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Enjoy a beautiful lakeside vacation at Kingston, ON, Canada

Kingston, ON, vacation rentals are popular for good reason. This city is situated right along the shores of Lake Ontario, offering beautiful lakeside vistas and watersports, as well as attractions of all kinds, including the Thousand Islands region, and the many heritage buildings that were built from local limestone. These, in fact, have given Kingston the nickname of the Limestone City. As the original capital of the Province of Canada, it has a rich historical legacy that perseveres even to this day. Enjoy all the activities and entertainment this town has to offer on a trip you won’t soon forget.

Things to do

Top Kingston attractions include history, culture, theatre, and more

There are plenty of popular attractions in Kingston to allow you to soak up local history, arts, and culture. Start with a visit to the Fort Henry culture museum to experience how military life felt during the 19th century. Then, check out Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises, enjoying first-class entertainment and fine food. A Kingston Penitentiary Tour lets you see the darker side of history, while the Grand Theatre is one of the largest cultural venues in the region. If you’re a foodie, book your Kingston, ON, vacation rentals and take a classic Kingston Lunch Tour or Beer & Bites Tour!


There’s always something to do in Kingston, any time of year

When you secure a Kingston, ON, vacation rental, you want a vacation that’s going to keep you occupied, providing exciting family fun experiences. Many vacation spots boast about the nightlife and bar scene, which Kingston certainly has for those looking to celebrate, but there's simultaneously plenty of things to do with the kids. Summer and fall are full of festivals, like the Kingston Ribfest & Craft Beer Show, Haunted Kingston, the Fall Princess Street Promenade, and more. There are also many options for museums and culture, with a burst of water activity options on Lake Ontario during the warmer months.


A cool climate makes for an enjoyable visit to Kingston

The Kingston region is considered to have a moderately humid continental climate. This means that the summers are cooler than other places, and the winters also tend to experience colder temperatures. As a result, winter is probably not the best time to visit, given the cold climate and occasional heavy snowfalls. The spring, summer, and fall are more ideal, though heavy rains often come during the spring. As with most vacation destinations, the prime season for visitors in Kingston is the summer. You can get better deals and still enjoy good weather, however, in the late spring or early autumn.

Natural features

Forests, waterfront vistas, lakeside activities, and more, all at Kingston

The geography of Kingston allows for a wide range of features. There are many forests and tree species with abundant water from the nearby Lake Ontario. The natural limestone quarries that have given the region its nickname are a major economic resource, and notable waterfront features include the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Wolfe Island, Collins Bay, Garden Island, and the Flora MacDonald Confederation Basin. Outdoor activities, from sailing to soccer and even freshwater wreck diving, are popular here, while hockey and curling gain traction during the winter. The local geography lends itself to many nature experiences for travelers and locals alike.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Kingston

Fly into Kingston, ON (YGK-Norman Rogers), the closest airport, located 5.8 mi (9.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Watertown, NY (ART-Watertown Intl.), which is 28 mi (45.1 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Kingston Station.

Where to stay around Kingston?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 208 vacation rentals near Kingston. From 84 Cottages to 84 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kingston for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kingston?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kingston. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Queen's University: 69 vacation rentals
  • Lake Ontario Park: 60 vacation rentals
  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes: 68 vacation rentals
  • St John's The Apostle Catholic Church: 70 vacation rentals
  • International Hockey Hall of Fame: 70 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kingston listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Kingston?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 84 Cottages in Kingston. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kingston include:

  • Cabins: 84 rentals available
  • Houses: 78 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 84 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kingston?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Kingston. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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