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in february i went up to mont-tremblant for a couple days of skiing. i slept on the floor at my friend's student apartment in ottawa, drove a 8+ hours to and from the mountain, skied in minus a billion degrees (and none of the double diamond runs were even open!), dug through a snowbank to escape a parking lot we were boxed into, and were kept up all night by rowdy roommates under the influence of certain illegal substances. now i’m no buzzkill, but i can eat mushr…. i mean drink beer any time i want. i go to a hill like mont-tremblant but once a year and when i do i want to be rested and alert! no ottawa or mont-tremblant pictures – my camera was in the car the whole time. but on the way home it warmed up a bit so i stopped in kingston. kingston has probably the nicest downtown of any small city in ontario, unless of course you don’t like queen’s students, ex-cons, and soldiers. It’s definitely worth visiting to check out the limestone architecture.

overlooking the city from the east


classical domes are big in kingston






this is ontario street, drinking spot of choice for queen’s students. it’s pretty empty during the day.


the harbour in february. royal military college is across the river.


kingston city hall overlooks the harbour and a small park. the frontenac county courthouse is a near carbon copy but i totally missed it. no shots of queen’s university either. maybe next time i’m in the area.








random limestone building






the wolfe island ferry








buildings like this sit between ontario street (kingston’s version of queen’s quay) and the water. once you get away from city hall this is the way the waterfront has been developed. graffiti on the hoarding: “pave paradise put an apartment block”. why do I get the feeling that “paradise” was a parking lot?


“well that’s nice and all but is there no retail? no funky coffee shops or second hand stores? no antique stores for tourists? no upscale shopping?” princess street has what you need. it runs perpendicular to the harbour and is one of the busiest main streets i’ve been on in ontario.






































and i’ll leave you with kingston’s nightmare on princess st. hey, they can’t all be winners :tongue3:
 

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I live in Kingston, and I must say that building, is such an ugly piece of work. It sticks out like a sore thumb downtown.

Sorry for the massive bump, but I've been looking for a good thread about Kingston. I also see that you added a picture of The Merchant. Awesome little pub, it's where I spent my 19th birthday.
 

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Very impressive retail... cool to see GAP and Heel Boy, The Body Shop, and other such stores right downtown, on Princess Street. I believe there's an American Apparel there too?

The private stores are just as important, if not more, but I can't comment on how good they are because I haven't used them in Kingston before. ;)

Anyways, thanks for the phototour! It was good :)
 

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Nice shots. Look forward to the Queens photos if you stop by again. I have to choose between Kingston, London and Toronto for teachers college, so this thread helps to make Kingston look all the better an option.
 
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