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Kingston, Ontario

Full nameKingston
Settlement typeCity
MottoWhere history and innovation thrive.
Established1673 (as Fort Cataraqui; later renamed Fort Frontenac)
Incorporated1838 (as town); 1846 (as city)
Amalgamated1998 (with Kingston and Pittsburgh Twps)
City MayorMark Gerretsen
Governing BodyKingston City Council
MPsTed Hsu (LPC)
MPPsJohn Gerretsen (OLP)
Total Area173.9 sq mi (450.39 km2)
Metro Area736 sq mi (1906.82 km2)
Elevation230 � 360 ft (70.1 m)
Total Population117207 (2006)
Density (pop.)260.0/km2 (673.4/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)152358
Other information
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC−5)
- Summer (DST)Eastern (EDT) (UTC−4)
Postal code spanK7K through K7P
Area code613 343

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Kingston, Ontario is a Canadian city located in Eastern Ontario where the St. Lawrence River flows out of Lake Ontario. Originally a First Nations settlement called "Katarowki," (Ga-ta-row-key), growing European exploration in the 17th Century made it an important trading post. In order to control the fur trade, French explorer LaSalle founded Fort Frontenac in 1673.

Located midway between Toronto and Montreal, Kingston was named the first capital of the Province of Canada on February 15, 1841, by Governor Lord Sydenham. While its time as a political centre was short, Kingston remained an important military installation.

Kingston is the county seat of Frontenac County. According to the

2006 Canadian census, the population of the city proper was 117,207, while the population of the metropolitan area was 152,358.

Kingston is nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many historic buildings built from the local limestone.

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