Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and centrally located between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in the world-famous Thousand Islands, Kingston combines small-town accessibility with big-city convenience for an experience that will make you feel right at home. Founded in 1673, a one-time United Empire Loyalist stronghold and a key base of British operations during the War of 1812, Kingston served as the first capital of the United Canadas from 1841 to 1844. While museums, heritage artifacts and dozens of impeccably preserved limestone buildings serve as reminders of the city's illustrious past, Kingston really shines in the present day. Ranked the 3rd best place to live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine, Kingston has a beautiful and historic downtown core that's home to a vibrant, eclectic collection of shops, restaurants and live entertainment venues.
The Limestone District School Board provides public school services to elementary and secondary-school aged students. The Algonquin and Lakeshore District Catholic School Board provides a faith-based alternative, and private school options range from Montessori schools to Waldorf-inspired programs to specialized programs for special needs students and culture-specific programs.
Finding a doctor in a new city can be a challenge. Queen's Health, Counselling and Disability Services makes it easy for you to access the care you need with family physicians, nurses, counselling services and dedicated services for students with disabilities all in one convenient, on-campus location.
For life-threatening medical emergencies, go Kingston General Hospital's emergency department which is located on King Street very close to Queen's campus. For urgent medical emergencies, go to the Hotel Dieu Hospital which is located on Brock Street, about five blocks from the Queen's campus.