The Kingston Penitentiary

About the Kingston Penitentiary

Kingston Penitentiary has become one of the city’s most popular destinations after ceasing operations and opening as a tourist attraction in 2013. The large facility, which boasts unique domed architecture, opened its doors in 1835 and was one of the world’s longest-running correctional institutions. Features include stone walls with guard towers, numerous cell blocks, high rear walls backing onto Lake Ontario, an exercise yard, dining hall and kitchen.

The CBC/Netflix period miniseries Alias Grace (2017), based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, made ample use of the penitentiary, where part of its true story actually unfolded.

Kingston Penitentiary is currently only available for filming from October through April, outside of the active tours. Reduced access may be available during the tour season on a case by case basis.

Ontario Film Commission Location Library

Access full location details and contact information on the Ontario Film Commission’s Location Library.

Additional Photos Available

Additional photos are available at the Kingston Film Office Photo Library.

Contact the Kingston Film Office

Alex Jansen
Film Commissioner
Tel: 613-548-4415 ext. 7226

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