Kingston, Ontario — The Limestone City.

Kingston ON

City Hall in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Smith School of Business is located on the Queen's University campus in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Nestled on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario, at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, historic Kingston is a thriving community of 141,000 residents, boasting a superb quality of life due to its big-city amenities, waterfront location and rich natural landscape.

Established as a fort in 1673, the city is blessed with a rich civic and architectural heritage, a safe and welcoming environment, and economic anchors of academia, government and industry. Recently, Kingston was ranked as having one of the top three vibrant downtowns of Canada.

More than anything, Kingston is a university town, home to 25,000 students studying at three post secondary institutions, including Queen’s. Within a ten-minute walk from campus, students can access all that our eclectic downtown core has to offer: shops, restaurants and cultural resources, waterfront pathways and the 19th century buildings and homes that signify Canada’s “Limestone City”.

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Located midway between Toronto and Montreal, within two hours drive of Ottawa, and 40 minutes of the U.S. border, Kingston is easily accessible by air, bus or train.

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BBC Travel names Kingston a “great university town”

(November, 2013)

BBC Travel has named Kingston, ON, home of Queen’s University, one of five “great university towns” around the world. The online magazine characterizes these cities as:

  • “close to major metropolitan centres but inclusive enough to exert their own sphere of influence”
  • “liberal and forward thinking”
  • “have culturally vibrant, well-educated populations"
  • “often ranked as some of the most sought after places to live”

Kingston is also lauded for its various cultural institutions and festivals, “excellent job base, varied private and public-sector employment opportunities, and plenty of recreational activities.” The other places listed as “great university towns” are Cambridge, England; Valparaiso, Chile; Madison, Wisconsin; and Uppsala, Sweden.