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Taking one, or all, of these free self-guided tours (see links to printable guides below) is a great way to explore and celebrate Kingston's bounty of beautifully preserved and historically significant 19th century properties.

All these tours of historic Kingston follow routes starting from City Hall at 216 Ontario St. and many wind through the city's Old Sydenham Heritage area which may soon be designated a Heritage Conservation District under the Ontario Heritage Act.

The Earl Street, King Street, Wellington Street, John and Joseph Power, Ontario Street, Princess Street, Brock Street and Naval Historic Sites tours were developed with the Kingston's Municipal Heritage Committee and are available in French or English. All — except for the Naval Historic Sites tour — can be walked within an hour..

Also see the "In Sir John A.'s Footsteps" free walking tour, written by Sir John A. enthusiast and local journalist Arthur Milnes, comes with an audio accompaniment voiced by the Right Honourable Jean Chretien with an introduction by Speaker of the House Peter Milliken.


In Sir John A's Footsteps

 

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Written by Kingston writer Arthur Milnes, is a self-guided, one-hour walking tour through the streets of Kingston, home of Sir John A. Macdonald — Canada's first Prime Minister.

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Sur les traces de Sir John A.! par Arthur Milnes, auteur originaire de Kingston:   Une visitée guidée d'une heure dans les rues de Kingston, où a vécu Sir John A. Macdonald, père fondateur du Canada, premier titulaire du poste de premier ministre.

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Français

 

Audio Tours

Podcast

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Don Cherry, with Jim Dorey

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Jean Chretien, with Peter Milliken

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Paul Martin and Arthur Milnes

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English

Peter Milliken

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Other Tours

Earl Street / rue Earl

This four-block tour looks at homes on one of Kingston's oldest streets.

English

Ce circuit vous fera parcourir quatre pâtés de maisons adjacents à la rue Earl.

Français


King Street / rue King

This five-block tour looks at some of Kingston's most stately historic buildings.

English

Un circuit qui vous fait parcourir cinq pâtés de maisons le long de la rue King Est.

Français

 

Naval Historic Sites / les sites historiques Navals

Kingston's rich marine history dates back more than 300 years and is carefully preserved in parks, monuments, forts, museums, buildings and dockyards.

English

La riche histoire de la marine à Kingston a plus de 300 ans et a été jalousement conservée dans des parcs, monuments, forts, musées, édifices et quais.

Français


Architects (architectes) Newland & Coverdale

A tour that highlights some of the fine architectural contributions of two prominent Kingston architects to Old Sydenham Ward - William Newlands and William Coverdale.

English

Une visite guidée qui met en valeur quelques-unes des ravissantes réalisations architecturales du quartier Old Sydenham qui sont l'oeuvre de ces deux éminents architectes de Kingston.

Français


Ontario Street / rue Ontario

Learn about George Browne, Architect of City Hall, the old K&P and Grand Trunk Railway Stations, the Prince George Hotel and more.

English

Votre visite commence devant le Centre de renseignements touristiques.

Français


Architects (architectes) John & Joseph Power

The Powers built a number of Kingston's significant 19th century homes and buildings. This tour looks at those surrounding Kingston's beautiful City Park.

English

... met en valeur quelques-unes des ravissantes réalisations architecturales du quartier Old Sydenham qui sont l'oeuvre de ces deux éminents architectes de Kingston.

Français


Princess & Brock Streets / rue Princess & rue Brock

A tour through the old Kingston business district.

English

À la découverte de l'ancien quartier d'affaires de Kingston.

Français


War 1812 / La Guerre do 1812

This walk of modern Kingston is of buildings and sites as they existed on November 10 1812.

English

Cette visite à pied de la ville contemporaine de Kingston vous fera découvrir les bâtiments et les lieux tels qu'ils existaient le 10 novembre 1812.

Français


Wellington Street / rue Wellington

This five-block stretch is home to a number of well-preserved historic homes.

English

Cette visite commence à l'angle des rues Wellington et Johnson.

Français


William Street / rue William

William Street was developed in the early 19th century on the west edge of commercial Kingston.

English

La rue William s'est développée au tournant du 19e siècle à l'ouest du secteur commercial de Kingston.

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