Kingston was a town incorporated by the first mayor of Kingston, Thomas Kirkpatrick in the year 1838. Then in 1846, the town was incorporated as a city. Kingston city remained an important Great Lakes port and the center for locomotive manufacturing and shipbuilding, throughout the late 19th century and the early 20th century. And even until today, due to its strategic location at the head of the St. Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Cataraqui River beside the border with the US, Kingston is an essential location of vital military importance.
Kingston claims to be the birthplace of ice hockey. It is home to the oldest continuing hockey competition in the globe played between Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada. Anyone who goes to Kingston would also find out that the place is conducive to lots of recreational and sports activities. People who like the outdoors can go skating along with their friends, do some windsurfing, hiking, cycling, kayaking and cross-county skiing. Water lovers can also visit Lake Ontario for some scuba diving or water sports. Individuals into golf would find the city a haven for public golf courses, since it is ranked the first city for the most number of golf courses per capita and the fifth best city in Canada to play golf in.
People who want to enjoy the sounds and sights of nature have numerous options when it comes to choosing wildlife areas and parks. Amongst the more well-known parks all over the city consist of: Sharbot Lake Prov Park, Bon Echo Prov Park, Frontenac Prov Park, Gould Lake Cons. Area, Charleston Lake Prov Park, Rideau River Prov Park, Stoco Fen Prov Nature Reserve, Lemoine Point C.A., St. Lawrence Islands National Park, Lake Ontario Park, Lake Ontario, Sandbanks Prov Park, and Adirondack Park, New York.
The main bulk of Kingston's economy is in its establishments and public sector institutions. Some of its most famous sectors include health care, education (Royal MIlitary College of Canada and Queen's University), tourism and culture, manufacturing, government (correctional services and the military), development and research. The top 10 largest companies of Kingston City include: Canadian Forces Base Kingston, Queen's University, Limestone District School Board, Kingston General Hospital, StarTek, Correctional Service of Canada, Invista Canada (previously DuPont), Kingston City, Hotel Dieu Hospital, and Providence Continuing Care Centre.