“We have just returned from a wonderful home exchange in Kingston Ontario over September and October. We were all first time exchangers and built up a good understanding of each other over email and skype in the 6 months leading up to our exchange and everything worked out really well for us. We had support from Burt and Barbs friends in Kingston from the time we arrived meeting us an showing us around initially while we found our feet and the Car and the car navigator worked really well for us. Kingston is ideally located to visit Toronto,Niagara Falls,Montreal,Ottawa and has easy access to the USA,Thousand Islands Prince Edward Island and some wonderful countryside, lakes and golf courses to the north. We would recommend visiting at the time of year when we did as the weather was great and we saw the whole cycle of the Autumn Fall. Kingston is a very historic city and Burt and Barbs house is a wonderful home set in the older historic part of Kingston within easy distance of Lake Ontario and the City centre. We loved learning about the history of Canada and especially visiting the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. We loved staying in the house there and we were very comfortable and everything was well prepared for us. So thank you Burt and Barb we really enjoyed our stay in your home in Kingston. Richard and Gloria Dennis”
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Where is it?
We are located in Portsmouth Village, which is on the shores of Lake Ontario and a short drive to the heart of downtown Kingston. area. Our neighbourhood has lots of green space, and is just a walk to Lake Ontario Park. Here you can have a picnic or go for a leisurely stroll. There is also a small waterpark for children to enjoy.
Kingston is a vibrant city that hosts many seasonal events such as Busker's Festival, Limestone Blues Festival, and Chilifest. There is a lively Market Square with a farmers market that showcases local produce, crafts and even shows outdoor movies. In the winter, there is outdoor ice skating which is lit up at night. Many specialty shops, patio restaurants and pubs line the bustling waterfront and marina. You can take a boat cruise of the Thousand Islands that leaves from Kingston many times of the day or tour historic Fort Henry and Murney Tower. You can board a hop on hop off bus that points out the many landmarks in the city.
Wineries in Picton, a cheese factory in Wilton, charming shops in Westport, and Upper Canada village are just a few of the attractions close by. There are also larger retail stores, discount outlet malls, and movie theatres (IMAX) theatres for a change of pace. If you enjoy gaming, a charity casino is a 20 min. drive from Kingston.
Kingston, the gateway to the beautiful Thousand Islands and the Rideau Canal, is strategically located two hours from Ottawa, three hours from both Montreal and Toronto, and four hours from Niagara Falls. We are a half hour from the United States border crossing in beautiful upstate New York near the Adirondack Mountains. A 2007 Jeep Liberty will be here for you to drive.
Here is a link to the Kingston tourism website for much more information about the area.
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