By Shaina Amienyi
Kingston
Canada
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Many vacationers are drawn to Kingston, Ontario because of its proximity to the water; it is located where Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and the Rideau Canal meet. Its 19th century limestone architecture contributes to the beauty of the city. This beauty is what brings vacationers to Kingston, but its history, attractions, and activities are what keep them coming back.

Norman Rogers Airport (YGK) is the main gateway to Kingston and operates daily flights to and from Toronto. To book your flight with EscapeWizard.com, visit the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Kingston is a city with accommodations that provide hospitality and service with a touch of sophistication. For help booking your hotel, look below for our top selections in the city; the number one selection being the Holiday Inn due to its high quality service. Just click on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to the hotel portion of EscapeWizard.com.

Kingston is a city of museums and galleries. With over 20 museums and over 30 art galleries, Kinston provides plenty for vacationers to explore. For example, we at EscapeWizard.com suggest visiting the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University. The Art Centre features a collection of 14,000 historical and contemporary art works. Home to Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site (the Rideau Canal), Kingston is rich in cultural history. EscapeWizard.com recommends experiencing the Fort Henry National Historic Site, part of the canal. One of the fort’s events is the Sunset Ceremony, a battle re-enactment featuring military music, bayonet drills, and the Fort Regiment. In winter, bring the family to sled or toboggan down the hill at Fort Henry.

If interested in outdoor recreation, EscapeWizard.com suggests visiting the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. The area provides ski trails and skating rinks in the winter, as well as facilities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Vacationers can also use the Cataraqui Trail, a multi-use trail that permits horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, skiing, and bicycling.

Kingston is also well known for its water sports. Its clear waters, along with the 200 shipwrecks off of Lake Ontario, make it a popular scuba diving destination. Also, the wind on Lake Ontario is great for kite boarding, windsurfing, and sailing; in fact, Kingston is heralded as the Freshwater Sailing Capital of the World. Vacationers can also rent a canoe or kayak down Kingston’s adjacent lakes and rivers.

The city has numerous activities and events to entertain vacationers. EscapeWizard.com suggests taking part in these events which are offered during almost every season. Summertime celebrations include the 1000 Islands Poker Run, Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, and the Limestone City Blues Festival. If you are visiting during the fall, stop by the Kingston Jazz Festival, Lime Wire Music Series, Chilifest, or the Kingston Multicultural Arts Festival. In winter, join almost 30,000 other spectators at Feb Fest.

When time to look for that perfect gift to commemorate your visit to Kingston, Ontario, start looking downtown. Downtown offers major chain stores as well as specialty, gift, and fashion boutiques. Next try Cataraqui Town Centre, the largest shopping center in the Kingston area.

From a host of outdoor activities including golfing, diving, and skiing to numerous festivals and museums, Kingston, Ontario offers something that every member of the family will enjoy. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to book your next vacation to the Limestone City by clicking on the above link.
Hotels in Kingston
By Shaina Amienyi
Four Points by Sheraton Kingston
285 King Street East, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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The Four Points by Sheraton Kingston is an excellent choice for vacationers. The hotel provides close access to top attractions such as 1000 Islands, Confederation Trolley Tours, and more. The hotel is also near the Royal Military College, Queen’s University, and City Hall. Check-in is at 3pm, and checkout is at 12pm. The front desk is open 24 hours, and porters will assist you with your bags at check-in.

Each of the hotel’s 171 rooms and suites offers balconies with magnificent views of Kingston or Lake Ontario. Rooms feature a television with in-room movies for entertainment and a fridge, microwave, and coffee maker for refreshments. Sit at the Executive desk and access free high-speed internet. Standard rooms feature one king bed or two queen beds, and suites feature a king bed in the bedroom and a double sofa bed in the living area.

After you settle into your room, see what the rest of the hotel has to offer. There is a fitness facility, so you do not have to worry about missing your routine workouts. You can swim in the indoor heated lap pool. Afterward, unwind in the whirlpool or sauna.

When you get hungry, go to the King Street Sizzle Restaurant & Bar, which features contemporary décor, an open kitchen, and inviting banquettes and booths. The restaurant has two private rooms with plasma TVs, making them great for special occasions. You can dine on the Sidewalk at Sizzle (seasonal) or grab a drink from the ice tower.

Host an event in any of the 10 meeting rooms, the biggest of which is about 4,500 square feet. Meeting facilities are non-smoking and come with audio/visual equipment and free high-speed internet access. You can prepare for meetings in the business center that offers copy and printing service and high-speed internet.

Choose the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston for a hotel with comfortable accommodations, state-of-the-art business facilities, and hospitable services. This hotel is great for all types of travelers. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your room at the Four Points.
Hotels in Kingston
By Rose Overbey
Holiday Inn
2 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
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The Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel is the place to stay if you're looking for comfort and convenience during your visit to Kingston, Ontario. The location of the hotel is ideal for those visiting the Canadian Forces Base Kingston, but it is also moment from downtown and many other exciting things to see. Of course, you can see some of Kingston's best sights from the hotel itself! The hotel is situated on the waterfront, so that you can view the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. These beautiful bodies of water provide the backdrop for a wonderful stay.

The Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel caters to a wide variety of guests.  Those traveling for pleasure will be thrilled with the amenities the Holiday Inn offers. There is an indoor and outdoor pool, so that guests can enjoy a dip any time of the year! The indoor pool area also features a whirlpool and sauna, allowing guests to really relax into the setting. Guests will be impressed with the fitness center! It offers a variety of work out equipment, ranging from free-weights, to treadmills, lifecycles, and more! There is also an on-sight fitness staff available for consultation and direction during a majority of the day.

Of course the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel staff know that sometimes work needs to get done on the road, which is why there is a business centre in the hotel. It includes a PC, free wireless internet access and a variety of other amenities to ensure you get your work done. The Holiday Inn also offers guest the ability to hold meetings and other events in the hotel. Guests have their choice of over 8,500 square feet of space to choice from. There are a variety of meeting rooms guests can choose from, whether they're meeting with 4 people, 40 or 400! The hotel also has facilities for other special events, such as weddings, parties or banquets. A hotel staff member will be happy to assist you in planning an event at the Holiday Inn.

The Holiday Inn also is home to the DOX restaurant. Situated to be facing the waterfront, the restaurant is a great place to enjoy a meal any time of day. The food is first-class and service rivals that of any great restaurant. Of course if you prefer to just grab a drink, the DOX lounge is the place to go for an innovative cocktail or snack. Guests who prefer relaxing in their rooms, will be thrilled to discover the hotel offers room service. Good food is only a call away.

The rooms themselves are comfortable and guests will enjoy the choice of a basic room, executive room, or suite. Each option includes free internet access, coffee maker, cable TV -- and more! EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).