Kingston is a Canadian city on Lake Ontario, at the mouth of the Cataraqui and St. Lawrence rivers. It’s known as the “Limestone City” for its grand 19th-century buildings, including the lakeside Kingston City Hall. We decided to take a day trip to explore while my chap is on business there. I had a pleasure of exploring this gorgeous city, well despite the blistering cold and snow storm I had the best time.
My first stop was a coffee shop in front of the city hall. I planned on working from there with my laptop while overlooking the skate park, watching people skate. The plan did not work as the coffee shop does not have a plugged to charge my laptop! ha tho I did enjoy their London fog and the friendly staffs. I end up going to another place further the Princess Street.
Afterwards, we checked out Fort Henry as well, near the city hall.
The famous The Prince George Hotel, infamous as a haunted hotel. It was even featured in American television program “Ghost Hunters”.
We also checked out and had a tour of Hochelaga Inn. We were supposed to stay overnight here but there was a snow storm to hit that last two days so we needed to go back to Toronto sooner than we anticipated.
Hochelaga Inn is probably one of the gorgeous bed & breakfast I have ever stumbled upon. It was built in 1879 by Sir John McIntyre a lawyer, who built a spy room up in his attic to see who’s going in and coming out of the justice hall which was a few minutes away from his home.
Hochelaga Inn is within a 5-minute walk from various shops and restaurants in the city centre of Kingston. It features free WiFi access and a free daily breakfast. Coffee and tea is served all day.
The surrounding neighbourhood is also a must see, if you’re a history buff like I do and has a big admiration for Victorian Era, this is the place to be.
You’ll also get to enjoy the fireplace by the lounge area while sipping to your hot coffee or hot chocolate. We spent quite a few minutes here before checking out the rooms.
This is the breakfast area, we arrived during lunch time and missed the breakfast.
Definitely missed out on an awesome breakfast.
I also took a photo of the glass decor on the front door, this glass was part of the original decor that was installed when the house was built in 1879.
Our first stop was the room on the main floor. It’s probably my favourite part fo the house as it has a higher ceiling and very beige and modern twist to it.
Heading upstairs we were shown another room with a different feel to it.
Who couldn’t say no to blue and white porcelain tea pots and decor?
The last room and the most expensive one is the Tower Room. It has the spy room above when you climbed the stairs. It is also served as the yoga room.
After the tour of the house and a promise of going back, we bid farewell and headed out to get lunch along the way home.
We also stopped by the famous now historic site of Kingston Penitentiary a former maximum security prison. From 1835-2013. I recommend doing a tour here as well.
Of course, we end up our trip to another historic place for Lunch. The Sir John’s Public House. A Scottish Pub! and it was once the law office of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald from 1849 to 1860.
I actually felt like I was transported to U.K, across us was a couple of real Scottish guys with their accent and beers!
The food is also delicious and simple, straight to the point.
I ordered the salmon and chips.
The chap had the Montreal Corned beef Sandwich.
We left around 2pm and we did hit the snow storm on the way home. It was my first time experiencing it and it was truly terrifying and scary. Our Car (we drove a range rover this time because of the long travel and heavy snow) was all frozen and had to stop each time we spot a gas station to take out the chunk of ice in front our windshields. We made it back around 7pm and skipped dinner and went to bed straight. It was such a great trip, just too bad we didn’t get to stay overnight as weather played a big role. if we stayed we could have watched the Lumina Borealis a light show that is so spectacular at night. A must see show at night and got extended till March 18.
So I hope you liked this day tour as much as I did!