Kingston Experiences

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Tours

  

  • Year Round Ready Routes

    • Bridges of the Biosphere

    • Myths and Legends

  • Fall/Winter Ready Routes

  • Spring/Summer Ready Routes

    • Defining a Nation

    • Drive the High Points

    • FAB Rocks!

    • FAB Signature Tour

    • Five Forest Tour

    • Hike the High Points

    • Inspired by the Biosphere

    • Long Countryside Cruise

    • Paddle the High Points

    • Short Countryside Cruise

    • Wild about Water

  • RiverQuest Tours

    • Quest of History

    • Quest of the Gilded Age

    • Quest of the Great Outdoors

  • Cycling

  • Hiking

  • Harvest Festival

With so many rivers and streams on the Frontenac Arch, there are many, many bridges. And with a history that reaches so far back in time, many of the bridges have a unique story and architecture. Along the way there are of course lots of heritage features, great places for food and refreshment, viewpoints and galleries to explore.

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A region so diverse in landscape and rich in history is bound to have intrigue—myths and legends that that are part of our unique heritage. While there are dozens of stories to tell (see many more at http://www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca/explore/fab-heritage) this tour takes you to places where several came to be, and live on...be sure to be home before dark!

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This tour will take you to the various sites of military installations and conflicts in this upper part of the St. Lawrence, and Thousand Islands. No war is a cause for celebration, but the sites have a tremendous value in learning and remembering their effect on settlement and development of the region.

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Drive the High Points is an easy tour of FAB high points is this drive day, where the birds eye views are easy walks. See down the Arch into the Adirondack Mountains, view where Lake Ontario becomes the St. Lawrence River, and stand on the edge of a half billion year old fault.

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Journey to the centre of the Arch! The Canadian Shield landscape is familiar to many through the fantastic paintings of the Group of Seven artists. Few people, though, live on this landscape. Because of the rugged and rocky character that makes the paintings so very compelling, it’s a land that does not lend itself to urban development. Rock cuts along roads, many old buildings and bridges, and features along the tour will explore this ancient land, and peel back the layers of time.

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On this adventure to the northwest of Kingston, you will explore the many environments of the region, and could choose a short hike and paddle experiences that will show you the wild side of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere - with local food and art stops on the way. This will be a long day - get an early start.

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It’s a classic case of “location, location, location”. The Frontenac Arch connects the boreal forest of the Canadian Shield to the Appalachian forests of the Adirondack and Appalachian Mountains. And here at the centre of the Frontenac Arch, the St. Lawrence Valley links the forests of the Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. In just over 20 km., south to north, you will go from lakeshore to limestone plains, to the rugged core of the Frontenac Arch.

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Hike the High Points More vigorous hikes reward you with great views of the rugged character of the Frontenac Arch. Wear the right gear, head to toe. Snacks, camera - action!

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See the Frontenac Arch Biosphere through the eyes of artists and artisans. On this tour, find artists at their galleries, in theatres, in their studios and at community hot spots. The route will take you off the beaten path, to the laneways leading to where art lives. Immerse yourself in the arts scene. Bring you brushes, have your camera ready. Inspiration awaits you, around every corner.

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This countryside cruise takes you to and through the heart of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. This is a full day's trip, and the scenery is a contrast to the short loop – the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield and Frontenac Arch.

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Paddle the High Points This outing combines a paddling experience and a hike from a trail head only accessed by water, the perfect way to experience the Frontenac Arch character for those comfortable on the water (North access) - or an alternative route (South access) on land only, if it's too windy or boats aren't your thing.

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This tour requires a little setting up, calling in advance to the Amherst Island locations. The ferry to the island, a short ride, leaves Millhaven on the Loyalist Parkway at half-past the hour; and returns from Stella on the hour. See the gentle countryside on the edge of the Arch.

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Amazingly, 60% of all the lakes on the planet are in Canada. The Frontenac Arch Biosphere is a sample of this Canadian fresh water landscape: over 30% of FAB is lakes, rivers, streams, marshes, lakes and bogs. There are near 3,000 islands, and close to 1,000 lakes and ponds in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere.

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RiverQuest is an initiative created and launched by Brockville’s Aquatarium. It’s focused on one of the most unique destinations in North America, the 1000 Island region of the St. Lawrence River. 

For more information about 1000 Islands RiverQuest, visit www.1000islandsriverquest.com

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RiverQuest is an initiative created and launched by Brockville’s Aquatarium. It’s focused on one of the most unique destinations in North America, the 1000 Island region of the St. Lawrence River. 

For more information about 1000 Islands RiverQuest, visit www.1000islandsriverquest.com

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RiverQuest is an initiative created and launched by Brockville’s Aquatarium. It’s focused on one of the most unique destinations in North America, the 1000 Island region of the St. Lawrence River. 

For more information about 1000 Islands RiverQuest, visit www.1000islandsriverquest.com

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Things to Do

   

  • Arts and Culture

    • FAB Artists & Artisans

    • FAB Galleries

    • Libraries

    • Museums

    • Theatre

    • Attractions

    • Antiques, Shoppes & Bookstores

  • Nature and Wildlife

    • World Heritage Sites

    • Parks & Conservation Areas

  • Water Activities

    • Boat Launches & Docks

    • Boat Tours

    • Canoeing

    • Marinas

    • Swimming Areas

    • Outfitters & Guides

  • Paddling

    • Paddle Routes

    • Public Access Points

  • Cycling

    • Countryside Cruising

    • Family & Casual Routes

    • Transit Routes

  • Walking and Hiking

    • Hiking Trails

    • Heritage Walking Tours

    • Trailhead
    • Frontenac Arch Biosphere
    • Tourism Kingston

Things to See

  

  • Architecture

    • Churches

    • Clock Towers

    • Government Buildings

    • Historic Homes

    • Lodges

    • Metal Shops

    • Schools

    • Shops & Stores

  • Historical Sites

    • Cemeteries

    • Forts

    • Historical Plaques

    • Mills

    • Myths and Legends

    • Railway Sites

  • Water Features

    • Boat Sites

    • Bridges

    • Canal Locks

    • Dams

    • Lighthouses

    • Trailhead
    • Frontenac Arch Biosphere
    • Tourism Kingston

Places to Eat

  

  • Dining Experiences

    • Restaurants

    • Cafés and Bakeries

  • Farms, Markets and Retail

    • Farms

    • Farmers' Markets

    • Local Food Retailers

    • Trailhead
    • Frontenac Arch Biosphere
    • Historic Inns Kingston

Places to Stay

  

  • Accommodations

    • Hotels and Motels

    • Bed & Breakfasts and Inns

    • Camping and Cottages

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    • Explore. Play. Stay.

Community Services

  

  • Transportation

    • Airports

    • Bus

    • Car Rental

    • Carpool Lots

    • Taxi

    • Train

  • Emergency Services

    • Clinic

    • Hospital

  • Health & Medical Services

    • Public Health Units

    • Pharmacy

  • Internet & WiFi

    • WiFi

  • Money & Mail

    • Post Offices

  • Spirits & Beer

    • Beer Stores

    • LCBO

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Events

  • Educational

  • Family

  • Food & Drink

  • Arts & Culture

  • Historical

  • Sports & Recreation

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