Nestled where the St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, and Lake Ontario meet, Kingston is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Peoples. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the immense beauty of the territory’s natural landscape. The city’s lakeshore location has earned it a reputation for some of the best freshwater sailing in the world and – as one of the oldest cities in the country – Kingston is also home to the world-renowned 1000 Islands, UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal and Fort Henry.
Pair the grand heritage, history, and architecture of Kingston with the city’s dynamic cultural life for a truly distinct getaway. Leave the car behind as you explore the pedestrian-friendly downtown core’s limestone streetscapes dotted with restaurants and bars offering some of the best food and drink you’ll find anywhere, and an abundance of independent shops and boutiques offering only-in-Kingston finds.
With over 100 different sport venues, Kingston has every sport season covered. Most facilities are located within a 15-minute walk or drive of our 5,200+ accommodation rooms and 140+ dining establishments. Historic and hip. Kingston has it all.
Tourism Kingston will provide the following services for your sport group:
- Bid and event support
- Coordinate partnership with stakeholders (public and private sector, media, hotels, venues, businesses)
- Lead bid committees and marketing campaigns
- Financial incentives and grant application support
- Distribute RFPs to accommodation providers
- Source venues and transportation
- Coordinate site tours for prospective clients
- Measure pre-event economic impact using STEAM2.0
- Event marketing and promotion (press releases, media conferences, website content, social media)
- On-site visitor information booth
- Facilitate host hotel requirements
- Recommendations for local attractions and itineraries
- Delegate VIP cards for exclusive Kingston offers
We look forward to hosting you in Kingston!
TOP 5 REASONS TO HOST YOUR EVENT IN KINGSTON
Kingston is accessible by car, rail, air, coach or boat. Via Rail connects the city daily to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Additionally, YGK Airport underwent a major expansion in 2019.
2. STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES
Kingston offers newly built and legacy facilities – from the Leon’s Centre, a 6,700-seat arena, to Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, originally constructed for the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Kingston is a major player in the $6.8 billion dollar sport tourism industry in Canada, with venues that accommodate all four seasons and Olympic-level hosting expertise.
4. TO SEE AND DO
Kingston was the first capital of Canada making it rich in history. Tourism attractions such as Kingston Penitentiary, Fort Henry, Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises, Bellevue House, Gord Edgar Downie Pier, Kingston Trolley Tours, and Kingston Food Tours are just some of the unique activities that you can experience during your stay. See more on the Visit Kingston website at visitkingston.ca/see-do/.
Kingston has one of the highest restaurants per capita of any city in Canada with over 140 restaurants and cafes to choose from. Kingston will meet the needs of large events and groups through various catering and dining options. See more on the Visit Kingston Website.