Wednesday, June 14, 2023

A trip to Kingston and beyond

So much of Canada is worth visiting, but you might need plenty of time to drive there, so sometimes you like to keep within a few hours of travel. If you take a mini-vacation of a couple of days you can go a little further than easy day trips - like going to Kingston, Ontario which is about a 3 hour trip. 

As a city along the St. Lawrence River the waterfront is a big draw with historical landmarks and a great trail along the waters edge. We stayed in a hotel that looked down on the pier that is used for boat tours, near the ferry that runs to Wolfe Island. You can see engine 1095 behind the Kingston sign in Confederation Park.

One of the 4 Martello Towers in Kingston
Royal Military College (RMC) Arch
Torpedo looking towards the city from the RMC grounds
Kingston Pumphouse Steam Museum
Looking toward the Brock St wharf from our room in the Confederation Place Hotel

Besides biking we enjoyed visiting the Kingston Pen, which was closed in 2013 and turned into a tourist destination, the Royal Military College, some museums and the historic downtown area with some great bars and restaurants. Fort Henry wasn't open when we dropped by so we will save that for another time.
Kingston Pen tour

Driving to your mini-vacation you can always stop along the way, like we did with Reid's Dairy (great ice cream), the Big Apple in Colborne and Primitive Designs in Port Hope.

The Big Apple
Later we drove to Belleville, about an hour away, to see Canada's first railway tunnel which has been converted into a sound and light show worth the visit.
Belleville tunnel

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