Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Canadian Blogger Spotlight: Chrystal from Snowdrop Dreams talks about Kingston, Ontario

Today I'm very pleased to have yet another amazing Canadian blogger in the spotlight. Our first two bloggers were Sarah from Workaday Reads, who talked about hometown authors (plus she's giving away one of 10 books by Kitchener-Wateloo authors!), and Rachelia from Bookish Comforts, who shared her top 10 recommended Canadian books.

In today's spotlight is Chrystal from Snowdrop Dreams, and she's here to talk to us about one of my favourite cities - Kingston, Ontario. 


Top 10 Things To Do In Kingston, Ontario
by Chrystal from Snowdrop Dreams
 
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Fort Henry is quite the place to visit – you can take tours of the entire fort, you can have a lovely dining experience at the restaurant on location, they have sunset ceremonies with classical music/fireworks/cannons in the summer AND in October you can take the Haunted Tour which has always been my favourite time to go each year.

2. Penitentiary Museum
Photos of Correctional Service of Canada Museum, Kingston
This photo of Correctional Service of Canada Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The CSC Museum-Kingston houses an amazing collection of inmate and corrections artifacts. There is a lot to see and do if you are interested in the correctional history of Canada. I found it most interesting to see the different methods that inmates tried to escape, how inmates live and what inmates would do while serving time.

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 This is a wonderful place to go hiking, check out the local birds and make some maple syrup! I love hand feeding the chickadees the most!

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This is another fun and spooky walk to go on through the downtown section of Kingston. They have a regular haunted walk and then a special Hallowe'en walk in October. I've been on this many times and still love it every time!

Two amazing schools in one city. On both campuses the buildings are mostly made of limestone and are amazing in and of themselves. I've done walking tours of the areas just to check out the beautiful buildings.
 
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I just love this old building and the colourful and extravagant fountain out front. Also, this is one of the stops on the Haunted Walk Tour because behind those tall walls of the courtyard hangings used to happen way back when. CREEPY!


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This is a tour I plan on taking this summer sometime...It's a self-guided walking tour where you can learn all about Canada's First Prime Minister and his home.

This is where the wonderful Farmer's Market is held on weekends and many fun events throughout the year. There is a skating rink created here each winter and some celebrity hockey games held (even Don Cherry shows up from time to time). In the summer, the City of Kingston hosts Movies in the Square where families can bring lawn chairs, snacks and blankets and setup to watch movies in downtown Kingston (almost like going to the drive-in, but without the car).
 
9. Take the ferry over and visit Wolfe Island 
Wolfe Island is the largest of the Thousand Islands and they host many festivals throughout the year including Music Fest, Chili Fest and many more. Sometimes I just walk on the ferry and take a ride to the island, get some ice cream and go for a walk along the water.
This is the place to check out amazing plays, muscials, stand up comedy, and concerts. Each year so many great new artists come to Kingston. This year I am most looking forward to the different ballet companies that are coming including Sleeping Beauty. Also, in Spring 2013 Boyz II Men are coming – whoa flashback for me, but I think that would be a lot of fun to go to. 

So those are the places that I suggest people check out if they visit Kingston. I've only lived here for about 10 years and I love this place so much!

About Chrystal: Chrystal is a bookaholic, a wannabe photographer, a sister, a friend, a daughter, a notorious list maker, a DIY gal, a Jeopardy fanatic, a kitty mommy, a proud Canadian, a crafter, and a dreamer. She got her love of reading from her mom, and will read anything that's put in front of her, but she favourite genres are YA, paranormal/urban fantasy, chick lit/romance, dystopian/post-apocalyptic and mystery.

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 Thanks so much for sharing these great things to do in Kingston, Chrystal! I particularly love the Haunted Walk - I did the Hallowe'en one several years ago, but I'd love to do the one at Fort Henry. Kingston is just such a gorgeous, old city, and there's something to do no matter what your tastes are.
 

This post has been part of the Canadian Spotlight Month. Click the graphic below to check out the schedule and all things Canadian here at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. 

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me on your blog today and maybe you will get to visit Kingston again soon! :)

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  2. I love Kingston! It's beautiful, historic, and is a good size city where it can offer a lot of things, but at the same time, has that small city feel. It's one of the places I'd seriously consider moving too! I'd really like to one day visit the penitentiary museum (my friend has went and said it was fascinating!), and do a haunted ghost walk, haha.

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  3. Going to Kingston this weekend. I'm so sad I'm not staying long enough to do any of these things :(

    Great post. I know it is older but yet still so relevant!

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