Visitor reminds us that the peninsula is pretty special
Article by: 27476 OCdt Danielle Fielding
Kingston, ON is a city full of history and stories. This beautiful city was strategically located at the head of the St. Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Cataraqui River, “Cataraqui” being Kingston’s original name.
It has been a site of military importance since Fort Frontenac was built in 1673. The War of 1812 led to the bolstering of military troops, the servicing of ships and the building of new fortifications to defend the town and the Naval Dockyard.
During the war it was a major military centre, the base for the Lake Ontario division of the Great Lakes British naval fleet, which engaged in a vigorous arms race with the American fleet for control of Lake Ontario.
As aforementioned, it was a strategic location in which there was the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard, which was a Royal Navy Dockyard from 1788 to 1853, at the site of the current Royal Military College of Canada. Established in 1876, RMC has been a fixture in Kingston ever since, and now many come from all over Canada, and even all over the world to visit.
For those attending the college, they sometimes lose touch which just how fascinating the peninsula truly is.
Recently, one Kingston born and raised civilian, Miss Danielle, decided to finally come and see what this peninsula had to offer, after looking at it for so many years from across the water.
Most notably, she commented on the stunning and variety of architecture of the different buildings. Many of the buildings, such as Mackenzie building and the Stone Frigate, have old architecture and add to the history of the campus; whereas buildings like Fort Brant Dormitory and Sawyer building are evidently much newer construction and go to show how the military college continues to adapt and change throughout the years.
Miss Danielle said “I’m most amazed by the water that surrounds the peninsula. Growing up in Kingston I have always had a love for water that is inexplicable, and finally coming to the college campus, I am truly in awe with how much of it is surrounded by water. It almost feels like when walking onto the campus, I am on an island. Also, the campus provides of view of downtown Kingston I have not seen before. I am almost jealous of the students who get to wake up to that every morning.”
While on her visit, she had a couple questions about the history of RMC, and everything that can be found on its campus. This Kingstonian was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly and happily cadets were willing to answer any of those questions. In addition, the cadets were given a new perspective on what it is like to step onto the campus for the very first time, thinking back to how it was for them when they first arrived.
Although some cadets may take for granted the opportunity they have to live in such a historic place, it is not lost on those who come to visit such a spectacular peninsula.