The area East of Sir John A MacDonald Blvd is considered one of the most cultural in the city. The area stretches South to Princess Street and East to the Cataraqui River. Many of the services ring the outside of the district. There is a significant presence of permanent cultural venues such as the Leon’s Centre (Formerly the K-Rock Centre) as well as temporary events such as Buskers and movies in the square just around the corner at Springer Market Square.
Kingscourt, Markers Acres, Williamsville
The district is quite large, requiring many students to rely on public and School Board transit. Within the community, there are several daycare facilities, both registered and non-registered, as well as several private learning facilities such as King’s Town School. There is an adult learning centre, the Loyola Centre, as well as the H’art School for those with developmental disabilities.
Health and Medical
With the housing density fairly consistent throughout the district, many of the services have developed on the outer ring. There, you will find over ten doctors, ten dentists, and ten massage therapists and at least seven optometrists, seven physiotherapists, and seven chiropractors.
The district is served by half a dozen pharmacies and along the eastern edge, you’ll find the complementary medical hub, Full Circle Health Network, which has counselors, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists among others.
Parks and Recreation
Packed with parks, the district has a wide range of locations for recreation. Not only will you find outdoor areas to spend time with your children, but with your fur-family as well. Additionally, there are several facilities such as Artillery Park Aquatic Centre as well The Kingston Culture and Recreation Centre next to it for swimming and other sporting events like hockey.
The district is also home to Tomlinson Aqua Park, Kingston Axe Throwing, the Boiler Room Climbing Gym as well as the Belle Island Driving Range. Centrally located, you have quick access to anywhere in the city with a short drive.
Oak Street Park
3rd Avenue Park
Molly Brant Point
Max Jackson Park
Belle Island Cataraqui Park
Emma Martin St. Park
Katings – Megafffin Park
Elliott Ave, Parkette
Most of the retail services have been split between three sections in the community. Near the 401 off of Division Street, you will find the King’s Crossing Fashion Outlet stores as well as Canadian Tire, No Frills, and other box stores.
At the southern tip of the district is the Kingston Centre with many more standalone or franchise stores as well as a Loblaws and another Canadian Tire.
If box store shopping isn’t your thing, however, Princes Street offers many smaller and historic shopping locations, many that have been around for generations with the Kingston Farmers’ market held three times a week at Springer Market Square which is within walking distance.
You will find a location for each of the major banks in the downtown hub as well as at the south western edge, in the Kingston Centre area.
This district is very pet friendly with 3 veterinarians, 5 groomers, and 2 pet supply stores, with more nearby. Some of the parks are pet friendly and during the summer you will find some of the patios are friendly towards smaller dogs.
Food and Entertainment
Much like the retail element for the district, food and entertainment can be found concentrated in three sections of town, north, by the 401 exits for Sir John A and Division Street, southwest by the Kingston Centre, and southeast along Princess Street. In all of these areas, you will find fast food, and franchise sit-down eateries. There are also many fine dining restaurants downtown like Chez Piggy and Milestones.
The district is well equipped for your entertainment needs. Regardless of the direction you want to travel, you will find cinema and comedy. To the north, there is the Landmark Cinemas and to the south, The Leon’s Centre where the Frontenacs play as well as many other concerts and events. The centre pulls in many big arena acts such as Corey Hart, Paul Brandt, and Cirque Du Soleil. Within the district, you will also find the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment Museum,
Kingston Harbour, Kingston 1000 Island Cruises, St. Lawrence Cruise Lines, Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, The Grand Theatre, and The Screening Room which hosts the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the largest film festival in the world dedicated to Canadian film.
Transportation and Walkability
The streets in the populated communities like Williamsville and Kingscourt are fairly straight with tributary access to the main roads that run north south, Sir John A, Division, and Montreal.
Though the services along the southern border are accessible by walking, those above John Counter need to be accessed via vehicle. In fact, there are no houses above that line.
The community is well served by Kingston Transit. As with the Rideau district, the extension of Counter through to the third crossing will both increase traffic and will also add another layer or availability for the community as residents gain access to the far side of the river.
Pride of ownership
While the homes in the community are well kept, they are primarily single story and story and a half with vinyl siding. Interspersed are houses or entire streets of houses with partial or full brick exteriors. The homes in the community are older and though they do have significant greenery, there will be many that will need aesthetic and structural updating. There is often room for one or two cars to park, but some homes will require street parking.
Arguably one of the most prolific communities for nightlife, most is found along Princess Street, with the exception being the Landmark Cinema. You have options like the Grand Theatre or Isabel Bader Theatre, bars like the Mansion, and the Merchant Taphouse which host smaller bands, or the Leon’s Centre which hosts larger events.
This is a great community for families who wish to be close to the goings-on of the busy city. Though the homes are a little smaller, they still have the charm and character that age offers. The area has quick access to the 401 as well as the west side of the city through Princess Street and John Counter. Additionally, there will be a boost coming when the third crossing is completed.