2016 marks the 175th anniversary of Kingston becoming the capital of the United Province of Canada, a role it served between 1841 and 1844.

Stories of Kingston

The City will launch on First Capital Day. This new community website features snapshots and stories about the people, places and experiences that make Kingston the best little city in the world.

Have a Kingston story to share? Everyone is invited to send in stories and pictures to be posted on starting June 15.

Window from Canada's First Parliament returns to Kingston

A stained glass window featuring maple leaves – believed to have been first installed in the Kingston General Hospital building at the time it housed the first parliament of a united Canada in 1841 – will be on display at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 36 University, from June 15 to Aug. 28. The window is on loan from the Canadian Museum of History.

Photo Gallery

Local museums celebrate Kingston's history all year round

Residents are also encouraged to visit one or more of these Kingston historic sites and museums during the day:

  • City Hall (pick up a scavenger-hunt colouring book!)
  • The Murney Tower Museum
  • St. Georges Cathedral
  • Canadian Penitentiary Museum
  • Bellevue House
  • Miller Museum of Geology
  • The Museum of Health Care.

Please note: some museums have entrance fees. Go to  to find links to many of these museums.