City marks 176 years of being Canada's First Capital

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May 29, 2017 -

On June 15, Kingston marks the 176th anniversary of being the First Capital of a united Canada with a day of free history-themed activities at City Park. 

"This is also the sesquicentennial year of Canada's Confederation, so Kingston's role as the country's first capital takes on an even greater significance. Kingston's history is Canada's history and we have a lot to celebrate," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

City Park First Capital Day Festivities

Here's what's going on at City Park between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 15:

  • Opening ceremonies with Mayor Paterson, Chief Jim Bob Marsden of the Alderville First Nation and the Town Crier at 9:45 a.m.
  • Watch The Paddling Puppeteer: Honest Frankie's Shoreline Review at 10 a.m.
  • Do a muster with the Fort Henry Guard
  • Learn to make rope or use a broadsword
  • Make a take-home souvenir with the Martello Alley Artists
  • Visit displays by the Historic Costume Club, the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum and the Museum of Health Care.

Find the complete schedule at

For more details on sesquicentennial celebrations in Kingston see

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. 

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