Between Canada's two large cities of Montreal and Toronto, is Kingston. Kingston is a mix of the old and the new.
The French settled the area known as Cataraqui in 1673 and established Fort Frontenac. During the Seven Years' War in 1758 the British captured then destroyed the fort.
During the American Revolution many United Empire Loyalists (UEL) and Mohawks fleeing the Americans settled here and the surounding areas.
Kingston was home for the Lake Ontario division of the Great Lakes British naval fleet during the War of 1812.
Shortly after the war, Fort Henry was built on the shores of Lake Ontario to guard the entrance to the Rideau Canal. The fort today is a big tourist destination.
Kingston was for a short period the Capital of Canada. The first meeting of the Parliament of Canada was here. Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald made his home in Kingston.
Kingston is a major port to cruise the famous Thousand Islands nearby.