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Kingston Walking Tours now available through a free mobile app

May 30, 2016 -

Eleven walking tours of Kingston are now available for free download on your Apple or Android mobile device. Available in both in English and French, you can find them by searching "Kingston Walking Tours" in the Google Play or Apple stores.

As part of a Commemorate Canada Heritage grant, tours that were in print have been updated for the Kingston Walking Tours mobile app that works with geo-fencing technology and does not require internet connectivity once it is downloaded.

Walking tours are an active and enriching way to enjoy the historic charm and beauty of Kingston. Share the app with your visitors this summer and plan to try one or more of the tours:

  • The architectural walking tours were written several years ago by Peter Gower and John Duerkop of the City of Kingston's municipal heritage committee. They include tours of: Princess and Brock streets, Earl Street, Architects Coverdale and Newlands, Architects John and Joseph Power, Ontario Street, King Street East and Wellington Street.
  • Gower has also written a fascinating tour of the War of 1812 that takes visitors through buildings and sites as they existed on November 10, 1812.
  • "In Sir John A's Footsteps," a popular tour written by Arthur Milnes, was updated for the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial and added to the mobile app.
  • Local historian and Queen's University professor, Laura Murray, recently completed a new tour, "Life and Labour in the Inner Harbour." This tour features photos, map, text and audio to help visitors imagine the area as it was in various times over the past 350 years.

The City of Kingston would like to offer a special thanks to Murray and her team at Queen's University for all of their work on this exciting new tour and acknowledge Canadian Heritage for its support of this project.

For more information please visit www.CityofKingston.ca/explore/culture-history/history/walking-tours (or search "walking tours" on the City's website).

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality – ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information please contact Julie Fossitt, marketing manager of cultural services at 613-546-4291, ext. 1143 or jfossitt@cityofkingston.ca