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Plan to take a free tour of City Hall National Historic Site

May 16, 2016 -

Volunteer tour guides are ready to share the history of Kingston's City Hall, a national historic site, through free tours starting today at 216 Ontario St.

The tours run:

  • Monday through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October 14.
  • Saturday and Sunday tours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 21 through Aug. 28. 

Self-guided tours are offered year-round at City Hall in English, French, Mandarin, German and Spanish. They can also be found at www.CityofKingston.ca/CityHallTours .

School tours and guided tours in French are available by appointment and must be booked in advance by calling 613-546-4291 ext. 1520.

Our 40 dedicated volunteer City Hall guide ambassadors share the history of Kingston, the artifacts within City Hall and the personalities of the past and present who are all part of the story of Canada's First Capital. Some highlights include:

  • New this year – the Heritage Resource Centre containing dozens of amazing artifacts and fascinating factoids from Kingston's past.
  • The largest known portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister – 2015 was the bicentennial of his birth.
  • Sir John A.'s original writing desk. A French/English guide outlining all the Sir John A. Macdonald artifacts in City Hall is available at reception. 
  • The stained-glass windows of Memorial Hall which depict the many battles of the First World War.
  • Historic jail cells in the basement.
  • The Royal Way featuring photographs and other memorabilia commemorating royal visits to Kingston.

You can take an online tour of Kingston's City Hall here: www.CityofKingston.ca/explore/culture-history/history/city-hall/chronicles/tour

New volunteer guides are always welcome and are encouraged to contact us to find out more information at 613-546-4291 ext. 1520 or ecashman@cityofkingston.ca.

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. 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.