About Kingston

Nestled at the moth of the Rideau Canal and the St. Lawrence River at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, Kingston is a city built on a grand heritage and defined by an exquisite ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today. For a visual tour of Kingston - Click Here

The city dazzles with soaring 19th century limestone architecture and the amenities of a major centre, but retains the fascinating allure of a small town. Kingston is home to Queen’s, one of Canada’s finest universities, the Royal Military College and St. Lawrence College, as well as a thriving business community. The city hosted the sailing event for the 1976 Olympics and the Championships will be hosted out of the same venue as was used in 1976, offering a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Olympic Games.

Population: Greater Kingston – 155,000 (Statistics Canada 2003)

Climate: Proximity to Lake Ontario yields a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Average winter temperature: -8C (17 F), Average Summer temperature: 24C (75 F)

Language: Primary language is English with government services and numerous local business services available in French. Kingston also enjoys thriving French, Asian, Greek, Italian and Portuguese communities.

Nickname: The Limestone City

Twin City: Scottsdale, Arizona

For more information about Kingston www.kingstoncanada.com   


CORK logoIn 1969 a group of enthusiastic sailors decided to establish CORK to host international sailing events off Kingston. The area offers some of the best fresh-water sailing in the world, excellent wind and wave conditions, and a short distance from shore to the race courses. Leading up to the 1976 Olympics, the CORK regatta offered excellent training for sailors, coaches and officials and has since become a fixture on the international calendar. CORK has hosted championships for international classes out of the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour for the past 36 years, including World Championships for 29’er, J24, Byte and Laser II in the past 5 years.  

Working closely with the Ontario Sailing Association and the Canadian Yachting Association, CORK established Youth festival in the mid eighties. Youth festival is a two-day training event held each year, just prior to the CORK regatta. The festival includes seminars, on-water coaching and debrief for young sailors. The annual CORK regatta includes Olympic and international classes, national classes, offshore classes and a special event for the Optimist class. With a total participation of 1300 sailors in 880 boats, it is a magnificent sailing festival, attracting sailors not only from North America, but from all over the world.

The organizers have secured a limited number of rooms at a favourable rate at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel downtown Kingston.


Kingston Logo Kingston is located halfway between Montréal and Toronto. It is accessible by air, road and rail.
City of Kingston web site (maps): http://www.cityofkingston.ca/maps.asp

Air Travel

The options for travel to Kingston vary depending on where you are coming from. Toronto Pearson is the most common choice. Other airports you may consider flying to are Ottawa and Montréal in Canada, or Syracuse in the United States. Considerations are cost, convenience, and the scheduling of connections. Scheduling is the key, as sometimes an inexpensive bus ride might end up being the most convenient. If you want the assistance of a Kingston Travel agent you can contact Odyssey Travel.

Toronto Pearson

Flying to Toronto Pearson gives you the most options for the final leg to Kingston. Note: The only way to directly fly to Kingston is via Toronto.

  1. Air Canada Jazz offers daily scheduled flights between Kingston and Toronto (1 hour flight).
  2. Coach Canada has a bus service three times daily from Toronto Airport right to Queen's Campus (4 hours).
  3. The VIA Rail station in downtown Toronto is accessible by a bus from the airport (2.5 hour rail + 1 hour connection to downtown station).
  4. Rent a car (3 hour drive).
  5. You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (3 hour drive).
Montréal Trudeau
  1. The VIA Rail station at Dorval is very close to the airport and all Montréal Kingston trains stop at Dorval (2.5 hour rail + short connection to the Dorval VIA station.)
  2. Rent a car (3 hour drive).
  3. You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (3 hours).
  1. Rent a car (2 hour drive).
  2. You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (2 hours).
Syracuse U.S.
  1. Rent a car (2.5 hour drive).
  2. You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (2.5 hours).

Note: You will be landing in the USA and will need to have required documentation to enter the United States at the airport. You will then exit the USA and enter Canada through a border crossing located about 45 minutes East of Kingston. Please ensure that you have all of the required documentation if you choose this option.

Rail Travel

VIA Rail service between Kingston, and Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa.


Kingston is on Highway 401, the main East West thoroughfare in southern Ontario. Kingston is about 300 kilometers from Toronto, Montréal and Syracuse, and 200 kilometers from Ottawa. Kingston does not pose a traffic problem, but the traffic in Toronto can get nasty, and you need to traverse Toronto when driving from the airport to Kingston. The airports in Montréal, Ottawa and Syracuse are all more or less on the Kingston side of those respective cities and traffic will be less of an issue.
Directions from Toronto Pearson International Airport: Google Maps
Directions from Ottawa International Airport: Google Maps
Directions from Montréal Trudeau International Airport: Google Maps
Directions from Syracuse Hancock International Airport: Google Maps

City Transportation

Kingston is a small city, distances are short, so taxis are inexpensive. It will cost approximately $15.00 from the airport to Portsmouth Olympic Harbour or St. Lawrence College and $12.00 from the VIA station.
Given advance warning, The OC will provide transportation from the Kingston terminal (air, bus or train) of your choice to the venue.