Nestled at the mouth 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.

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 University, the Royal Military College of Canada and St. Lawrence College, as well as a thriving business community. The city hosted the sailing event for the 1976 Olympics and regattas are hosted out of the same venue as was used in 1976, offering a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the Olympic Games.

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Population: Greater Kingston – 168,000

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

At/Near the Venue :

On King Street:

Supermarkets/Grocery Stores:

  • Loblaws (Bath Road Road and Sir John A MacDonald St)
  • Metro (310 Barrie St)
  • Bearances Grocery  (115 Livingston Ave)
  • Food Basics (1225 Princess St and 33 Barrack St.)

Popular Restaurants:

  • Downtown Kingston is renowned for its restaurants, featuring over 100 restaurants in a 9 block area.  Eat + Drink
  • Take a walking tour with Kingston Food Tours to experience Kingston’s thriving local food movement

Ahoy Rentals:

Bicycle, Paddle Board , kayak and sailboat rentals.

The special CORK rate is $75 per bike per week, lock and bike helmet included

Bareboat Sailing Charters out of :Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Tanzer 26 & C&C 30

To reserve by credit card contact Ahoy

Kingston Transit:

Kingston Transit is offering CORK participants a special “events pass”.  The cost is $10 for unlimited travel for 4 days.  You can buy multiple cards to suit your schedule.   Visit the CORK Regatta office to purchase.

Transit Maps/Information

Athletic Facilities

Queen’s University Athletic & Recreation Centre $12.00 weekly pass  ( must show ID to purchase)
The 24,500 square foot cardio & strength zones offer the latest fitness equipment and over 10 tons of free weights.


Summer hours: 
Monday to Thursday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm