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1st Edition

Welcome 2010

A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS MADE BY QUEEN’S STUDENTS

Find out about the hot spots in Kingston

No need to worry about housing with our Housing 101 Guide

Get an inside view on Canadian culture from the perspectives of Queen‘s Students

Don‘t miss out on upcoming Queen‘s events!

Plus: Academic information, Clothing stores, Banking information, Local pubs & bars, and much more.


Welcome 2010

Queen's College colours we are wearing once again, Soiled as they are by the battle and the rain, Yet another victory to wipe away the stain! So, Gaels, go in and win! Oil thigh na Banrighinn a'Banrighinn gu brath! Cha-gheill! Cha-gheill! Cha-gheill!

Welcome Word by AMS Executives On behalf of the Alma Mater Society, we would like to welcome you to Queen’s! The AMS is Canada’s oldest student government and has represented the undergraduate students of Queen’s for over 150 years, providing students with a variety of government committees as well as 14 corporate services which we greatly encourage you to use! We hope that during your time at Queen’s, you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in our student life and experience the sense of spirit, tradition, and community for which Queen’s prides itself.

the lower JDUC, send us an email, or check out our new website at www.myams.org.

If you would like to learn more about what the AMS can do for you while you are at Queen’s, visit our office in

Adam Zabrodski AMS Vice-President (University Affairs)

Once again, welcome to Queen’s, and we hope that you have an amazing exchange! Sincerely, Michael Ceci AMS President Leslie Yun AMS Vice-President (Operations)


Word from the creators

This e-magazine has been created to act as a one-stop resource to help you prior to coming to Queen‘s. It is designed to give you a better understanding of Queen‘s, Kingston and Canada. It has been created by current Queen‘s student and past exchange students to ease your transition into the Queen‘s community. Hope you enjoy it!


Index Housing ........................................................................................................ 6 Student Housing Map ..................................................................................... 7 Housing tips ................................................................................................. 8 Housing tips ................................................................................................. 9 Housing tips ............................................................................................... 10 Health and Dental Information .............................................................. 11-11 Useful Information ..................................................................................... 13 Health Information ...................................................................................... 13 IT Services ................................................................................................. 13 Other ......................................................................................................... 13 Academic Information ................................................................................ 14 Course Calendar ............................................................................................ 15 QCard ........................................................................................................ 16 Getting to Kingston ..................................................................................... 17 Around Campus .......................................................................................... 18 School Facilities .......................................................................................... 19 Campus Map............................................................................................... 20 JDUC Information and Map ...................................................................... 21-24 Services Offered by the AMS ....................................................................... 25 Important Dates From the AMS .................................................................. 26 Queen’s Varsity Schedules .......................................................................... 27


Index Socializing in Kingston ................................................................................ 28 Annual Kingston Winter/Spring Events ........................................................... 29 Kingston Pubs ........................................................................................ 30-31 Map of Kingston Bars, Pubs and Clubs ........................................................... 32 Kingston Bars and Clubs .............................................................................. 33 Restaurants ........................................................................................... 34-37 Clothing Stores Close to Campus ................................................................... 38 Grocery Stores in Kingston ........................................................................... 39 Travelling Tips ............................................................................................ 40 Travelling Information ................................................................................. 41 Getting Around in Kingston ........................................................................... 42 Travel Suggestions ...................................................................................... 43 Algonquin Provincial Park ........................................................................... 44 New York City .......................................................................................... 45 Boston .................................................................................................... 46 MontrĂŠal .................................................................................................. 47 Niagara Falls ............................................................................................ 48 Ottawa .................................................................................................... 49 QuĂŠbec City ............................................................................................. 50 Toronto ................................................................................................... 51 Ski Trip to Mont Tremblant ........................................................................ 52


Welcome HOUSING Need to find a place to live for the semester you are here?! Different resources are available to make the search for a great accommodation easier.

However, before starting your search, let us give you a few tips to consider when looking for an accommodation in Kingston. This section will provide just that.

The Village

Most Queen‘s students live in residences located on campus for their first year. Then, they move with a group of friends to a house in the area around campus called the village. The experience is unique and adds a lot to your Queen‘s experience.


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Make sure to look at the area number. The higher the number the further from Campus the accommodation is. We suggest looking mainly at accommodations in area 1 (5 minutes walk to campus) and area 2 (10 minutes walk to campus). This is where most Queen‘s students live. However, in general, the further from campus you are the cheaper rent will be. Another suggestion would be to ―MapQuest‖ or ―Google Map‖ the address to clearly see where the house or apartment is located!

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HOUSING TIPS

The Hub Another consideration is how close to the Hub (what we call the downtown area at Queen‘s) the accommodation you are looking at is. Many grocery stores, drugstores and bars are located at the intersection of Princess and Division and the majority of the clothing stores are located on the lower part Princess street at the intersection of Bagot Street. Before coming to Canada: There is the Student and Community Host program that can accommodate you free of charge for a few nights while figure out where you will be living. You will most likely sleep on a couch or on a camping mattress, but at least you will have somewhere to sleep if you have not found accommodation yet. For more info, visit http://quic.queensu.ca/resource/ studentandcommunityhosts.asp. However, we highly suggest starting your search for an accommodation before arriving to Canada. (You don‘t want to pay for a hotel room or have to sleep on the floor for too long while juggling with school work and finding a place to live!). The following resources can help you find a place to live even if you are currently on a different continent.

1) http://quic.queensu.ca/php/ihouse/ housesearch.php The Queen‘s University International Centre offers useful resources when looking for an accommodation. This resource is particularly valuable because most postings are made by Queen‘s students going on exchange themselves. Therefore, the period for the leases on the website is usually 4 months, the length of a semester at Queen‘s. Also, there are different options to choose from to make a search tailored to your needs.


HOUSING TIPS

2) http://housing.queensu.ca/ residences/ exchangeapplication.asp Harkness International Hall offers limited single rooms with communal washrooms and kitchen on each floor. The deadline for applying for the winter term is December 1, 2009. It is not guaranteed that all applicants will be given accommodation in the residence. The location of Harkness Hall is very convenient. From Harkness it takes less than 2 minutes walk to reach campus and less than 10 minutes to be in The Hub. As well, no needs to worry about furniture and such as most items are provided in the residence. However, if you want the full Queen‘s Student experience we encourage you to find accommodation in one of the Student Village‘s house.

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3) http:// housing.queensu.ca/ community_housing/ accommodationlistingservice.asp This website operated by Queen‘s University lists accommodations in the Kingston area. It is highly practical since specific search can be made through this website and details such as if laundry is available in the building, if pets are allowed or if there is a parking spot are also provided. The area number is also provided which can help you figure how close to campus the accommodation is. Make sure to contact the landlord to see if it‘s possible to rent a room for the length of your stay. Most landlords expect tenants to sign their lease for a 12-months period, but some understand international students are only here for a limited time period.

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4) http://kingston.en.craigslist.ca/ Craiglist is an online resource that provides local classified ads for almost everything: from ticket sales for sports events to accounting job postings Although not related to Queen‘s, it is possible to find different postings for subletting rooms in Kingston. Click on the housing section and explore the different options!

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HEALTH AND DENTAL INFORMATION

All international students are required to have health insurance when studying in Ontario. The University Health Insurance Plan, UHIP, provides insurance to pay for the cost of hospital and medical services that students may need while in Canada and travelling. How do you enrol? Contact Queen‘s University or your school‘s human resource office to apply for UHIP coverage before leaving for your exchange, or as soon as your arrive. If arriving in Canada before your exchange begins, UHIP coverage can start as early as the 10th day of the month prior to your first term beginning. You must enrol unless… It is mandatory to register for UHIP while studying in Ontario unless already covered by one of the following plans:       

Canadian International Development Agency Health Care Plan Canadian Bureau for International Education Health Care Plan Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan International Council for Canadian Studies Plan National Insurance office for Social Insurance Abroad (Norway) World university Service of Canada Plan Embassy of Kuwait

UHIP covers…  hospital services in Ontario  Physician services in Ontario  Diagnostic laboratory and x-ray services  Ambulance  Vision care  Special assistance  Medically necessary dental care in hospital For full details on UHIP plans, refer to www.uhip.ca

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HEALTH AND DENTAL INFORMATION

Health and dental coverage is also available for international students through the Alma Mater Society (AMS). The health coverage provided through the AMS has a wider range of coverage, including up to 80% coverage for prescription drugs. The dental benefits which are covered by the AMS health and dental plan far exceeds that offered by UHIP. The AMS assumes that all students will need this coverage as it is mandatory for all Queen‘s University students to have health and dental coverage beyond what is offered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. If you are satisfied with the UHIP or other coverage that applies to you, it is possible to optout of the AMS coverage. In order to opt-out of this, proof of other coverage must be taken to the AMS office on the main floor of the John Deutsch Centre. For further information on health and dental coverage by the Alma Mater Society visit www.myams.org/health

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Health information: http://www.queensu.ca/hcds/ If you are having problems with your health, you can always contact the Health, Counseling and Disability Services. It is located in the LaSalle building on 146 Stuart St on the south end of campus (see campus map). IT Services: http://www.queensu.ca/its/index.html If you are experiencing problems with your computer or any other technical equipment, you can contact IT Services. The offices are located on different locations on campus and here is a link with all the locations. Other information for incoming students: If you want to find out more about Queen‘s University, there is much information at hand. Here are two links which might be useful for you as an incoming exchange student. http://www.queensu.ca/international/students/incoming/ http://www.queensu.ca/about/

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Welcome ACADEMIC INFORMATION


COURSE CALENDAR

The course calendars describe all the courses available through the different faculties at Queen‘s University. They can be found on the University Website (www.queensu.ca) under the Academics Tab. Make sure to look at the prerequisites to make sure that you qualify for a specific course. However, if you are not certain of the course you are choosing, it is possible to change your schedule once classes have

started. This is call the add/drop session. For the upcoming semester, it is possible to add, drop, or switch courses and sections until January 22, 2010. If you are still not satisfied with your courses, it is possible to drop a class without academic penalty until March 5, 2010. You will have to pay a fee, but your student record will not be affected by the drop a the specific class.

U SEFUL T IPS

Bring your student card to all your final exams. You will be charged $50.00 for writing an exam without the official Queen’s student ID. If you lose a student card it is possible to have a new one at a $25 at Gordon Hall. Exchange Students can have extra time on their final exams. Just fill in the form available at the International Office and have your professors sign it. Then, bring it to Gordon Hall (see map on p. 18) and you will be able to have extra time on your finals. Make sure to check each course syllabus to see how many percent will be deduct to your marks if an assignment is turned in late. Professor are usually very understandable and if you talk to them, they usually will give you an extension, giving that you do not ask for it the day before the due date.


QCARD

Add/Drop can be done through the QCard website under the add/drop tab. However, if a course is full and cannot be added on QCard, you might still have a chance to join it. To do so, you will have to go in person to

the faculty office to have special permission. If you are granted the permission to join a course, a faculty member will add the course to you schedule.


GETTING TO KINGSTON

SMARTER TRAVELS

Queen’s University welcomes you to Kingston, the ”Limestone city”!

Getting to Kingston by bus: www.coachcanada.ca Bus is one of the cheapest ways of getting to Kingston. The buses are leaving from major cities/airports and stops right on campus or at the bus terminal on 1175 John Counter Boulevard in Kingston. Travelling time:  Toronto Pearson International Airport-Kingston: approx. 4h  Downtown Toronto - Kingston: 3h  Downtown Montréal - Kingston: 3h 20min Getting to Kingston by air: www.aircanada.ca There are several daily flights from Toronto to Kingston and flying to Kingston is an alternative for people in a hurry since the travelling time is much shorter than if you take then bus or a train. Flying to Kingston is though usually a more expensive way of travelling. Travelling time:  Toronto (YYZ) – Kingston (YGK): 50min  Montréal (YMQ) – Kingston (YGK): 4h If you are going from Montréal to Kingston, the flights will go to Toronto first and the travelling time will depend on the transfer time between the flights.

By train: www.viarail.ca Getting to Kingston by train is a faster alternative than taking the bus, but the train station in Kingston is located far from campus and downtown Kingston so you will have to take the bus or a taxi into the centre of town. Travelling time:  Montréal – Kingston: 2h 45 min  Toronto – Kingston: 2 h 30min There are several By car: ways of getting to www.avis.com Kingston from bigger www.discountcar.com cities such as www.enterpriserentacar.ca Toronto or Montreal. Getting to Kingston by car is often Usually, it is much a cheap alternative if you are a cheaper going to couple of people who share the car these cities and rental. Renting cars in Canada is making your way relatively cheap and the gas prices towards Kingston from there. are around $1 per litre. There are many car rental services and you can easily rent a car in Toronto and return it in Kingston. Note that there is a underage fee of $35 per day and driver if you are between 21 and 25 years old. If you are under 21 years it is almost impossible to rent a car.


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SCHOOL FACILITIES

W HAT ’ S ON C AMPUS ?

Queen’s Centre: The Queen‘s Centre is a brand new athletic building opened in December 2009. In the Queen‘s Centre, you can do many different sports and activities such as spinning, swimming, weight lifting, pilates, basketball, volleyball, and much more. Follow this link to see a map over the Queen‘s Centre: http://www.queensu.ca/queenscentre/plans.html Campus Bookstore: http://www.campusbookstore.com/ The Campus bookstore is where most of the Queen‘s students buy their course textbooks. The bookstore has all the books you need for your term at queens. Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 9am to 6pm Saturday: 10am to 5pm Sunday: Closed The Campus Bookstore is located in Clark Hall, which is located on an unnamed street between University Ave. and Arch Street (see campus map). Library Information: Queen‘s University has several different libraries on campus. If you would like to gain information about them, just follow the link below: http://library.queensu.ca/library/overview

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JDUC

John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) http://www.queensu.ca/jduc/ The John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) is one of the main building on the Queen‘s campus. It is the home to the Student Governments (AMS & SGPS), faculty societies, student clubs and organizations; as well as various campus offices. It serves as a formal and informal, student centered meeting place to foster communication among and between, students, faculty, staff and alumni. The JDUC is the campus focal point for entertainment and retail products & services and is the place for students to meet with their friends and relax for a beverage, snack or meal. What can be found in the JDUC: Cafeterias, Used bookstore, Tanning salon, The Queen‘s Pub, AMS, And much more.

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SERVICES OFFERED BY THE AMS

The Publishing & Copy Centre (P&CC) is located in the lower level of the JDUC and is designed to serve students‘ printing and copying needs. The P&CC offers a wide variety of services, ranging from basic printing and photocopying to professional binding and poster design.

The AMS Pub Services (TAPS) consists of two pub locations: Alfie‘s Nightclub and the Queen‘s Pub. Alfie‘s, located on the lower level of the JDUC, is Queen‘s largest student bar, and is open every Wednesday and Friday nights for drinks and dancing. In addition, Alfie‘s hosts a weekly Jazz Lounge on Monday nights which features live music by student performers from the Queen‘s Destinations is a campus travel School of Music. Queen‘s Pub (QP), and tourism service that offers which is on the upper level of the students the cheapest and most JDUC, offers a more relaxing convenient bus atmosphere, featuring 7 beers on service from Kingston to tap, a fantastic menu, two TVs, and a Toronto, Ottawa, and pool table. Montreal. Destinations also sells tickets to various events both on The AMS Merchandise and off campus, and charters Services (TAMS) group trips to sports games, consists of two retail concerts, and arts outlets: Tricolour performances in Toronto, Outfitters and The Ottawa, etc. In addition, Used Bookstore. Collectively, Destinations makes and sells In- these two services offer students a ternational Student Identity wide variety of stylish and affordable Cards (ISICs), which offer school essentials. Tricolour Outfitters students discounts on ViaRail sells a wide inventory of Queen‘s train tickets and other retail ser- clothing and other merchandise, and vices. Finally, Destinations col- also offers custom clothing for teams, laborates with Kingston Transit residence floors, etc. The Used in order to enable Bookstore sells and consigns used students the unlimited use of textbooks, and also provides Kingston Transit for the year students with an extensive range of with a valid Queen‘s student school supplies. card.

The Alma Mater Society (AMS), the oldest student government in Canada, represents over 13,800 students and serves as the central undergraduate student government at Queen‘s University. The AMS is composed of 11 faculty and residence societies and has an annual operating budget of over $14 million. The AMS is the only exclusively undergraduate student-run government in the country, managing 14 student-run corporate services, 41 committees, and over 200 clubs. Employing over 1000 volunteers and 500 part-time paid staff, the AMS is a truly unique organization that aims to serve and represent the diversity of students at Queen‘s University.


IMPORTANT DATES FROM THE AMS

Important Dates: January 11 – Classes Begin January 15 – Grand Opening of the Queen‘s Centre January 16 – Winter Clubs Night January 27 – Applications for AMS Winter Committee Hiring Due February 1-6 – Exposure Arts Festival February 1 – Catch Me If You Can Begins February 2-3 – AMS Winter Referendum and Executive Election February 8 – AMS Council Applications Due February 15 – AMS Officer Applications Due February 23 – AMS Annual General Meeting March 1 – AMS Manager and Assistant Manager Applications Due March 11-13 – Vogue Fashion Show March 11 – Best Darn Singer on Campus March 15 – AMS Service Staff Applications Due April 9 – Last Day of Classes April 15 – Exams Begin


QUEEN’S VARSITY SCHEDULES Queen‘s University has many great teams playing on campus during the winter. From the exciting hockey games to the intimate basketball team victories, there is a game for you! The Queen‘s Golden Gaels are well-supported within the Queen‘s culture with many students rallying behind their teams. Men‘s Hockey http://queenshockey.com/schedule.php Women‘s Hockey http://www.gogaelsgo.com/schedule.aspx?path=whockey& Men‘s Basketball http://www.gogaelsgo.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball& Women‘s Basketball http://www.gogaelsgo.com/schedule.aspx?path=wbball& Men‘s Volleyball http://www.gogaelsgo.com/schedule.aspx?path=mvball& Women‘s Volleyball http://www.gogaelsgo.com/schedule.aspx?path=wvball& Additional Information on the Queen‘s Golden Gaels Sports Teams: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/


Welcome SOCIALIZING IN KINGSTON Now that you found a place to live, figured out your courses and have made plans to visit different cities, it‘s time to organize your social calendar! Although Kingston is a small town, many activities are available in the downtown area (The Hub). Restaurants, retail stores, bars, movie theatre, coffee shops, pubs‌


ANNUAL KINGSTON WINTER/SPRING EVENTS January/February

March/April

Live @ Your Library: Kingston Jazz Society, local libraries, January to April. www.kingstonjazz.com

Maple Madness: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation. See a Canadian treat being made! 613-546-4228 ext. 500

Kingston Winter Antique Show: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, early February 613-386-4415 Feb Fest: Market Square. Join in on one of Ontario‘s premier winter events, early February. www.febfestkingston.com Cezanne’s Closet: Ban Righ Hall, Queen‘s University. 613-533-3171 Historic Hockey Series; A must see if you‘re new to hockey! Confederation Basin, early February. 613-548-4415 Kingston Film Festival: Various locations around Kingston. Late February. www.kingcanfilmfest.com

Rail-o-Rama Model Train Show: Ambassador Resort Hotel, mid March 613-962-7731 May Historic Farmers Market: every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from May— September @ market Square. Interconnected Art Studio Tour: various locations, early May. www.kingstonartists.com Royal Military College Convocation and Sunset Ceremony: mid-May, Fort Henry. www.rmc.ca


KINGSTON PUBS

The Brass Pub http://www.thebrasspub.com/ index.php

The Merchant http:// www.merchanttaphouse.com/

Sports Pub on Princess Street Great for Late Night Eats or Recovery Food the Next Morning! Monday Nights – Buy one appetizer, get the second half price!

Another great pub (near the lake – a nice break from Princess St.). Full menu! Salads/Soups, Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, Drinks… Great on Tuesdays when there‘s not much else going on!

Tuesday Nights – 35 cent wings (Best wings in town!)

Tuesday Nights - $3 drinks all day and all night!

Wednesday Nights – ½ pound burgers for only $1.75 CAD

Wednesday Nights – A bottle of Alexander Keiths and an 8oz steak dinner for $9.99 CAD!

Thursday Nights – Giant chicken fajitas for only $3.50 CAD

Thursday Nights – 40 cent wings!

Friday Nights – Steak special for $8.95 CAD

Sunday Nights - $3 caesars

LIVE MUSIC Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays (We recommend you see Smitty play on Sundays and Mondays! Get there early!)

LIVE MUSIC – Tuesdays (Smitty), Wednesdays (the Dan Curtis Band), Thursdays (the Trevor Walsh Band), Fridays (Emily Fennel), and Saturdays (some of Kingston‘s best rock bands)

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Tir nan Og http://kingston.tirnanogpubs.com/ home Irish pub. Rated #1 Restaurant in Kingston Monday and Tuesdays Nights – Waterfront Patio (weather permitting) Wednesday Nights – Alexander Keith‘s - $3.99, ½ price appetizers, live music at 9 pm! Thursday Nights – Karaoke Night/ Ladies‘ Night Out! (starts at 8:00pm) Friday Nights – 2 Pints of Guinness/Harp/Kilkenny/Smithwicks only $9.00! DJ at 11:00pm Saturday Nights – DJ at 11:00pm Sunday Nights – NFL Nights, 8 LCD Screens, and ½ price wings! Do you like to sing? Tir nan Og is great on Thursday nights for a little Karaoke!

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MAP OF KINGSTON BARS, PUBS AND CLUBS

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Elixir Nightclub* The Brass Alehouse* Stages* The Merchant Tir Nan Og Joy Supper Club* * These venues are clubs The venues without a ‗*‘are pubs.

NOTE: Alfie‘s is located on campus, in the basement of the JDUC (John Deutsch Center) building Queen‘s Campus is located South of Princess Street.


KINGSTON BARS AND CLUBS

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

Get on your dancing shoes and party at the hottest (and only) clubs in Kingston!

The Ale House The Alehouse Canteen (below the bar) has sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and more! The Alehouse is the most popular club for Queen‘s students. Free cover before 12 with your student card! Otherwise, $6 cover. Best Nights to Go:  Thursdays ($2.50 drinks)  Fridays  Saturdays

Alfie’s Nightclub Student nightclub and lounge; known for its great music. On campus (outside the west side of the John Deutsch Center) Best Nights to Go:  Wednesdays (but the line can get busy, so get there early!) No cover and free coat check

Stages Nightclub Second largest nightclub after the Alehouse. Best Nights to Go:  Mondays – Beach Slam (seasonal)  Thursdays - $2.50 rail drinks all night long, free cover with student card or $3 until 11  Fridays – Ladies in free before midnight, and a glow party! no cover, and $2.50 rail drinks until midnight

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RESTAURANTS Tired of eating Mac and Cheese every night? Try one of the following delicious!

J APANESE C HINESE I NDIAN ITALIAN

Japanese Food

Italian Cuisine

Asha Great food and service Karaoke rooms $30/hour (group of 5 or less) $50/hour (group of 10 or less) 177 Princess Street 613-531-7919

Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti Free delivery on orders over $15 Pizza, pasta, finger foods, and salads Open late (until 2am on weekdays, 3am Friday/Saturday, and 1am on Sundays) 557 Princess Street 613-542-4444

Take Sushi Great Japanese restaurant 120 Princess Street 613-544-1376 Chinese Food Silver Wok Takeout Available Great food, clean, good service 373 King Street E / 613-544-6634 VIP Another popular Chinese Restaurant on Princess Street 528 Princess Street 613-530-2828 Indian Cuisine Darbas Great service, great food One of Kingston‘s best Indian Restaurants Large portions and friendly staff 479 Princess Street 613-548-7053

Tata’s Pizza Take out and delivery available Casual dress and atmosphere Bar area (pool, darts, and a big screen TV) 569 Princess Street 613-549-4272 Frankie Pesto’s Rustic Italian dishes inspired by traditional family recipes. Menu changes often, and portions are huge 176 Ontario Street 613-542-1071 Woodenheads Probably the best pizza you‘ll find in Kingston. Don‘t expect your traditional pepperoni and mozzarella though. 192 Ontario Street 613– 549– 1812

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B REAKFAST There are many good restaurants serving a variety of cuisines in many different atmospheres. The following sites are useful for finding restaurants in the Kingston area:

Breakfast Stooley’s Cafe Take Out Available! Right on the corner of Johnson and Division Everything from omelettes to pasta. Great for some greasy eats after a messy night 118 Division Street 613-547-4044 / 11am-2am http://www.themenusite.ca/ rest.php?rID=30 The Brass A great breakfast for a great price (also serves dinner) Breakfast: Served Monday to Friday from 11am-3pm Brunch: Served Saturdays and Sundays: 10am-3pm 403 Princess Street 613-544-8334 http://www.thebrasspub.com/ menu.php

Windmills Cafe Eggs, oatmeal, crepes, pancakes, bagels, perogies, and more! Kingston‘s best Saturday and Sunday brunch 184 Princess Street 613-544-3948 http://www.webwoods.com/ windmills/menu.cfm? action=viewmenudetails&Module= Restaurant Pan Chancho Bakery & Café Go for brunch at one of Kingston‘s finest cafés. Opens daily at 7am. 44 Princess Street 613-544-7790 http://www.panchancho.com

http:// www.whatsonkingsto n.com/entertain/ restant.html http:// www.kingstonkiosk.c om/directory.php? categoryId=179 http:// www.dougblackstock. com/kingstonontario/ restaurants.php http:// kingston.ontariorestaurants.com/ http:// www.foodinc.ca/ Ontario/Kingston/ We haven‘t tried them all, but we definitely have some favourites and this section will provide you with some of our tips.


RESTAURANTS Impress your date with a fancy night out!!

DATE RESTAURANTS

Steakhouses Bistros Thai cuisine Date Restaurants

Steakhouses

Grizzly Grill Fire places and candles make for a romantic evening Appetizers, pizzas, pastas, seafood, prime rib, sandwiches, soups and salads - your date is sure to find something here! Amazing food at reasonable prices Turns into a bar at night (grab a drink and play a round of pool!) 395 Princess Street 613-544-7566

The Keg Kingston‘s best steakhouse Starters and soups, salads, sirloins, New York‘s and traditional steaks, prime rib, seafood, chicken and ribs, and classis Keg dinners 300 King Street East 613-549-1333

Megalos Everything from burgers to crab ravioli Appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas, platters, and great desserts Quiet, romantic atmosphere 226 Princess Street 613-531-9788 Chez Piggy One of Kingston‘s classier restaurants Shrimp, oysters, calamari, fish, pork chop, sea scallops, lamb, steak... A bit pricey, but provides a great experience, great food, and great service Turns into a classy bar later on 68 Princess Street 613-549-7673

French Bistro Cuisine Le Chien Noir A taste of French cuisine Poutine, fried calamari, lamb, fish, mussels, and more Classy and pricey 69 Brock Street / 613-549-5635 Thai and Pan-Asian Cuisine Mango Appetizers, soups and salads, curries, stir-fries, seafood, rice, noodles, Vietnamese foods... 161 Princess Street 613-549-3815 Mekong Traditional Thai food right in the heart of the hub! 394 Princess Street 613-549– 5902

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RESTAURANTS No need to spend big bucks for a full tummy… the following options offer cheap and tasty food.

Pub Food

Fast Food

The Brass Serves breakfast, brunch, dinner, and late night eats Salads, nachos, quesadillas, wings, ribs, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and clubs. 403 Princess Street 613-544-8334

McDonald’s 285 Princess Street 613-549-3999

Fanatics Appetizers, soups and salads, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, meatloaf, steak, salmon, pasta, and more! Great sports lounge, great food 371 Princess Street 613-542-3267 Lonestar Texas Grill Starters, salads, steaks, ribs, chicken, fajitas, burgers, sandwiches… Free nachos and salsa to start off your meal! 251 Ontario Street 613-548-8888 Kingston Brew Pub Your usual pub food with over 20 different types of beer on tap, most of which are brewed on site! 34 Clarence Street 613 - 542-4978

PUB FOOD FAST FOOD

Burger King 500 Princess Street 613-531-5137 Pizza Pizza 414 Princess Street 613-542-1111 Dominos Pizza 493 Princess Street 613-548-3730 Subway 356 Princess Street 613-541-3071 Pita Grill 371 Princess Street 613 –542-9195

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CLOTHING STORES CLOSE TO CAMPUS Princess St. Shops Kingston offers a wide variety of popular clothing stores all conveniently located in the downtown core on Princess Street. Start at the Hub and walk along Princess to the waterfront and along the way you will be able to find a large selection of stores that will meet any of your needs.

Urban Outfitters Popular clothing styles in Canada for good prices Location: 204 Princess St Urban Trade Similar to Urban Outfitters but includes more mainstream options Location: 201 Princess St Blueprint Contains many different popular brands Location: 246 Princess St Lululemon Athletica Very popular clothing store in Canada Makes very comfortable and functional clothes Location: 270 Princess St American Apparel Comfortable shirts and accessories. Very popular within Queen‘s Location: 274 Princess St

Roots Canada The conventional Canadian clothing store. Get your Vancouver 2010 clothing here! Location: 229 Princess St Steilman Outlet Elegant women‘s fashion Location: 206 Princess St Dover’s Mens Wear Elegant suits. Popular brands such as Ed Hardy and Lacoste Location: 155 Princess St Sir Gawain Fashion Clothes High fashion clothing for men and women Location: 34 Princess St


GROCERY STORES IN KINGSTON

Standard

Specialty Stores

Metro Located close to the ghetto Open 24 hours for your needs Location: 310 Barrie Street

Bulk Barn Large quantities of common snack foods Low cost and large selection Location: 824 Norwest Road

Loblaw’s Greatest selection of food in Kingston. Also sells kitchen products and clothing Location: 1060 Princess Street

Convenience Stores

Campus One Stop Located besides Goodes Great selection for a convenience Food Basics store but expensive price Cheaper food but limited selection Location: At the corner of Earl Contains all the standard food Street and Alfred Street options Location: 33 Barrack Street Bedore’s Food Market John’s Meat Market Kingston‘s best butcher Well priced meats and fish Location: 507 Princess Street

Close to Goodes Hall Very nice owners Location: 395 Earl Street

Freddie’s Grocery In middle of the Ghetto for easy access Occasional stock outs Location: 219 University Ave.


TRAVELLING TIPS

While you are on exchange at Queen‘s you should take the opportunity to explore other areas and cities around Kingston. This section will provide some tips on how to enjoy yourself outside of Kingston.


TRAVELLING INFORMATION The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

Kingston is located conveniently between major cities such as MontrĂŠal and Toronto and there are several places you should visit while you are on exchange at Queen‘s. Travelling to other cities from Kingston is something incoming exchange students often want to do and the travelling alternatives are different depending on where you would like to go. Generally, bus is the cheapest alternative if you are travelling by yourself, with just a few other friends or if you are under 25. Since car rental services often have a underage fee of $35 per day and driver if you are under 25 years old, renting a car is only a cheap alternative if you can gather some people to share the rent. Travelling by train is more comfortable than taking the bus, but it is usually more expensive and the train station in Kingston is located far from campus and the downtown area, which requires a taxi to get in to town. This section will provide you with useful tips when you are travelling to Kingston for the first time or when you are planning on making a trip to another city.

Ps. Do not forget to check out the ETC (Exchange Transfer Committee) trips and events. These events are usually very fun and offers a great opportunity getting to know other students. Check out http://comsoc.queensu.ca/etc/Home.html for more information.

S MARTER TRVELS :

Information vs. Interests


GETTING AROUND IN KINGSTON ”You’re a funny guy— but looks aren’t everything - Taxi Driver (1976)

Kingston offers many different shopping opportunities and such, but getting to these can sometimes be a problem since the big shopping malls are located far from downtown as well as the campus area. This section will therefore provide tips on how to best find your way in Kingston. Getting around in Kingston by taxi: Taxi services in Kingston are relatively cheap. Taxis are a good alternative if you are in a hurry and taxis are often available on campus between the JDUC building and Stauffer library by the intersection between University Ave. and Union St (see campus map). If you are not on campus, there are several taxi companies which you can call and here are some suggestions: Amey‘s taxi: +16135461111 Kingston & Amherst taxi: +16135423333 Amey‘s Greenwood taxi: +16136346644 Getting around in Kingston by bus: Riding the bus is free for all Queen‘s university students if you show your student card and taking the bus is an alternative which should be used if there is a possibility. The bus schedule is not the best and getting to certain locations in Kingston can sometimes be hard.

SMARTER TRAVELS : Convenience vs. Cost


TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

There are several cities that are recommended to be visited while you are on exchange at Queen‘s. This section will present the most popular locations and how you get there most easily. You can go either by car, bus, train or air and the websites are: By car: www.avis.com www.discountcar.com www.enterpriserentacar.ca There are many different car rental services in Kingston. Here are some recommended. By bus: http://www.myams.org/services/22-destinations Provides cheap bus tickets from the campus to Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto. This alternative is only available to Queen‘s student and tickets are available through the Destinations office in the JDUC building on the second floor (see campus map). www.coachcanada.ca Offers bus tickets to many different locations in New York, Ontario and Québec. By train: www.viarail.ca Viarail provides train tickets to many different locations in Canada. By air: www.aircanada.ca The majority of flights in Canada is operated by Air Canada but sometimes there are other cheaper alternatives. Check http://www.cheapflights.ca/ for more alternatives.

SMARTER TRAVELS : Interests vs. Information


ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK

http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/ ‖Algonquin Park's many trails offer something for everyone. Whether you're up for a vigorous bicycle ride through beautiful forest, a two-day hike into the Interior, or a leisurely walk to a stunning lookout, you can find a trail that will explore the many facets of Algonquin's beauty. ‖ The Algonquin Provincial Park is a big natural reserve, which offers activities for everyone. Here you can go canoeing, camping, fishing, walking on beautiful trails, skiing, dog sledding, mountain biking, horseback riding, and much more. It is a beautiful place to go if you would like to experience the Canadian nature and wildlife. How to get there: The easiest way to get to Algonquin Provincial Park is by car. Take the 401 highway from Kingston and exit on highway 41 after about 20km. Continue on highway 41 for 200km and then exit west on highway 60. Follow highway 60 until you get to Algonquin.

E XPLORING THE REGION : Algonquin Provincial Park


NEW YORK CITY Take a bite out of The big apple!

E XPLORING N ORTH A MERICA :

New York City

http://www.newyork.com/ New York is a city everyone should visit while on exchange at Queen‘s. The big apple offers a wide variety of activities and places to see such as the empire state building, central park, ground zero and statue of liberty. It is also a perfect place to go shopping since it generally is cheaper in the U.S than in Canada and the city offers many good places for shopping. How to get there: By car: Drive east on the 401 from Kingston and then exit south on the 81. Drive for about 400km and then drive west on the 380 for about 50km. Continue west on to highway 80 for about 100km until you get to New York. By bus: Taking the bus from Kingston to New York usually takes about 13 or 14 hours. The bus first goes to Toronto and Buffalo and then heads for New York. Taking the bus is not a good alternative if you are in a hurry, but it is recommended if you want to travel cheaply and do not have anyone to rent a car with. By air: Going by air to New York is a good alternative. It is recommended to take the bus to Toronto Pearson International Airport from Kingston and fly to New York from there. Since domestic flights in the U.S are usually cheaper, an alternative is to take the bus to Buffalo and fly from there.

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BOSTON

E XPLORING N ORTH A MERICA : Boston

http://www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/ Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S.A. It has about 600 000 inhabitants and is the home of many great universities such as Harvard University and MIT. It is a fun city to visit and it is strongly recommended to attend a hockey game (Boston Bruins) or a baseball game (Boston Red Sox). How to get there: There are different way of getting to Boston from Kingston. By car: Renting a car and driving to Boston is a popular alternative and it is often relatively cheap if you are a couple of people sharing the rent. If you decide to drive to Boston, take the 401 east from Kingston and exit south on highway 81 after about 40km. Drive south on the 81 for about 170km and then drive east on highway 90 towards Boston. That distance is about 500km. By air: Going by air to Boston is more expensive than renting a car. If you decide to go by air, the plane will always stop in Toronto or MontrĂŠal first and it is therefore recommended to go to either Toronto or MontrĂŠal by bus and then go to Boston by air.


MONTRÉAL

E XPLORING CANADA : Montréal

http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/ Montréal is located in the French-speaking part of Canada and it is the second largest city in Canada. There are several beautiful parks in the city and the skyline offers a magnificent view. How to get there: By car: Drive east on the 401 from Kingston and drive for about 350km until you get to Montréal. By train: Getting to Montréal by train takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Going by train will require taking a taxi to the train station in Kingston. Train is usually more expensive than taking the bus or renting a car if you share the rent between a couple of persons. By bus: Taking the bus takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes and you can either book the trip through www.coachcanada.ca or http://www.myams.org/services/22-destinations, which usually is a cheaper alternative because it is only available for Queen‘s students. The tickets are bought at the destinations office on the second floor in the JDUC building (see campus map).


NIAGARA FALLS

E XPLORING CANADA : Nigara Falls

http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/ Niagara Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. The town is located right by the falls and the view of the falls is extraordinary. You can watch the falls from both the Canadian and the American side since the one fall lies in Canada and the other in the U.S. The city offers a wide variety of restaurants and a casino. It is recommended to stay in Niagara Falls for 2 days at the most since the city is quickly explored. How to get there: By car: Drive west on the 401 from Kingston to Toronto for about 250km. When you have reached Toronto, head south on the 407 and continue all the way to Niagara Falls. That distance is about 150km. By bus: The easiest way is taking the bus to Toronto and then taking another bus towards Niagara Falls from there. The travelling time is about 5 hours depending on the transfer time in Toronto. By train: The travelling time is about 5 hours depending on the transfer time in Toronto. This is usually a more expensive alternative than taking the bus, but also more convenient.


OTTAWA

E XPLORING CANADA : Ottawa

http://www.ottawa.ca/ Ottawa is the Capital of Canada. The city has a population of about 850 000 people and approximately half of the population is French-speaking and the other half is English-speaking. The Byward Market in downtown Ottawa offers fine dining, trendy bars and clubs, pubs and live music. Trendy restaurants, cocktail bars, or lots of dancing can also be found on Elgin Street. You can also head to Bank Street for pubs and live music, or enjoy a relaxed atmosphere on Preston Street, the heart of Little Italy. How to get there: By car: Drive east on the 401 from Kingston for about 100km. Exit north on the 416 and continue for about 70km. When you arrive at the 417, head east towards Ottawa and continue for about 10km until you arrive in Ottawa. The car ride takes about 2 hours. By bus: The travelling time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes and you can either book the trip through www.coachcanada.ca or http://www.myams.org/services/22-destinations, which usually is a cheaper alternative because it is only available for Queen‘s students. The tickets are bought at the destinations office on the second floor in the JDUC building (see campus map). By train: The travelling time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.


QUÉBEC CITY

E XPLORING CANADA : Québec City

http://www.quebecregion.com/e/ Québec has a population of about 500 000 people and is the second largest city in the province of Québec after Montréal. Quebec City is known for its Winter Carnival and for its Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations. Tourist attractions located near Quebec City include Montmorency Falls, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, the Mont -Sainte-Anne ski resort, and the Ice Hotel. How to get there: By car: Drive east from Kingston towards Montréal. When you arrive in Montréal you can either take the 40 or 20 towards Québec. The driving distance is about 650km. By train: The travelling time is approximately 7 hours depending on the transfer time in Montréal.


TORONTO

E XPLORING CANADA : Toronto

http://www.toronto.ca/ Toronto offers many different fun attractions such as the CN tower, the hockey hall of fame and of course watching baseball games at the Rogers Centre. The Shopping in Toronto is good, but the prices are usually higher than in the U.S. Toronto lies beautifully by the shore of Lake Ontario and the view over the lake is very beautiful. How to get there: By car: Drive west on the 401 from Kingston and continue all the way to Toronto. The driving distance is about 250km. By bus: The travelling time is approximately 3 hours and you can either book the trip through www.coachcanada.ca or http://www.myams.org/services/22-destinations, which usually is a cheaper alternative because it is only available for Queen‘s students. The tickets are bought at the destinations office on the second floor in the JDUC building (see campus map). By train: The travelling time is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.


SKI TRIP TO MONT TREMBLANT

www.campusvacations.com Every year, many Queen‘s university students go on a ski trip to Mont-Tremblant in the province of QuĂŠbec. This is usually a very fun event and it is strongly recommended that you attend this event if you get the chance. The trip takes place on January 22 and February 19 in 2010 and the price per person is $249. This includes round trip transportation, a 2-night stay in a 4-star Tremblant Village Hotel, a 2-day lift ticket (Saturday and Sunday) and exclusive night events.

Special thanks to David Handlos (University of Mannheim) for letting us use some of his pictures for this project.

E XPLORING C ANADA :

MontTremblant Ski Resort


Exchange E-Magazine Winter 2010