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Anchored by CFB Kingston and the historic Old Fort Henry, Kingston East is nestled between the 401, Hwy 15 exit, Hwy 2 at Glen Lawrence, and downtown Kingston across the La Salle Causeway. The area is experiencing fantastic growth with several new subdivisions, new retail stores and even a new shopping centre.
Parents will be happy that the neighbourhood has two elementary schools and a high school. Though St. Martha’s Catholic School and Sir John A. Macdonald’s Public School slipped a little in the Fraser Institute’s ranking last year, they are ready to keep kids active and learning. La Salle is a good secondary school option for students as they offer many extracurricular activities. These activities include sports and events such as the first robotics world championships in Detroit where they came first place!
Children will also have access to the Kingston Frontenac Public Library which is situated centrally so you can either drive or walk.
There is a day care centre as well for families with young children.
Health and Medical
Kingston East is a great location for medical personnel. The area boasts two medical centres, four dentists, four pharmacies, three optometrists, two physiotherapy locations (one specializing in sports and two chiropractors. These locations are easily accessible by walking or by car as they have ample parking.
Parks and Recreation
Many of the neighbourhoods have beautiful, mature trees lining the streets. Furthermore, not only does the area have 13 parks, including a skate park and a dog park, but it boasts having the Kingston Military Sports Centre and the CFB Kingston Sports Dome. You and your family will have many options to enjoy the outdoors.
Families with pets will are well taken care of in Kingston East. There are two animal hospitals, both with a Google rating of 4.7 and above, a Pet Value pet store and a grooming facility for dogs who need a trim. As mentioned earlier, there is a dog park to play in as well.
Though the area is only now being developed, there is already a grocery store and several convenience stores and the new Riverview Shopping Centre. It is also only minutes from downtown Kingston where some of the best independent retail stores are as well as Canada’s oldest Farmer’s Market at Springer Market Square.
The stores that are coming into the area are chains and franchises which does indicates the neighbourhood is becoming well-established given that they indicate a level of market research being completed.
Food and Entertainment
The area has over ten restaurants, several of them sit down, such as Driftwood Restaurant Pub and the Garrison Pub. Also present is historic Old Fort Henry, one of the greatest tourist locations in Canada. Old Fort Henry has something to offer newcomers and residents alike with events throughout the year to awe and inspire young and old.
The beautiful Glen Lawrence Golf Club is situated just on the outskirts of the area for those who like to hit the links.
You also have the great option of the Garrison Golf and Curling Club.
Transportation and Walkability
The area is spread out across Highway 15 which does make walkability an issue, though subdivisions are certainly walkable. The highway is a main artery connecting Kingston to Ottawa so traffic travels fairly quickly. That said, the retail and service outlets have good parking if you are driving.
There is a major bus route winding through the area closest to the causeway and downtown Kingston.
The third crossing of the river will increase traffic travelling to the main side of Kingston.
Given the proximity to the military base, crime seems to be very low. Kingston Police report very little crime and their patrols travel down the highway so you can be assured of your safety.
Though there are a few restaurants and pubs already mentioned, for those looking for a nightlife, you will want to travel to the downtown core where there are several bars and other late night entertainment options.
Kingston East is a great option for young families. It is a great environment to raise your children, whether they are active physically or scholastically. With the area so close to downtown, you will be close the all the amenities that Kingston has to offer. Access to the main side of Kingston will also be better when the third crossing of the river is completed.