Those who want to escape the heat of the southern U.S. in the summer might want to consider heading on up to Canada for a couple of months for a change of scenery. Those who retire in Kingston, Ontario, even if just for the summer, will be enchanted with this great little town with so much to offer.
Kingston is midway between Toronto and Montreal on Lake Ontario. The closest big U.S. city is Syracuse, New York. Kingston has a population of 123,000 in the metro area and 14% of those are retired. The area has been settled since before the Revolutionary War when many royalists fled north. There are several forts in the area from that period and the War of 1812. History is everywhere.
If you settle in Kingston for a season, you will find water sports of all kinds on the lakes and rivers and bike riding trails along the waterfront. The Kingston Symphony will be in full season. There are also plenty of galleries, summer festivals, hiking, and shopping. If you are into golf, know that Kingston is said to have more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in Canada – so bring your clubs! The temperatures range in the high 60’s to high 70’s.
If you are bringing the RV, there are several really nice Good Sam parks, as well as private and provincial parks in the area. Make sure you have reservations well in advance – this is a very popular place in the summer!
We found furnished one bedroom rentals in the $900 range, not far from downtown.
Kingston is a great place to retire for a summer. Plenty to do, culture, history, festivals, all in a temperate climate by the lake.