Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel | (613) 549-8400 | 2 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A2

Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

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Fort Henry

Street Market

Spring & Summer Activities

  • Golf at any one of Kingston’s prestigious local area golf course.
  • Sunset Ceremonies at Fort Henry – recently designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)
  • Shipwreck Diving in Lake Ontario with one of many local charters.
  • Enjoy the “Music in the Park” series held in Confederation Park adjacent to the hotel.
  • Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise, or the beauty of a Sunset Cruise with 1000 Islands Cruise Lines, only steps away from the Holiday Inn.
  • Check out our special rate for exciting events, such as concerts, motocross shows, comedy shows and many more at the newly built Leon's Centre, just steps away from the hotel.

Fall & Winter Activities

  • Take in an OHL game with the Kingston Frontenacs or one of the many other exciting events taking place at the newly constructed Leon's Centre just steps away. We're your centre stage for every event!
  • Bring your skates and enjoy outdoor public skating in Market Square.
  • Take in a live show at The Grand Theatre.
  • Visit one of Kingston’s local Conservation areas. Hiking, Cross country skiing, bird watching and more at Gould Lake, Lemoine Point, Little Cataraqui Creek, Marshlands and Parrott’s Bay Conservation Areas.
  • Don’t forget about shopping! Enjoy a brisk walk downtown and visit some of the many unique boutiques and shops. On the colder days, take the trip up to the Cataraqui Mall for some indoor shopping. The choice is yours!

Local Links of Interest

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from guests of our hotel. Hopefully you will find this information useful. If you have a question that is not on the list, please feel free to contact the hotel, it would be our pleasure to assist you.

1. Q: What are the hours of the fitness centre?

A: The fitness centre is open daily at 6am and closes at 10pm.

2. Q: What time is check in/out?

A: Check in time is 3PM. Check out time is 11AM.

3. Q: Does your hotel allow Pets?

A: Yes, pets are allowed on the first floor rooms of the hotel. Please review our Pet Policy page for details on bringing your pet.

4. Q: Can I request an early check-in/late check out?

A: Due to the variables involved when requesting an early check-in, we cannot guarantee such a request, however we will make every effort within our control to accommodate. Late check outs can be granted to IHG Rewards Club members as late as 2PM without charge, depending on availability for that night.

5. Q: What are the hours of the restaurant?

A: DOX Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 6:30am to 10:30am for breakfast and from 5:30pm to 10:00 pm for dinner. Sundays, the restaurant opens from 7:00am to 10:30am for breakfast and from 5:00pm to 9:00pm for dinner.

*Subject to change based on business demands

6. Q: Where is the restaurant located?

A: The restaurant is located on the 1st floor of the hotel.

7. Q: Where are the pool and fitness centre located?

A: The pool and fitness centre are on the main level, down the adjacent hall to the front desk.

9. Q: Do you have dry cleaning services?

A: Yes, we have same-day dry cleaning services Monday to Friday.

Current Weather

Kingston Weather

Kingston typically experiences warm, humid summers, and mild, snowy winters. Because of its proximity to Lake Ontario, Kingston enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year. Normal high temperatures in June, July and August range from 21°C to 25°C, while daytime temperatures in December, January and February are normally around the freezing mark. The city also receives 150-175 cm of snow during the winter months.Visitors may prefer the more seasonable seasons of late spring, summer and early fall, as water activities are accessible at that time.

What to pack


Early spring can be quite unpredictable in Kingston, with daytime temperatures in March and April near or below 10°C with the occasion chance of below freezing temperatures and snow. May brings a noticeable warmup, with daytime temperatures averaging near 12°C.

Autumn is quite mild in Kingston. Mid October usually brings the first frost.


  • Warm clothing that can be layered during the day
  • Light waterproof rain coat
  • Warm coat for the evenings


In the Summer months (June, July, August) Kingston experiences warm, humid summers.With high temperatures in the range of 21°C to 25°C.


  • Short sleeved shirts & shorts for the daytime
  • Light sweaters, and pants for the evening
  • Light waterproof rain coat or windbreaker


In the Winter months (December, January, February) Kingston experiences mild winters, with temperature typically in the range of -3°C to -12°C. Kingston normally receives approx. 150 cm of snowfall during the winter months.


  • Warm/Heavy coat
  • Waterproof boots/shoes
  • Gloves, scarf and warm hat

About Kingston, Ontario

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The city of Kingston is known as the fresh-water sailing capital of North America and prides itself in being a major port for scenic entertainment cruises of the breathtaking Thousand Islands. The 1000 Islands are one of nature’s great masterpieces.

They are a group of islands, large and small, that occupy the St. Lawrence River shared by both Ontario and New York State. The First Nations people who inhabited the area long before the arrival of the first settlers called it the "Garden of the Great Spirit."  Having been surveyed by the British, many of the islands of any size bear the name of a British Admiral, battle or ship.




Kingston is said to be “a city built on a grand heritage and defined by an exquisite ability to blend the beauty of yesterday with the passion and sophistication of today.” Kingston is nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many historic buildings built from limestone.

When you visit, you’ll find there’s an endless array of things to do. Its bustling urban heart is the home to businesses offering all the amenities of a major city center, but retains the quaint allure of a small town.

Enjoy the galleries, as Kingston boasts the third largest art collection in Ontario. Take a guided tour via trolley, on foot or on a boat where professional guides can give you an excellent synopsis of the area’s history and current day life. If you like to explore and learn, each of Kingston’s museums is unique in its contribution and you’ll be fascinated by some of the best collections in Canada.

Visit Fort Henry and experience the majesty of the thundering cannons and delicate flutes of the world famous Sunset Ceremonies each summer.  Take a lunch or sunset cruise on the Kingston harbour. The Kingston nightlife can feature witty and wonderful local stage performances; and when the lights are dim, the music and events begin for late-night lovers of pubs and bars.

Kingston is also a choice destination for the growing trend in extreme sports with a wealth of opportunities for rock climbers, mountain bikers, scuba divers and other adventure seekers.

An activity that is beginning to become popular in the Kingston area is shipwreck diving. Because of the coolness of the waters, several wrecks dating as far back as the mid 1800’s can be visited in waters reaching approximately 22 - 110 ft. in depth.

Also among the deep water goods are machinery, bottles, anchors and what is presumed to be cannonballs from the War of 1812. Several of Kingston’s dive operators can assist to make the dives an interesting success.

Natural beauty surrounds Kingston, and the city itself boasts one of the largest per capita green space areas in Ontario with 180 parks and 2,500 acres of maintained ground. Experiencing Mother Nature here is as simple as taking a stroll in one of the historic parks or riding a bicycle along one of the city’s beautiful trails.

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  • Sleep In Sundays
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