While we managed to squeeze in the final post from our Best of 2009 review on New Year’s Day, today’s post is technically Kingstonist’s first of 2010. One of the most interesting tidbits I came across over the holidays was the Canadian Travel Commission’s new series of video advertisements for the Limestone City. I should clarify that Kingston was not singled out, rather we are one of many communities getting the YouTube treatment. The online video ads profile various businesses, personalities and locations that are unique to Kingston, ranging from le Chien Noir to the Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery and Fort Henry. While the videos are very professional looking, I couldn’t help but wonder if this is the best Kingston has to offer? aBy that I mean, are the featured locations interesting, and different enough to honestly attract more tourists to Kingston?
After you hit the play button on a few of the videos below, please sound off with your initial thoughts. Was the Kingston nightlife video a joke? What locations would you have featured instead? Will these videos give a jolt to Kingston’s economy?
The Fort Henry National Historic Site is located in Kingston, Ontario. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a popular attraction for both local residents and tourists alike. Explore Fort Henry, and the numerous activities available on site — including historical reenactments of military drills, and collaborative performances with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Silent Drill Platoon.
The Thousand Islands Cruise is a popular attraction in Kingston, Ontario. Join Cruise Director, Ulysses Reeve, on a group tour through the islands.
Kingston, Ontario boasts a strong artist community, with a wide variety of shops, galleries and studios. Join Alexi Hunter on a tour of Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery — a popular store and open studio, where he demonstrates the art of glassblowing.
Join Beare Weatherup, owner of the Frontenac Inn in Kingston, Ontario. Originally built as a Bank of Montreal branch in 1845, this building features a rich sense of history that has been maintained throughout its recent renovations.
Le Chien Noir is a celebrated French bistro in Kingston, Ontario. Located steps from the city’s historic Market Square, it features contemporary cuisine served in a relaxed, stylish atmosphere. Join Head Chef, Derek MacGregor, as he discusses the area’s rich selection of local wines and fresh ingredients — all of which he references for inspiration when putting together new menu items.
Kingston, Ontario boasts a popular nightlife and social scene. Join local residents, as they explore the wide array of bars, lounges, pubs and restaurants in the area.
Again, please take some time to offer your thoughts below.