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Top 7 Attractions in Kingston

Popular Kingston sights and tourist spots
  • 7.6 /10
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    A canon within Fort Henri.
    Fort Henry is a 19th century fortress that was meant to protect and defend the city of Kingston, Ontario, as well as to dissuade the usage of the Rideau Canal by enemy forces. The fortress is strategically located at the junction of the St. Laurence and Rideau Rivers. It's defensive walls and canons are built and positioned to make it nearly impossible to attack, by ground or naval bombardment, without suffering a high level of casualties. Fort Henry also offer visitors a re-creation of historical military life, drills and musical plays by costumed military interpreters, also called the Fort Henry Guard ...

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  • 7.5 /10
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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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