many buildings named after a particular benefactor. Our guide wondered aloud whether they'd name a building after him seeing as how he was about to give Queen's so much money in tuition. Ah, the sense of humour comes out. Seriously, Queen's offers some of the finest examples of the famous limestone architecture in Kingston. Many of the buildings were constructed of limestone quarried right on site. Our tour guide told us about the Grant Hall bylaw which prohibits construction of any build...Read More

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Confederation Trolley Tour
109 Ontario Street
Kingston, Ontario

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