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Top 7 things to see and do in Kingston

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    The Rideau Canal becomes the longest skating rink in the world during winter.

    The Rideau Canal is an engineering masterpiece that permits boats to navigate the Rideau River against Ottawa's downward elevation. It was originally built in order to offer an alternate route and access to the St. Laurence River from Kingston in case of an American naval embargo.

    The Rideau Canal is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) long, and its historical locks are still in operation today. The canal connects through many lakes along its path, and about 12 miles (19 km) of its waterway are human-built.

    The Rideau Canal waterway has been declared a World Heritage Site and is the oldest operating canal in North America ...

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  • The Royal Military College of Canada Museum collects and protect historical artifacts related to military life in Kingston, Ontario. It is also the ground of real-life military cadets training. Visitors are welcomed to visit and experience a blend of the past and present military life at the college. ...

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  • The Penitentiary Museum located in Kingston, Ontario, displays many historical tools and items that were often used in penitentiaries over time. It also showcases many inventive weapons and escape aids that prisoners were secretly able to create out of their allowed daily objects. ...

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  • The City Hall, with it's upper clock and dome, is Kingston's, Ontario recognized visual landmark. It was built to become Canada's parliament in the 1840's but the capital was moved to Ottawa because of Kingston's potential war vulnerabilities. Like many other historical buildings in Kingston's area, it's structural foundation is made of limestone.

    Today, the building mixes historical tours, rooms and artifacts with current administrative activities for the city. ...

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  • The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes showcases a large number of items and docking structures from the past centuries. It displays the historical steam engines and pumping station that was built at the end of the 19th century.

    There is also the historical Alexander Henry icebreaker ship that is open for visit and even available as a bed & breakfast.

    The museum is located on the shores of the St. Laurence River in Kingston, Ontario. ...

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  • The Bellevue House, located in Kingston, Ontario, is mostly known for being the property of Canada's first prime minister to become, Sir. John A. McDonald, in the 1800's.

    The house showcases it's rooms with the same historical setup and items that was used in the 19th century. This gives a clear idea of what life looked liked in Sir. John A. McDonald's time. Adding to the charm of the property are old-fashioned costumed tour guides. ...

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  • * Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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