Thinking of moving to Kingston but unsure of what the city has to offer? From children to older adults, this city has something for everyone! Check out this list of 6 reasons why you should move to Kingston.
Location: Kingston is nestled in the perfect location, on the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, right in the heart of Eastern Ontario. It is ideally located midway between Toronto and Montreal and just 2 hours from Ottawa, giving many options for escaping short distances to larger cities. For those looking to explore, nearby is the Thousand Islands and Prince Edward County tourist regions. Kingston is located just 45 minutes from the Alexandria Bay point of entry into the United States. Kingston is the perfect location for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities but still in close enough proximity to take quick and easy trips.
Four Seasons: Experience the four seasons in Kingston, each offering its own beauty and charm to the city. From summer nights to snowy days, Kingston’s beauty is even more magnified in the changing of the seasons. Kingston embraces each season and offers numerous events and activities no matter the month. For more on that, visit our Out and About blog where we share things to do in Kingston each month!
Restaurants: Kingston is known to be diverse in its restaurant industry. It has been ranked number six for the greatest number of restaurants per capita in all of Canada. With a cosmopolitan feel, there are plenty of different options to satisfy your palate; from Indian cuisine to Spanish tapas, pubs to fine dining, the flavours and experiences are endless!
Retirement: Kingston has been ranked in the top 10 places to retire in Canada. With its quaint charm, Kingston provides a small-town feel and sense of community. Kingston is diverse in its 55+ community, making up roughly 30% of the population. There is an abundance of top-rated retirement homes and an extensive list of health care services throughout the city allowing for easy access when needed. The Senior Association in Kingston offers hundreds of programs, from arts and crafts to fitness and wellness. The city offers an abundance of entertainment and activities, indoor and outdoor. With ample social activities and easy access to senior services and healthcare, it is no wonder Kingston is the perfect place to retire. For more on why you should retire in Kingston, visit our blog post “Retiring in Kingston“.
Entertainment: There is no shortage of things to do right here in Kingston. Whether you are looking for history and museums, events and festivals, or anything in between, we have it all! Kingston is home to 24 museums and historic sites, along with various art galleries and studios. Known as the ‘Limestone City’, Kingston has an abundance of heritage buildings that were constructed out of the limestone just beneath the surface in which they were built. For those who enjoy theatre, we have the Grand Theatre and the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts. Kingston hosts numerous festivals each year, including Limestone City Blues Festival, the Kingston Buskers’ Rendezvous, and many more. The Leon’s Centre offers sports and entertainment, from local hockey games to larger performances by famous artists. Want to enjoy the great outdoors? Spend time on the lake or hit one of the amazing trails around the city. The list of things to do is endless- there really is something for everyone. We have only scratched the surface here!
Lifestyle: Overall, Kingston ranks very high for quality of living. When you live in Kingston, the air feels cleaner, the animals appear happier, and strangers just seem nicer. This city provides an exemplar sense of community, which keeps the people coming and the residents staying. With a lower cost of living compared to larger surrounding cities, access to premium health care services, top-rated educational opportunities, desirable neighbourhoods, and little-to-no traffic, it is no wonder Kingston is such an appealing city to live in.
We hope this list of 6 reasons why you should move to Kingston has served you well and perhaps even intrigued you into moving to the Kingston area. Reach out to us today with any questions you may have about moving to the city or just a friendly chat from a fellow Kingstonian. Cheers!