Kingston - a great place to live, study, work, play, and do business. 

A place to call home & feel welcome
From historic limestone buildings to state-of-the-art housing, Kingston's residents benefit from a superior quality of life and are proud to share it. Boasting short commute times, access to a vibrant downtown core, and first rate educational institutions, Kingston welcomes diversity.

A place to eat
In Kingston, eating is a passion with over 200 restaurants, pubs and patios featuring cuisine from around the globe. Vibrant Asian, Indian, Greek, Italian and Portuguese communities have had a tremendous influence on our diverse local cuisine, and our famous outdoor market has offered local delights for centuries.

A place to be entertained
Artists, performers, authors and musicians thrive in Kingston, making it a great community for creative expression. Kingston has 24 museums, galleries, and national historic sites.  Local musicians play at venues throughout the city, including the Queen’s Grad Club, the Mansion, Musiikki Café, and many more.  National and international performers are featured at the new Isabel Bader Center, the Grand Theatre, and the K-Rock Centre.

A place to play
Kingston has every sports season covered. As the freshwater sailing capital of the world, Kingston has state-of-the-art sports facilities, including over 100 venues.  Outdoor skating rinks host pick-up hockey and recreational skaters.  Two conservation areas, Little Catarqui and LeMoine Point offer nature-lovers a quiet place to hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe.  

A place to learn
Statistics Canada calls Kingstonians the smartest workforce in Canada with the most Ph.D. graduates per capita. As home to three premier post-secondary academic institutions, Kingston offers a diversity of learning opportunities.

A place to stay healthy
Kingston residents benefit from access to leading healthcare facilities, specialists, and research.  Queen’s University Health Services has family physicians and registered nurses with a special interest in the health issues of students.  Two hospitals and a number of walk-in clinics are located close to the university.

A place to breathe
Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario, Kingston is the gateway to the Thousand Islands. As one of the most sustainable cities in the country, we take pride in our urban green spaces, lush parklands, and clear water.

A place to get involved
Kingston boasts a wealth of volunteer opportunities which are continually enriching the community with the ongoing support and participation of residents and students.

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Kingston Economic Development

I've spent more time than many will believe [making microscopic observations], but I've done them with joy, and I've taken no notice those who have said why take so much trouble and what good is it?

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

It's a parts list... If I gave you the parts list for the Boeing 777 and it had 100,000 parts, I don't think you could screw it together and you certainly wouldn't understand why it flew

Eric Lander

What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant

Jacques Monod

The world becomes full of organisms that have what it takes to become ancestors. That, in a sentence, is Darwinism

Richard Dawkins

Shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic life?

Erasmus Darwin

Nature proceeds little by little from things lifeless to animal life in such a way that it's impossible to determine the line of demarcation


Cells let us walk, talk, think, make love, and realize the bath water is cold

Lorraine Lee Cudmore

In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history

Charles Darwin

It is my belief that the basic knowledge that we're providing to the world will have a profound impact on the human condition and the treatments for disease and our view of our place on the biological continuum

J. Craig Venter

Imagine a house coming together spontaneously from all the information contained in the bricks: that is how animal bodies are made

Neil Shubin

A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die - which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct

Charles Darwin

The stuff of life turned out to be not a quivering, glowing, wondrous gel but a contraption of tiny jigs, springs, hinges, rods, sheets, magnets, zippers, and trapdoors, assembled by a data tape whose information is copied, downloaded and scanned

Steven Pinker

We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biologic interest

Rosalind Franklin

We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget

Mary Roach

The systems approach to biology will be the dominant theme in medicine

Leroy Hood

I've always been interested in animal behavior, and I keep reading about it because it's so surprising all the time - so many things are happening around us that we neglect to look at. Part of the passion I have for biology is based on this wonderment"

Isabella Rossellini

Because all of biology is connected, one can often make a breakthrough with an organism that exaggerates a particular phenomenon, and later explore the generality

Thomas Cech

Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Biology is now bigger than physics, as measured by the size of budgets, by the size of the workforce, or by the output of major discoveries; and biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century

- Freeman Dyson

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third

- Thomas Huxley