Kingston 5: Culturally-Rich Venues

By Kingston Accommodation Partners

Canada’s First Capital has plenty of culturally rich experiences for you take in on your visit! Whether you’re on the hunt for beautiful architecture, wanting to marvel at tried and true technology or looking to return to your historic roots, your time in Kingston will be a lesson in culture!

1. The Gothic Glory of Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Why you should go:

You don’t need to be religious to appreciate this landmark of Kingston, whose distinct look can be seen from Highway 401. Built in a gothic style (with limestone quarried on the spot), the Cathedral features beautifully arched windows and doors and rib-like buttresses, preserving its traditional French roots. For the more devout, check out their website for a thorough listing of Mass schedules.
Find out more: www.stmaryscathedral.ca


2. The Notariety of Bellevue House,
National Historic Site of Canada

Why you should go:

Oh, come on. Walking in the steps of Canada’s first prime minister is something any proud Canuck would be happy to cross off their bucket list. Sir John A. Macdonald’s one-time home has been restored to its original 1840’s lustre – and staffed with costumed interpreters. While it’s only open seasonally, it makes for a great addition to your summer photo album. At less than $4 per person or $10/family, it’s a pretty great deal for experiencing a bit of history.
Find out more: www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/bellevue/visit.aspx


3. The Creepiness of The Kingston Haunted Walk

Why you should go:

Now entering its 19th year of operation, The Haunted Walk of Kingston is without a doubt the most popular walking tour around. Be led on a spooky tour down the streets of Limestone City, or experience first-hand the haunting of Old Fort Fright. The tour guides are always at the top of their game with well-researched material, and make the tour that much better by really playing the part. As in most cases, reservations are preferred so they can plan ahead to make your experience the best it can be – and don’t miss out, because they’re only open from September to mid-October.
Find out more: www.hauntedwalk.com


4. The History of Fort Henry

Why you should go:

The Fort was built from 1832 to 1837 and used to protect the naval dockyard at Point Frederick, but today it continues in its role as both a museum and historic site to visitors from all around the world. Once you’re inside, you’re in the realm of 19th century military life and experience guided tours, heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard. Throughout the year, Fort Henry also hosts a series of special events, including the acclaimed Sunset Ceremonies which you really shouldn’t miss.
Find out more: www.forthenry.com/index.cfm/en/about-the-fort/


5. The Beauty of Kingston Mills

Why you should go:

If you’re looking to just get away and reminisce upon a simpler time, look no further than the locks of Kingston Mills. Bring your camera and admire the mechanics of a technology that has stood the test of time and maybe consider becoming a boat person. It’s a great place to read a book and relax while watching the different boats pass through the locks. Most people just make an afternoon of it and having a picnic since there are picnic tables and barbecue grills.
Find out more: www.rideau-info.com/canal/locks/46-49-kingstonmills.html