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Private One Bedroom Unit - Steps from Queen’s, KGH
My newly renovated private unit is a short walk away from Queen’s University, Kingston General Hospital, and Providence Care. I am across the street from The Isabel Bader Centre, the new Breakwater Point Beach is just a five minute walk away, and the Kingston Pen Museum is just down the road! The public transit line is located a few steps away. Due to the Covid if our municipal regulations change for allowing Airbnb guests I may have to decline your request. Thanks for your understanding
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LOVELY COZY Portsmouth Harbour Apartment
Enjoy a peaceful stay at our Portsmouth Village Apartment! Walking distance to downtown Kingston, within a couple minutes walk to the water (can see it from outside our door on the street!), and close to all the amenities you'd need for a comfortable stay. Retro kitchenette and bathroom add to the style of this cozy basement apartment (separate entrance). Close to lots of amazing bars, restaurants, Queens University / St. Lawrence College - and kitted out for a great time.
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Bachelor Apt close to Queen's/downtown Kingston
This third-floor apartment is VERY close to Queen’s University as well as Lake Ontario and historic downtown Kingston. It has its own private entrance at the back of the house up a set of outdoor stairs. It also has air conditioning and includes parking for one car. The homeowner lives on the first two floors, making this the ideal space for someone looking for a quiet space close to Queen's and downtown Kingston.

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Stay near Kingston's top sights

Photo of Kingston Penitentiary
Kingston Penitentiary90 locals recommend
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Kingston City Hall30 locals recommend
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Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises46 locals recommend
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Cataraqui Centre6 locals recommend
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St. Lawrence College9 locals recommend
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Lake Ontario Park37 locals recommend

Houses in Kingston

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Bedroom with private bathroom
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Single room 2 - great value!
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Private Home Near Downtown
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Bright and Spacious Primary bedroom
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cozy room (1 of 2) in downtown home
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Historic modern suite downtown Kingston
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Historic Sydenham Ward Home Steps from Downtown
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Capitan Burn's House on Wellington
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Cozy Private Two Bedroom Unit - Best Value
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cozy room (2 of 2) in downtown home
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Double bed with private bath
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Stylish, cozy place for your stay in Kingston
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Pet-friendly apartments

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Hidden Studio in the Heart of Downtown Kingston
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Renovated, cozy 1-bed guest suite. Free Parking.
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Heritage Loft in Downtown Kingston
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Modern Victorian Main floor Suite downtown
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Waterfront 2 bedroom unit overlooking creak
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Walk to Historic Centre & Queens U
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Bright, spacious & clean!
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Queen's exchange students, walk downtown, large
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Two bedroom Apartment Suite
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Large 2 bdrm apt 5 minutes from Downtown Kingston
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Country apartment 10 mins from downtown Kingston
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Modest Attic Apartment
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Apartments with kitchens

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Angels room
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Spacious Historic Downtown Stableman's House Loft
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European-Style Suite, Downtown with Parking --
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Historic Apartment Downtown Kingston
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Trendy “hood” area 2nd floor apartment
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Quaint & Cozy Getaway
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Beautiful APT in heart of downtown
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Gorgeous APT in heart of downtown
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Hideaway in the Hub
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★Duplex Apartment Downtown Free Parking+Fast WIFI★
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Portsmouth Harbour & Park View: Sunny & Private
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★ Spacious 2 Bedroom Duplex + Free Parking ★

Your guide to Kingston

Welcome to Kingston

Canada’s first capital city mixes historic sites, arts venues, and outdoor activities. Tour Bellevue House National Historic Site to learn more about the country’s early days, or visit Fort Henry, an early-19th-century British fort that’s now a living history museum where costumed interpreters march in military bands or teach lessons in the fort’s schoolhouse. Home to Queen’s University, Kingston also has several museums and a waterfront performing arts centre with regular concerts and lectures.

You can base yourself in Kingston to explore the Thousand Islands region along the St. Lawrence River, head for the hiking trails and lakes of Frontenac Provincial Park, or paddle to see the Indigenous pictographs on the cliffs above Mazinaw Lake in Bon Echo Provincial Park. Back in town, Kingston has lots of good restaurants and bakeries, and you can find fresh produce and other local foods at the Kingston Public Market, Ontario’s oldest continuously operating public market.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Kingston?

While the warm, humid summer is Kingston’s busiest season, the best time to stay in one of the area’s cottage rentals is in the fall (and the months leading up to it), when the large crowds have returned home, the weather starts to cool, and arts activities are back on the calendar. In July and August, Fort Henry hosts weekly Sunset Ceremonies with music and fireworks over Kingston Harbour. The autumn colours around Kingston are normally most vibrant in October, making it a good month to head outdoors. Many Kingston-area attractions are closed between mid-October and mid-May, during Ontario’s cold, snowy winters. Winter is best for an arts- and food-focused visit, or for cocooning indoors by the fire.


What are the top things to do in Kingston?

Kingston Penitentiary

Canada’s oldest maximum-security prison housed many of the country’s most infamous criminals, beginning in 1835, when the imposing stone structure opened on the Kingston waterfront, until it closed in 2013. On a tour of “The Pen,” your guides, many of whom are former prison guards, walk you through the cellblocks, recreation yard, and isolation units, and share stories of life on the inside. For even more details about Canada’s prison history, stop into Canada’s Penitentiary Museum in the former warden’s residence opposite the prison, which includes sobering exhibits about how prisoners were disciplined through the years.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

This modern art museum on the Queen’s campus exhibits works by Canadian and international artists. Among the noteworthy collections at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre are contemporary Canadian artwork, works by Indigenous creators, and Canadian historical art.

The Thousand Islands

From Kingston, you can reach some of the more than 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands region that spans both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. Take a boat cruise from Kingston’s waterfront, or kayak around the islands in nearby Thousand Islands National Park.

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