Located halfway between Toronto and Montreal, Kingston offers a mix of old and new. With an urban core featuring shops, parks and restaurants, Kingston has lots to offer. Yet it maintains a small-town feel for its 125,000 residents, many of whom are employed in public sector jobs related to military and correctional services, health care and education.
Known as the "Limestone City" because of its 19th century buildings made of the local material, Kingston was once a trading post in the 17th century. It later became a key military base due to its strategic position at the head of the St. Lawrence River and mouth of the Cataraqui River. Though Kingston has a rich military history seen today in Fort Henry, McNaughton Barracks, and the Royal Military College of Canada, it's also immersed in political history as the resting place of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. One of his residences, Bellevue House, is open to the public and appears just as it would have when Macdonald lived there in the 1840s. Macdonald isn't the city's only famous face though. Kingston is the hometown of Canadian rocker Bryan Adams, who was born in the city in 1959.