There are a couple of things that you just can't ignore when you're in Kingston. One is ice hockey. From my earliest memories I remember being told that hockey started in Kingston. British soldiers stationed at Kingston and Halifax played the first recorded hockey games in Kingston in the mid-1850s. The first amateur hockey league was organized in Kingston in 1880. Since I lived across the road from Lake Ontario, I was on skates around the age of 2 or 3.
There are skating rinks in parks all over the city. Recently, this skating rink was built on the Market Square behind City Hall. In August, this is the location of the main stage for the Limestone City Blues Festival. There are other stages throughout the city, but the main one is here..
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No trip to Kingston, or anywhere in Canada, would be complete without a stop at Tim Horton's. It's not just a coffee/donut shop, it's an important way of life. It doesn't hurt that it was created by a hockey player. He would never get to see how huge his enterprise would grow as he died in a car accident, driving home after playing in a game in 1974.
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I hope that you enjoyed the little trip through Kingston. I didn't include everything, but these are some of the highlights. Today, I'm on my way to Toronto and fly back to Denver tomorrow morning. The vacation was very enjoyable, but passed by much too quickly.