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Kingston (Can) - Canada, Ontario

Kingston (Canada) is a city in south-eastern Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the St Lawrence River and at the southern terminus of the Rideau Canal. In the early 1800s, Kingston was the capital of Upper Canada (as the province of Ontario was then known) and its architecture boasts a magnificent classical domed and columned City Hall, built in 1843. With stone towers still guarding the entrance to this harbour town, a strong spirit of colonialism remains. Numerous plaques around town detail the important contributions of individuals and the engaging history of the older buildings. In the city are Bellevue House (1838), once the home of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada and Old Fort Henry, originally built during the War of 1812 and now housing a museum. Established in 1673 as a French trading post, the town developed around Fort Frontenac until the fort was captured by the British in 1758. In 1783 and 1784 the site was resettled by United Empire Loyalists, who named it in honour of George III of England.