May 13, 2014

Wrong Kingston



when security wasn't watching...
{Photos by Dinesh and me; Special thanks to Dinesh for photos!}

"So parts in Assassin's Creed looks like Montreal since the game was partially developed there" Pranav said, "And another part was based from Kingston, which now I want to visit because it looks cool!".

That resulted in a road trip to Kingston, Ontario for a day. We got up at 8am, drove 2 hours to a city that is known for its prison and University. One of the guys wanted to go because of Assassin's Creed, and I wanted to go because I'll take any excuse to get out of Ottawa.

Although I really should have gotten the hint from Tripadvisor that there isn't much in Kingston when its number one rated attraction is its University campus.

Kingston feels like a smaller Ottawa. We checked out the locks on the Canal, City Hall, Queens (which looked like every other Ontario university), Correctional Services of Canada Museum (the prison museum)- because people aren't allowed to go into the actual prison. Infact, even if you murder someone you can't go into that prison, because it is officially closed.

But you could go to the prison museum. The prison museum was just a big house across from the prison. It's small that spending an hour there is plenty. It also has the saddest gift shop- one glass display booth with "Correctional Services of Canada" T-Shirts and badges that looked like it was designed by a highschool student in the 80's. Though I thought the torture chamber and a range of weapons the inmates made out of garbage was interesting because I'm a twisted individual like that.

Then there was Fort Henry. There was one person working the ticket booth and one security guard for the entire place. "wow, only $5 to get in!?" I said, thinking what a great deal that was. That thought quickly left when I walked into the tiny fort, the size of an elementary school outdoor field. No one else was there except us. The rooms echoed. The furniture and displays were all dusty. The mattresses of the soldier's bunks and their jackets had all sorts of stains. There were puddles of water in the courtyard where the flies were breeding like crazy. I must have swallowed at least a dozen.

All in all we checked out every attraction in Kingston in less than 6 hours. At 3pm, we decided to cut our loses and drove back to Ottawa.

"Yeah, Kingston looked nothing like Kingston in Assassin's Creed... Hey AJ, did you know that Kingston is in Assassin's Creed?" Pranav said.
"Are you sure they aren't referring to Kingston Jamaica?" AJ asked.

Then it made sense. No wonder the Kingston in Assassin's Creed looks so lively, so green, so colorful, so fun. Because that is Kingston Jamaica. Meanwhile we wasted an entire day in Kingston Ontario.

Kingston Ontario. That darn Kingston Ontario.