City Hall


The grandiose City Hall is one of the country's finest classical buildings and a relic from the time when Kingston was capital. Friendly volunteers conduct free tours during summer, revealing colorful stained glass, dozens of portraits, dusty jail cells and an ornate council chamber. You can also download a self-guided tour brochure from the website.

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1. Kingston Public Market

0.03 MILES

Canada's oldest continuous market takes place in the square behind City Hall. Stalls sell food, fresh produce, handicrafts, art and, on Sundays between…

2. Pump House Steam Museum

0.47 MILES

The one-of-a-kind, completely restored, steam-run pump house was used from 1849 to 1952. Today the warehouse features all things steam-related, including…

3. Fort Henry National Historic Site

1.01 MILES

This restored British fortification, dating from 1832, overlooks Kingston from its hilltop perch. The postcard-perfect structure is brought to life by…

4. Bellevue House

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In the mid-19th century, this National Historic Site was briefly home to Sir John A Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister and a notorious alcoholic…

5. Penitentiary Museum

1.75 MILES

The ‘correctional service’ is what Canadian bureaucrats call the nation’s jail system, and this museum is a good way to enter that system without stealing…

6. Marine Museum of the Great Lakes

2.04 MILES

Despite its smaller space since moving from the dry dock to the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, this museum still offers a detailed account of Kingston's…

8. Frontenac Provincial Park

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Frontenac's 5355 hectares straddle the lowlands of southern Ontario and the rugged Canadian Shield, giving the region a unique menagerie of wild plants…