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I am retired and exploring the world on foot, by canoe and kayak. You see and experience much more this way. No luxury resorts on some tropical beach for me.
Picking raspberries at a local U-pick farm.
Portsmouth town hall, built in 1865 when it was not a part of Kingston. Portsmouth was anexed by the City of Kingston in 1952 which brought municipal water and sewer to the village. Now used for other purposes.
Lions Hall, formerly the Kingston Township Municipal Hall. Built in 1847.
The worlds best fire and rescue boats are built by Metal Craft Marine. This boat is going to Huston Texas along with 2 more. Each has over 4,000 hp. for water jets, not propellers that are vulnerable to impact.
Pump House Steam Museum. It began in 1890 using steam power to supply all of Kingston with municipal water. See the original boilers, the two 4 m. tall, 14, m. long steam engines along with other period artifacts. Kingston first supplied municipal water here in 1849 to prevent epidemics that killed many thousands. Railway tracks once ran the lenght of Ontario Street to here, servicing the ship and locomotive building industry.
Kingston Psychiatric Hospital, Leahurst building. Built about 1850.
Interesting old stone building, purpose unknown. Built about 1850. There appears to be some back filling against the building on this side since it was built.
There are many of these old stone walls inside city blocks in downtown Kingston.
Picking strawberries at a local U-pick farm. You pay only for what you take home, not what you eat.
Portsmouth Tavern serving thirsty sailors since 1863. Kingston had 136 licensed taverns in 1842 for a population of about 8,500, but portsmouth was not part of Kingston then.
Former Bajus Brewery with oak barrels built into the wall near the top. The 3 story part was built in 1861, the south wing may day back to 1794 making it one of the oldest structures in Ontario. In 1842 Kingston had 136 licensed taverns and a population of about 8,500 people.
Princess of Wales Own Regiment armories. The regiment was founded in 1863 and a military museum is housed there now.
Kingston Yacht Club, founded in 1896, is now ready for the winter.
Rockwood House built in 1842 for John Cartwright. Designed by George Brown who designed Kingston City Hall. It is stucco on stone. Now use by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. It would have been heated with wood before 1871, and municipal water was not available in this area until then too.
Rockwood Asylum a fomer psychiatric hospital. Built starting in 1862, completed in 1870 using convict labour from Kingston Penitentiary. It housed the ciminally insane until 1877 after which they were housed at K.P. The province assumed responsibliity for the insane in 1877. The exterior received a major upgrade in 2014, the interior is decrepit and unused.
Queen's City Oil Co. built this in 1909 to store keorsene in 5 gallon oil cans before bulk storage was available. It was used for oil lamps and cars. Later there were two large bulk oil tanks on this side of it, and Imperial Oil once owned it. It is along the K&P rail lines which were used to import the kerosene. In 2014, the City of Kingston sold it for $1. to be converted to condominiums.
Brewery, possibly 200 years old. This building was one of three on the site forming a brewery that was operating in 1878. There was one licensed brewery for every 65 citizens in the area at that time. Today, we call them micro-breweries.
Portsmouth Orange Hall, built in 1878. Many Orange Halls are found in rural areas. Most are very simple box construction and are abandoned. This is one of the best.
Worlds tallest in door climbing gym uses this chimney. There is a guest book at the top and a great view at the Boiler Room Climbing Gym.
Opened in 1853 as the Kingston County Grammer School, and became a primary school in 1890 and is still used as such. Wood was the only source of heat until 1871, when coal came in from Pennsylvania. Gas lights began in 1871 too, powered by coal gas. Electricity was still waiting to be invented.
A billion dollar business was started here. This park is the site of the first Molson Brewery in 1824. By 1842 Kingston had 136 licensed breweries for a population of 8,500. The beer was much safer than the polluted water available to most people. Also see the corner of Barrack and Wellington St. 1.0 km. north of here for the start of the Meagher distillery.
Beachgrove Cottage built in 1893, part of the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital. It served as a full service medical infirmary for Rockwood. Interesting roof lines for that era.
Meagher House, built 1855. John Meagher and his brothers founded the famous Meaghers distillery in 1863 in Napanee. Five of his 13 children were champion figure skaters in their day, winning many gold medals across North America and Europe. It would be interesting to see their preformances compared to the skaters of today.
Air Ambulance landing pad for Kingston General Hospital
Black and White
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Celtic stone fences
Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Depot Creek Reserve
Frontenac Provincial Park
Highway No.2 Ont.
houses of interest
Inca Trail Peru
K P Hiking Trail
Little Cat Con Area
Menzel Nature Reserve
Mile stones Hwy # 2
One room school-house
Opinicon Lake - Rideau Trails
Prince Edward Cty.
Sheffield Con. Area.
Sir John A. McDonald
Stellar Sea Lions
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