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May 28, 2018 -

On June 15, Kingston marks its 177 anniversary of being the first capital of a united Canada with a day full of free history-themed activities at City Park.

"As Kingstonians we live in a city filled with history" says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "First Capital Day is a great opportunity for our youth to learn about our long and rich past as a city and Kingston's role as the country's first capital in a fun, hands-on environment."

First Capital Day will kick off with opening ceremonies with Mayor Bryan Paterson and the Town Crier, followed by Paddling Puppeteer: Honest Frankie's Shoreline Review at 10 a.m.

Hands-on activities and displays will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Park.


  • Meet a voyageur, an 1812 travelling clothes merchant, a 19th-century surgeon, rope-makers, spinners, weavers, and Sutler Cyrus Wakefield
  • Practice drills with the Fort Henry Guard
  • Train with a broadsword with Broadsword Academy Kingston
  • Create a take-home souvenir with the Martello Alley Artists
  • Visit displays by the Historic Costume Club, the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, the PumpHouse Museum and the Museum of Health Care
  • Take a Haunted Walk Tour  through City Park (book ahead by calling 613-549-6366 or email

Parking and Drop-Off

  • 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.

Exhibits will be in the park, rain or shine, unless it becomes a safety hazard.

To request a teacher's package or for questions about the event please e-mail or call 613-546-4291 ext 1715.

Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy food from one of Kingston's local vendors on site. Don't forget to bring your sunscreen and a water bottle to fill up at the Utilities Kingston Water Buggy.

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 and join the conversation on social media.

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