I typically take you on a garden tour on Sundays, but today we’ll be heading over to the downtown area of my beautiful city. We’ll be concentrating mainly on the waterfront area this time around. Hopefully, sometime in the near future, I will have more photos to share of the restaurants, shops and street life. There are a lot of photos in today’s post, so I will try to keep the text minimal. Try.
The focal point of downtown Kingston is its picturesque harbour where you see friendly momma and poppa ducks...
...and their large (holy cow -- that’s a huge family!) brood of children.
The ducks are so used to people that they’ll take food right out of your hand.
These boys were really enjoying feeding the ducks. Do you see the bread in one boy’s hand?
Not wanting to miss the opportunity at free grub, you’ll find just as many geese as you do ducks hanging around.
They don’t have as many babies.
But their kids are just as cute.
Kingston is surrounded by water and Kingstonians take full advantage of it.
There are watercrafts everywhere.
This Martello tower, called Shaol Tower, is a small defensive fort that was built in 1847, and was occupied by soldiers until 1870. 16 of these towers were built in Canada but only 11 of them are still standing. Four of them are located in Kingston.
What would a waterfront be without seagulls?
Seagulls hanging around lots of other seagulls...
...and even hanging around pigeons. Although, these two look pretty annoyed with each other, don’t you think?
This pigeon prefers to be alone. Perhaps it’s introverted. [snort]
People love hanging around this area to relax, feed the ducks, take photos or just enjoy the view.
You can’t have all this water without a lighthouse.
Across from the harbour is the Royal Military College of Canada established in 1876. It is a blend of older, historic buildings and modern academic, athletic, and dormitory facilities, and is located on Point Frederick, a 41-hectare (101-acre) peninsula in Kingston, Ontario. I have visited the grounds and they are spectacular. On my next visit, I will take many photographs and share some with you.
Also across is the Fort Henry National Historic Site; a 19th century British military fortress that is open for tours. I will also share photos with you when I next visit it.
This Martello tower in Fort Henry is now a museum.
Directly across from the city of Kingston is beautiful Wolfe Island, which is located at the mouth of Lake Ontario, and the largest of the world-renowned Thousand Islands. It can be reached by ferry from both Canada and the United States. The ferry from Kingston (Wolfe Islander III) is operated by the Ministry of Transportation and is free of charge.
Oh, look, here it comes now...
As we head back to our car, here is a glimpse of the back of city hall where you’ll find one of the most important outdoor public spaces in Kingston: Springer Market Square. It hosts – among many other things – a Farmer’s Market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from May to September.
And a snapshot of its pretty clock tower.
And finally, my favourite encounter of the day...beautiful horses.
I don’t know what it is about them, but I adore horses. They are such majestic animals.
And that concludes our tour for today of one of my favourite places to hang out in my lovely city. Kingston is a stunning city and I will share more of it with you as my camera and I take pictures around town.