Saturday, December 25, 2010

Kingston - Part 1

Welcome to my hometown of Kingston, Ontario, Canada

It's an old city, established in 1693 and was Canada's first capital and home to the first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.  Later the capital was moved 100 miles inland to Ottawa as it was feared that Kingston was too close to the U.S. since it was located on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in City Park
Because of Kingston's location it has always been a site of military importance and defense.  There is Fort Henry and four Martello towers, which are now tourist attractions. When I was little, I lived across the road from one of them, Murney Tower.  Now the house has been torn down and replaced with part of the Kingston General Hospital.
Murney Tower, located on King Street in Macdonald Park.
I don't remember ever seeing water in the moat around the Tower.

Beside Murney Tower is this gazebo, a good place for a band or orchestra to play on a warm summer night. The windmills that you can see in the background are on Wolfe Island, about a 20-minute ferry ride away.

The Martello Tower in the water off Centennial Park
Another Martello Tower, this one is near the Royal Military College

More of the tour of Kingston tomorrow....

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