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destination Making the Grade in Kingston, Ontario! by Annette Redican P roudly laying claim to living large in the limelight, this mid-sized gem of a city declares “It’s not a crime to enjoy the spotlight…and Kingston enjoys being front and centre as a premier Canadian destination for travellers.” Strategically situated on the Eastern end of Lake Ontario at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui River, “The Limestone city,” so called as it is replete with charming 19th Century Limestone architecture, sits at the gateway to the 1000 Islands and Ontario’s only UNESCO designated World Heritage site, the Rideau Canal, including Fort Henry and the Kingston Fortifications. The vibrant city, halfway between Toronto and Ottawa, is a bountiful mix of history, art and culture, superior attractions and critically-acclaimed cuisine. All of which is to say Kingston stands ready to serve as the perfect backdrop for groups with a taste for the extraordinary. For the student market, Kingston is the obvious destination for robust itineraries that effortlessly marry hands-on learning with desired student outcomes. Of particular interest for this budget-minded sector is the incredible number of very low or no-cost activities that can be combined to create a program that compliments and enhances classroom curriculum. The engaging itinerary, “A Day In Kingston For Free,” features no fewer than nine fantastic sites ranging from the Correctional Services of Canada Museum to the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Center to Royal Military College Museum. Safe to say no classroom experience can match the excitement of the immersion experienced via the Soldier’s Overnight Program offered at the National Historic Site of Canada, Fort Henry. Much more than just a dry history lesson, budding intellectuals are exposed to the actual routines of a day at the fort in the 1860s. The full-day/overnight program begins with an m Orientation Tour after which the class is outfitted in replica British Army Uniforms which remain theirs for the duration of the experience. Classes, taught in 1860s style, are held in the military schoolroom. Suffice to say y the kids might find the experience a bit more utilitarian than they are e used to! There is lots more to do and see before retiring to the Barrack ack Room for some well-earned shut-eye, ye, not the least of which is the evening’s Ghost Hunt wherein soldiers lead students through the fort’s underground tunnels reputed to be inhabited by friendly ghosts. Then come the morning…closing out the experience with a bang…it’s up early to the sounds of crackling rifles! For a student itinerary that is sure to make the grade, think Kingston! These itineraries, along with many other suggestions, can be found in Tourism Kingston’s comprehensive guide, “A Teacher’s Handbook 2012-2013.” The recently revised guide is chock-ablock with suggested group educational opportunities suitable for Grade 1 to Grade 12 and encompassing a wide variety of subjects and strands. The guide is available through Connie Markle, conference and travel trade manager at Tourism Kingston, While a perfect location for students, traditional tour groups are also quick to give the city an A+. Kingston’s impressive ability to meld the beauty of yesterday with the sophistication of today makes for a destination with broad appeal. Groups will be charmed by Kingston’s museums, art galleries and historic sites. From small, specialized museums to National Historic treasures, Kingston boasts an astounding array of sites to see. For fun-central, be aware that every year Kingston is host to several internationally-renowned events, including the Limestone City Blues Festival, Buskers’ Rendezvous, Chilifest and Feb Fest to name a few. And Kingston is truly a shopper’s paradise, serving up tasteful selections in many eclectic boutiques and shops in its downtown core and at a number of fashion outlets. Tourism Kingston’s Markle says it best: “From finding the best places to stay and dine, to choosing from among our many attract attractions and taking advantage of special programs or locating motor coach facilities, progra the answers to your group travel questions a question are all right here in Kingston!” Kingston ■ Read The Road Explorer online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2012

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Canadian Travel to the U.S. Continues to Grow
Electronic On board Computers
Capital Gains
Making the Grade in Kingston,Ontario
200 Years of Joie-de-vivre
Buyers' Guide
List of Advertisers

The Road Explorer - Summer 2012