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A list of retirement homes in Kingston Ontario. *An asterisk on the right of each name denotes that this residence matches your search criteria from information provided from a previous year and/or little further information is available. Facilities listed without an asterisk, have provided detailed up-to-date information for 2019 .

1499 Stoneridge Drive Kingston ON K7M 9H9
KINGSDALE CHATEAU  (Retirement Homes)  *
520 Kingsdale Avenue Kingston ON K7M 9B6
2485 Princess Street Kingston ON K7M 3G1
ST. LAWRENCE PLACE BY REVERA  (Retirement Homes)  *
181 Ontario Street Kingston ON K7L 5M1
833 Sutton Mills Court Kingston ON K7P 2N9
800 Edgar Street Kingston ON K7M 8S4



Kingston is in eastern townships of Ontario, on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is situated halfway between Toronto and Montreal. The city has been dubbed the "Limestone City" because of all the heritage buildings in the area that were built using local limestone.

The population of Kingston currently sits at 123,363 as per the 2011 census, and the population of the metropolitan area is 159,561. The population of the city tends to experience a high rate of turnover because of the large student population (approximately 10%) that attend Queen’s University and military residents that work with Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston.

From 1996 to 2001, the population of Kingston grew slowly - 1.6% - compared to an increase of 6.1% for the entire province of Ontario.


The first permanent settlements in Kingston and surrounding areas started in approximately 500 AD, before the arrival of the French explorers. The Wyandot people who were a part of the Huron Nation, were likely the first group of aboriginal people to settle in the area and were eventually uprooted by Iroquoian groups.

The city of Kingston came to be after an increase in European exploration to North America in the 17th century. Explorers,Traders and Fur Trappers expanded from their operational centres in New France. In 1615, French explorer Samuel de Champlain headed to the Kingston area.

These explorers chose to establish a base nearby to local Native residents in an effort to control trade. As a result, a French Military Fort and Trading Post was founded in 1673 at a site called "Cataraqui.” It was located at the mouth of the river of the same name. The outpost, named Fort Cataraqui, became a hub for European settlement. New France was eventually conquered by the British, who then renamed the area Kingston. 

Because of Kingston’s location, at the Rideau Canal entrance to Lake Ontario, it was the main economic and military centre of Upper Canada. Following the completion of canal construction in 1832. Kingston was incorporated as a town in 1838, with Thomas Kirkpatrick named its first mayor.

Kingston became a critical Port with the growth of trans-shipment and forwarding businesses. After the Rideau Canal was completed, cargoes could be transported more securely since it was possible to bypass the St. Lawrence River route.

On February 10, 1841, Kingston was named the first capital of the Province of Canada, and continued to remain a critical military installation. Once a part of the County of Frontenac, Kingston is now a separated municipality.


Kingston is well-known for its historic sites and has 1211 properties that are listed in the heritage register.

Fort Frontenac was designated a historical site in 1923, and was originally a French trading post that provided as a gateway to the West and a French outpost against the English and Iroquois forces of the time.    
Queen's University is a very popular educational facility in all of Canada and was founded in 1841. The university was the first university west of the maritime provinces to allow the admission of women.
Kingston Penitentiary is Canada's first large federal penitentiary and was established in 1835. It remained in operation until 2013. Its layout provided a model for other federal penitentiaries to mimic for over a century; its huge stone wall and north gate is an impressive local landmark. Many more prisons sprung up in the greater Kingston area, including Millhaven Penitentiary, the federal Prison for Women (which closed its doors in the 1990’s), Frontenac, Collins Bay, and Joyceville Institutions.
The Kingston General Hospital was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995 because it remains the oldest public hospital in the country that is still operational with the majority of its buildings still intact. It is at this site that the remains of 1,400 Irish immigrants who perished in Kingston throughout the typhus epidemic in 1847 and while escaping the Great Famine. In 1966, their remains were re-interred at St. Mary's Cemetery in Kingston.
The Rideau Canal was designated a World Heritage Site in 2007, one of just 15 such sites across Canada.


Kingston hosts many festivals throughout the year, including the Limestone City Blues Festival, Kingston WritersFest, Artfest, the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the Kingston Jazz Festival, and the Reelout Film Festival.
The modern arts scene in Kingston features two historical non-profit venues downtown: The Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Kingston City Hall and Market Square are also a popular go-to destination for both tourists and locals alike. It features a landmark dome, and its design reflects Kingston’s’ status during the time of construction as the capital of the Province of Canada. Founded in 1801, the Kingston Public Market is the oldest public market in the province of Ontario.


Visit the Bellevue House, a mid-19th century museum which was briefly the home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald. The Italianate mansion is asymmetrical and houses many antiques and a garden, with staff dressed in period costumes.

The Grand Theatre was once an opera house, then became a movie theatre. Today, it is now Kingston’s premier venue for concerts, theatre, and comedy. The Kingston Symphony orchestra regularly performs here.

Fort Henry National Historic Site is a restored British fortification that dates back to 1832. It overlooks Kingston from its hilltop, providing a picturesque view of the city below. Colourfully uniformed guards who are trained in military drills put on displays all throughout the day. The Garrison Parade takes place daily at 2:30pm from late May to early September.

The City offers Senior Citizens of the greater Kingston area a variety of instructional and recreational programs year-round. Whatever the season seniors have opportunities to learn a new skill, develop a new interest or just get in shape for that next big event There is the Seniors Association that is a not-for-profit, charitable organization specializing in recreation and leisure activities for today’s active, older adults. 


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