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Kingston celebrates First Capital Day as history comes to life in City Park

June 8, 2015 -

Each year, Kingston celebrates its unique role in history as the First Capital of United Canada. While June 15 is officially First Capital Day – the day that then – Governor General Lord Sydenham declared parliament open in Kingston in 1841 – activities are being held on June 12 so that school children can enjoy the festivities and learn about Kingston history during their school day. 

Residents are also invited to visit the park exhibits in celebration of Kingston's key role in the nation's history with FREE 1841-era activities scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in City Park.

Experience life in the First Capital era:

  • Try spinning and weaving, rope-making, blacksmithing or a military muster
  • Experience health care and medicine in the First Capital era
  • Learn the history of the broadsword – and the myths associated with it
  • See storyteller Pauline Grondin perform as Agnes Macdonald (Sir John A. Macdonald's wife)
  • Visit Sutler Cyrus and his old time medicine show
  • Enjoy a musical puppet journey of the Great Lakes (at 10:30 a.m.)
  • Go on an architectural scavenger hunt
  • Learn about the aboriginal way of life
  • Enjoy live entertainment at noon with the Salon Theatre and Fresh Water Trade
  • Visit some of Kingston's most popular museums through exhibits at the park

The West Street entrance to the ring road that runs through the bottom of City Park will be closed to the general public throughout the day to accommodate this event. Patients of Kingston General Hospital's cancer clinic can park on the ring road and may access it off Barrie Street. 

Buses may drop off and pick-up on Bagot Street at the park building, but will not be allowed to remain parked at that location.

School groups should see the First Capital Day listing for June 12 at www.CityofKingston.ca/events for special school group details and how to book certain activities.

Also on June 12, visitors who tour City Hall, 216 Ontario St., will get a free commemorative Sir John A. Macdonald pin, marking the bicentennial of the birth of Canada's first prime minister.

Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.