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Kingston, Ontario
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    (1673- )
    Originally named Fort Cataraqui
    Incorporated as a town in 1838
    Incorporated as a city in 1846
    Located in Frontenac County
    Nicknamed 'The Limestone City'
    Population: 123,798 (city) and 161,175 (metro) as of the 2016 census
    It went through two name changes, prior to settling on its current name.
    It earned a notoriety for being 'prison town', due to the large number of penitentiaries that were built here over the years.
    14 prisoners escaped from Millhaven Penitentiary, which became known as the largest prison break in Canadian history (July 10, 1972).
    It was home to a massive dock fire which spread to a warehouse that had gunpowder, that triggered an explosion which destroyed the majority of the city's downtown (April 18, 1840).
    It has cool summers and extremely cold winters.
    Due to its location on the shores of Lake Ontario, it has the distinction of being one of the windiest cities in Canada.
    It was initially founded as a trading post in the 1600's.
    It briefly served as the first capital of Canada during the country's formative years.
    Sir. John A. MacDonald lived in the city at the time Canada joined confederation.
    It is home to Queen's University, one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in Ontario.
    It was home to the first high school in Canada.
    It is considered the birthplace of hockey (albeit disputed).
    Notable hockey figures Don Cherry, Doug Gilmour and Kirk Muller hail from Kingston.
    It is the birth place of Canadian rock icon Bryan Adams.
    The Tragically Hip are considered local legends, and performed their final concert as a band here.

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