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At the gateway of the 1000 Islands and the UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal, Kingston is a city rich in history and cultures. We’re a city built on a grand heritage and defined by our ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today.

Ranked as the #12 Sport City in Canada and #3 in Ontario on the 2019 Global Sport Impact (GSI) Canada Index, Kingston is an active sport city year-round. From baseball to sailing, rowing, and hockey, you’ll always find the Athletes of Kingston keeping active.

With critical acclaim as the freshwater sailing capital of the world, to hosting the first organized game of hockey – we are more than just Canada’s first capital city.

Our state-of-the-art sport venues include Olympic and NHL sized arenas (Cataraqui Arena, INVISTA Centre), an Olympic Harbour (Portsmouth Olympic Harbor), FIFA pitch (RMC Dome), along with Ontario’s oldest curling club (Royal Kingston Curling Club) and Canada’s oldest baseball field (Cricket Field). More details can be found in our 2019 Sport Facilities Guide.

Kingston’s unique location is accessible by car, rail, air, coach or boat. VIA Rail connects the city daily to Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. Additionally, the Kingston Airport has undergone extensive renovations and now features two runways and a fully-accessible terminal.

Kingston at a glance:

  • Ranked one of the Best Family Fishing Towns in Canada by FishingBooker
  • Top 3 Sport Host City in Ontario 2019 GSI Canada Index (Overall)
  • Top 12 Sport Host City in Canada 2019 GSI Canada Index (Overall)
  • 8th Best City for Millennials to Live (Point2 Homes)
  • Newly renovated airport with several flights a day to Toronto
  • 50+ hotels – over 5000 guest rooms in the summer months
  • Venue overview: Leon’s Centre, INVISTA Centre, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Queen’s Athletics and Recreation Centre, St Lawrence College, Royal Military College Sports Complex, Fort Henry, Breakwater Park, CaraCo Home Field, Kingston Yacht Club – along with 6 curling clubs, 10 hockey pads, 25+ golf courses and plenty of high schools.
  • Canada’s first capital city (1841) and birthplace of hockey (first hockey game played in 1886 at Kingston Harbour)
  • Hometown of Gord Downie, Don Cherry, Doug Gilmour, Bryan Adams, Dan Aykroyd, and Sir John A. Macdonald

Tourism attractions such as the Kingston Penitentiary, Fort Henry, 1000 Islands Cruises, Bellevue House, Kingston Trolley Tours and Kingston Food Tours are just some of the unique activities that you can experience during your stay.

Our team at Tourism Kingston is prepared and ready to help you plan your next sports event. From coordinating partnerships with stakeholders, offering financial incentives and grant application support, leading bid committees, marketing campaigns and more – our team is dedicated to making your event a success.

Learn more about Sport Tourism in Kingston.

Brooke Leeson

Sport Tourism Development Manager
366 King Street E, Suite #460 | Kingston, ON | K7K 6Y3
m: +1-613-305-1735



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