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Daily Life

Whether it’s the close connection to nature, the amazing restaurant scene, or the profound sense of community, Kingstonians are among the happiest people in the country.

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There is so much to love about living in Kingston. The people are incredibly friendly, the real estate is affordable when compared to other urban centres, and the commutes are short. The city seamlessly melds rugged outdoor fun with cool urban culture, allowing Kingstonians to windsurf all morning and explore the local music scene at night.

Demographics & Diversity


Kingston’s demographics are changing. Home to a permanent population of 136,685, Kingston is often considered a top destination for affluent retirees. These days, the city attracts a much younger crowd. The 20,000+ students who arrive in Kingston every year to pursue their studies are now joined by a growing number of professionals in search of great careers and affordable homes. Recognizing the cultural and economic value of a diverse population, Kingston is implementing numerous initiatives that are designed to engage talent from diverse backgrounds.

Climate & Environment


Kingston has a diverse weather system with four distinct seasons. As a consistently windy city, Kingston is considered one of the best fresh water sailing spots in the world. Lake Ontario also has a moderating impact on the weather, tempering the summer heat and occasionally increasing precipitation. Additionally, Kingston is one of the most sustainable cities in the country. We take pride in our urban green spaces, lush parklands and swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

How Long?

Although there are many different ways to commute to work in Kingston, they all have one thing in common – they allow you to keep it short.

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Getting Around

Wolfe Island Ferry

The Wolfe Islander III is one of only two free ferries in Ontario. Part of the Ontario Highway System, it operates year-round and connects the community on Wolfe Island with all the amenities in Kingston.

Kingston Transit

Dedicated investments and smart planning have given Kingston one of the best transit systems in the country! With ridership on the rise and electric buses on the horizon, it has never been easier to hop on.

Take a Bike

Kingston is bike friendly city. With 129 kilometers of bikeways already in place and continuous investments in cycling infrastructure, Kingston encourages you to get active on your daily commute.